Kenya Travel Guide
If you’re looking for an authentic African experience, Kenya is the place for you. It’s a country full of diverse landscapes, unique cultures, unspoiled beaches, world-class hotels (like Giraffe Manor!), and unforgettable wildlife experiences on the Maasai Mara.
It’s easily one of my favorite corners of the world and one of the best destinations in Africa to go on safari.
With endless plains that are full of wildlife, rolling hills, lush mountains, and a coastline that will leave you speechless, Kenya was made to explore!
When visiting Kenya, planning your trip around the dry season is key. From June to October, there will be little rainfall and wildlife is easier to spot due to the bush being less dense.
During this time, wildlife swarms the watering holes, and you’ll be in time for the Great Migration! Each year, over a million wildebeest and other animals make their way across the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.
However, traveling to Kenya during the wet season, from November to May, is the best time to find cheap deals. With less than perfect weather and fewer tourists, you’ll find plenty of discounts on flights, accommodation, and activities. If you’re planning a safari, keep in mind, that from March to May some lodges will shut down because of the rain.
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What To Expect
Language: Kenya is made up of about 40 ethnic groups, making the country extremely multilingual. However, English and Swahili are the two official languages.
Currency: The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (KES). $1 USD is equivalent to 101.27 KES. Some accommodation and tour operators will also accept payment in the US dollar.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards are widely accepted in big cities like Nairobi and Mombasa and even small sea-side towns like Watamu and Diani Beach. However, you’ll need some cash on you to pay for smaller purchases like tuk-tuk rides or souvenirs at local markets. ATMs are available at most petrol stations, shopping malls and the airports.
Plugs: In Kenya, the power plugs and sockets are type G. The standard voltage is 240 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz. For foreign travelers, I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: Kenya is generally a safe country to visit. However, you’ll need to keep an eye out for pickpockets and avoid walking around at night. When you arrive, ask your hotel which areas are unsafe to prevent any potential problems.
Bucket List experiences
Great Rift Valley
See Flamingos at Lake Bogoria
Helicopter Over Mount Kenya at Sunrise
Go Snorkeling at Watamu Marine National Park
Spend a Weekend on Lamu Island
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