Kenya has the best of African flora and fauna. Many countries advise against traveling to Kenya due to the growing terrorism in the nearby countries and due to the banditry. Its coast does, however, allow you to visit excellent beach opportunities.

The country is fast developing to be one of the robust economies of Africa. You’ll be surprised to see the kind of living they have here because the country is still developing. On the northern part of the country lies Ethiopia and Sudan. This part is called the north rift valley. The eastern part shares the border with Somalia. Western Kenya has Lake Victoria next to it. And the south has a coast on the Indian Ocean.

All around the year, the climate is hot. So take your summer clothes! Nights can be cold, though, and places with high altitudes, like Nairobi, can have a freezing temperature during June. Nairobi is also the capital city of Kenya.

Other important cities are Kisumu (Near Lake Victoria), Malindi (landing of Vasco da Gama), Garissa, Nakuru (volcanic city) and Mombasa. It also has many nature reserves like Hell’s Gate National Park and Aberdare national park, which has around 250 bird species, Lake Elementaita, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Sibiloi National Park, also a UNESCO heritage site.

The main cities are connected by airlines, so getting around them shouldn’t be hard. The bus is a reliable means of transport in spite of the poor road condition. Matatus are the principal form of transport in African countries. These minibusses are stuffed with people and travel medium distances. For long journeys, rent a car for yourself or get on a bus.

English is an official language here. So it will just be easy to communicate with the locals. Do not try to bribe them to buy gifts. But help them and talk to them. In that way, you can forge a friendship with the locals.

One USD is equal to hundred and two Kenyan shilling. The currency exchange is available at the major banks, bureaux de change or authorized hotels. MasterCard and Visa credit cards are acceptable widely. Also, ATMs are available in every bank now, as well as on petrol station, in cities and large towns.

There are fantastic options for accommodation in cities. You can book a luxurious hotel or opt for guesthouses. A standard room will cost you between USD 10 – USD 40.

There are both private and shared taxis available in the country. Car rental service is available through travel agencies and international car hire companies. You need to be over 23 years old to rent a car, and also, rates vary greatly and can be rather expensive. Main roads are in good condition, but the smaller ones not so much. Cars drive on the left side of the road here. 

In Kenya, they use electric sockets of type G. The standard voltage is 240V. So, bring an adapter, if you are coming from the USA or Europe.

August 10, 2016 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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