Kenya is one of the African countries everyone needs to visit. The country is full of amazing attractions see link below https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g294206-Activities-Kenya.html
Therefore before planning a visit to Kenya here are a few things you should know;
- Get a visa
You need a visa to visit Kenya if you are from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada or any other European country. If you want to travel to Kenya from another country please see the link below https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=6. Usually you can also get one on arrival, for which you will have to pay about $50.
2. Plan your visit early
Plan your visit as early as possible. Ensure proper booking and availability of the places you are planning to visit. This is important because there are high seasons and low seasons. The High season falls in mid June through October and mid December to February mainly because of the dry weather, the low season falls between April to June when the country is experiencing the long rainy season. During high seasons it will be difficult to find a place that is available therefore prior booking is very important.
You definitely need to be familiar with the language. Kenya has two main national languages English and Swahili. If you can adequately speak English, you will have no problem, but it is always adviseable to know at least a few words in Swahili to show the locals that you are genuinely interested in learning more about their language and culture. Here are some common greetings in Swahili:
‘Jambo’ – which is saying ‘how are you?’
‘Haraka’- meaning ‘faster’
‘Sawa’- means ‘okay’
‘Asante sana’- translated as ‘thank you very much’
Your safety is very important when visiting a foreign country. Although Kenya is a very peaceful country compared to its neighbours, poverty is still a big issue. Therefore the crime rate is considerably high. As a tourist be careful and take care of your possessions and belongings such as bag packs, cameras, phones and laptops. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or showing off your gadgets ensure you dress moderately to blend in with the locals.
Although one can take photos of the beautiful landscapes, visitors should be aware that
it’s illegal for one to take photos of the president or the state house, the place where the president lives or any government building. However if you want to take a photo with a local just ensure you ask for their consent.
6. Means of transportation
Public transport is the most common means of transport for most locals. Minibuses called “Matatus” are an easy way to get form point A to point B, however for longer journeys around Nairobi it is advisable to either use an Uber or rent a car since traffic can be very brutal at times and you certainly want to make the most of your time here.
7. Packing is also important
Packing the right stuff can help avoid unnecessary expenses. I suggest you write a parking checklist and tick of every item once packed. Here are a few essential items during packing
- A warm fleece, Gloves, hat, jacket and scarf – from June to September it can get quite chilly in Nairobi and Northern Kenya
- Your passport, any visas you have, vaccination certificates, airline tickets, credit card, money, a day pack or small carry-on bag
- Binoculars, a camera with adequate – especially when going on Safari
- Sunglasses, personal first aid kit including necessary prescription medicines
- Insect repellent – There is always a risk of Malaria
- Sunscreen & unscented moisturizing lotion
- Lip balm
- A small flashlight
- Flip flops for the pool or shower
- Personal toiletries