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TRAVEL TIPS

 

Travel Essentials

 

Passport- Should have a validity of 60 or more days from the expected departure day to East Africa

 

Visa- Usually costs $50 and can be obtained through the Kenyan embassy in your country or on arrival at the airport for most of the EU countries. Kindly check if you need a visa to Kenya before departure. Visit the Kenyan evisa for more information.

 

Travel Insurance- Travelers should have medical insurance, as it will be responsible for all medical expenses they may incur.

 

Health- Ensure that you get the right vaccination before arriving to Kenya by consulting with your doctor. Also it is important to carry with you a sunscreen lotion as the sun may be detrimental to your skin.

What you need to know when in Kenya

 

Kenyan Roads- All major roads in Kenya are in good condition allowing a smooth ride. This is different for National reserves and parks though are quite navigable.

 

Use Of Credit Cards- Most credit cards are accepted in establishments countrywide among them being MasterCard, Visa card and American Express. However, it is always advisable to carry a small amount of money in cash whether in Euros, British pounds or US dollar. The Kenyan currency is Kenyan shilling. Therefore, it would be advisable to convert some of your money to Kenyan shillings to be able to purchase from the local stores and souvenir shops.

 

Water- At Regenbogen Safaris we provide mineral water throughout your entire journey. We therefore discourage drinking of tap water as it may bring adverse effects to your health.

 

Luggage- The baggage allowance on light flights in Kenya is 12kgs which include camera and video equipment. Extra luggage will be stored for you in a hotel in Nairobi until your return. You are advised to take care of your items throughout the tour.

 

Camera- We recommend a camera that is 35mm with automatic exposure and interchangeable lenses. This will allow you to take clear photographs of the wildlife including birds. Always carry extra batteries for every camera flash and unit. A few plastic bags will come in handy especially when protecting your camera from dust in the dusty National Parks and Reserves trails.

 

Climate- Kenya is a year-round destination with delightful temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Most safaris are at moderate altitudes where the days are warm and the evenings cool. The humidity is low and daytime temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Except at the highest elevations, it rarely drops below 50 degrees at night. July and August are the coolest months, with highs in the 70's. The warmest months are December to March with highs in the 80's

 

Clothing- You are advised to bring casual summer clothes that are easily laundered and dry quickly. Visitors on safari have traditionally worn olive, tan or other neutral colors. These clothes reflect the heat, don’t show the inevitable safari dust, and do not stand out. Much of the time on safari is spent in a van so lightweight and comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes or desert boots) are appropriate. Hiking boots are not necessary. The style in Africa is casual, even in the evening. For Dinner in Nairobi and at the Mount Kenya Safari Club, dress is smart casual. Do pack a swimsuit and cover-up, as most of the establishments have lovely pools and beaches.

 

Languages- Both English and Swahili are the official languages in East Africa, and most people you meet will speak in English. You may wish to learn and use a few phrases in Swahili like Jambo(hello) Asante (thank you) Kwaheri (goodbye). Our guide can teach you more.