Useful Tips

Kenya is a beautiful country with diverse people and diverse locations. Whether you are planning on going on Safari to try and see the Big 5 or whether you want to relax on the pristine beaches of the coast, these handy reminders will make your stay a lot more enjoyable.


The rating system used in African countries is different from the rest of the world. Expect that a 5 star rating is closer to 4 stars by Western standards.


A valid passport (dates valid up to six months after date of departure) and a return ticket is required to the enter the country. A valid and up to date yellow fever vaccination and Yellow Card is required if you are travelling from a yellow fever area.

General Information

Electricity is 220-240V 50 Hz with UK 3-pin square pins. Some older buildings may have round pins. Time Zone is Greenwich Mean Time 3 all year round. Official languages are Kwiswahili and English. ASK before you take any photographs. There are regulations about taking photographs of monuments and government buildings. Please note that homosexuality is ILLEGAL in Kenya.


Malaria is a problem, especially in the rainy season. Check with your tour operator and remember to use prophylactics. Do not drink the water. Drink only bottled water. Do not buy food from street vendors or eat food that has not been properly cooked or peeled.


The local currency is the Kenyan shilling. Money can be exchanged at airports or banks. It is recommended that visitors carry small denominations of US dollars with them instead of exchanging their currency as many locations except it as legal tender. Credit cards are accepted in most locations. Market vendors and government institutions do not accept credit cards.