Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterised by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Banking and Currency

Local currency: Kenyan Shilling  
Symbol: KSh 
ISO code: KEN 
Central bank: *South African Reserve Bank 
Subunit: *Cent 
Banknotes: KSh1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 
Coins: KSh20, 10, 5 

Card Transactions:  
ATMs: Yes 
Mastercard: Yes 
Visa: Yes 
American Express: Sometimes 
Diner’s club: Sometimes 
Banking Hours: 
Weekdays: 09h00 - 15h00 
Weekends: 09h00 -12h00 
Public Holidays: No 
Foreign exchange services: Yes 

Travel, Transport and Getting Around

Main airlines: Kenya Airways, Airkenya Express, Fly540, JamboJet, African Express Airways, Mombasa Air Safari 
International Airports: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Kisumu International Airport, Eldoret International Airport 


Conditions vary greatly. 
Tar roads: Yes 
Gravel roads: Yes 
Valid International Driver's License needed: No, unless your national licence is not in English. Third party insurance is needed. 
Car hire available: Yes 
Taxis: Yes 
Uber available: Yes 
Inter-city bus services: Some, but not generally safe.  
Local city bus networks: No 
Railway system: Yes 
Subway System: Yes 
Ferries: No 
Water taxis: No 
Leisure cruises: Yes 

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice

Food and water safety: 
Can you drink the tap water: No 
Fresh fruit and veg: No 
Ice: No 
Meat: If well cooked 
Street food: No 
Local cuisine: Kenyan food is diverse, exhibiting the different tastes and flavours of its different tribes, as well as the spices of early Arab settlers and East Indian railway workers, and the fresh seafood straight from the Swahili coast. Top dishes include Kenyan Stew, made with meat and spices; Mutura, a rich, dark goat sausage; and Mandazi, a kind of donut flavoured with cardamom and sweet coconut milk.

Drinks:  Maziwa Lala (fermented milk usually suitable for those who are lactose intolerant)

Tipping: 10%  

Climate and Weather

Annual rainfall: 680 mm 
Average temperature: 25°C - 29°C 
Average in highs: 26°C 
Average in lows: 16°C 
Average in highs: 21°C 
Average in lows: 12°C 
Best time to visit: Visiting between July and September, the dry season, will allow you to experience milder climate and see the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. In the rainy season, you’ll find fewer tourists and stunning, lush landscapes.  

Clothing and Dress Recommendations

Spring and Summer 
Cool, light, breathable and comfortable: Yes 
Lightweight warm clothes: Yes 
Winter and Autumn 
Jerseys, cardigans, sweaters, jackets: Yes 
Heavyweight clothing and boots: No 
Umbrella and raincoat: Yes 
Warm gloves, hat and scarf: Yes 
Swimming costume (bathing suit): Yes 
Hat, sunglasses and sunblock: Yes 
Walking shoes: Yes 
Casual: Yes 
Smart-casual attire: Yes

Internet Availability

Internet cafes: Yes 
Accommodation options: Yes 
Restaurants: Yes 
Cafes: Yes 
Shopping malls: Yes 
Public parks: No 
Libraries: Yes, in cities. 

Electricity and Plug Standards

Plug Type: G 
Voltage (V): 240 
Frequency Hertz (Hz): 50 

*A Travel plug adapter and voltage converter might be necessary depending on your appliances. 

back to top