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General Information on Travel in East Africa to help you plan your holiday or business trip.
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The rates shown are a guide, based on the rate per person sharing a double room. This rate may vary at certain times of year, and additional supplements are often required at festive periods.
Most rates are quoted in US$ Dollars, rates for Residents of East Africa are shown in Kenya Shillings (KES).
The meal plan may differ with the various types of accommodation, and this will naturally affect the cost.
Children - Child rates are usually 50% of the per person adult rate when sharing with two adults, and 75% when sharing their own room, and apply to children between 2 and 11 years inclusive. Some lodges and hotels have reduced rates for teenagers.
However this does not apply to all venues and there maybe different age brackets and costs. Some hotels and lodges are not suitable for young children or have a minimum age requirement.
Please check when booking.
You are strongly advised to take out travel and medical insurance in your country of origin. However, we can arrange medical and personal insurance if required.
Within East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi, anywhere within 1,000 kilometres of Nairobi), we recommend taking out Tourist membership of the AMREF Flying Doctors Maisha Tourist Plan which, for a small fee, will provide an airlift free of charge from anywhere within the specified distance, that is accessible by air, to Nairobi.
No specific heath requirements are currently necessary for entry into Kenya or Uganda, unless travelling from some other African countries when Yellow Fever vaccinations may be required. These being Ethiopia, West and South Africa. Tanzania requires a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate for entry from certain countries, including Kenya. Malaria is endemic in many parts of East Africa and anti-malarial prophylactics are strongly recommended. It is advisable to visit your family doctor at least a month before travelling in order to update any vaccinations, obtain anti-malarial treatment, and any long term medication that you may require or that your doctor deems necessary.
Security is usually a matter of general awareness and common sense, and the same precautions should be taken in our towns and cities as in any city worldwide. It is advisable not to wear jewellery (especially necklaces and expensive watches), do not carry large sums of money, and keep a close watch on handbags, wallets and camera equipment. When walking in town centres keep to the main thoroughfares and avoid walking at night, especially alone. Make use of hotel safe or deposit boxes and never leave valuables in hotel rooms or safari vehicles. It is a good policy to travel with photocopies of your passport, and any other important documents.
Visas to the East African countries are required by citizens of most countries, except those of East Africa. It is advisable to check with your Travel Agent or the countries Embassy/Consular office if in any doubt. Kenya - For more information on Visa requirements.
A new e-visa service for travellers to Kenya has been introduced.
Visitors are able to apply for entry visas in advance online via a dedicated portal at www.ecitizen.go.ke
Visitors are advised to register their application well in advance of travel as approvals may take up to seven days to process.
Travellers still have the option to buy their visa on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
A 3 month visitor's visa costs US$ 50. US$ 25 per child up to 18 years.The visa allows a re-entry to Kenya from Tanzania and Uganda.
For application at the airport or border crossing US dollars cash is required.
Cash, major credit cards and Travellers cheques are generally accepted in Kenya. Credit cards are not accepted in all areas of other regional countries, where you would be advised to carry cash, or travellers cheques. Only authorised dealers and banks are allowed to change currency. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be imported. It is strongly recommended that visitors carry little cash, in most towns money can be drawn from ATM machines. In lodges and hotels foreign currency can be exchanged, but usually not against cards. It is advisable for visitors to use up or convert back any local currency before leaving, as it will be difficult to exchange once overseas. Please note it is an offence to destroy local currency or to deface the currency in any way.
PLEASE ENSURE ALL US DOLLAR NOTES ARE NEWER THAN THE YEAR 2000. WE CANNOT ACCEPT OLD NOTES AND NEITHER WILL THE BANKS.
Park fees, are per person, per day. Fees for children are less. Fees differ according to the park or conservancy.
Uganda US$ 20-35, Gorilla permits $500 and chimp permits $90.
Tanzania US$ 25- 80.
Rwanda Gorilla permits US$750.
On most safari rates quoted the Park fees are included. Some safaris have "local charges", which are to be paid directly by the client to the operator during the safari. These are to cover Park or Conservancy and camping fees.
The dream of a safari is usually synonymous with game viewing. The best times of day for seeing and being able to watch the wild animals are in the cool hours of the early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active. The usual routine on safari will therefor be to rise early for a game drive before returning for a late breakfast, relax at your camp or lodge through the heat of the day, and then enjoy a late afternoon/evening drive to watch the wildlife and scenary until dusk. Driving around after dark is not permitted in the National Parks and Reserves, but night game drives, when you have a chance to see some of the nocturnal animals, can be arranged in some of the private Conservancies.
Clothing and Accessories
Safari wear should be comfortable and casual. Evenings and early mornings can be chilly so warm sweaters/ fleeces are recommended. Low heeled comfortable shoes are best, and suitable walking shoes should you intend joining any walking safaris. A hat, sunglasses, flashlight and binoculars are useful accessories. Most hotels, lodges and camps have swimming pools so you are advised to bring swimsuits. Some specialist safaris, such as mountain climbing and gorilla trekking, require extra items of clothing and footwear - details will be provided on booking. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Please remember that parts of the coast are predominately Muslim areas, where the communities derive from an ancient and sensitive culture. Always dress in a respectful way when visiting towns and villages – and never sunbathe topless on the beach. Laundry is possible on some safaris but not all. Although many places offer `same day' service, in practice this is not always reliable. We recommend you `save' your laundry until in a city or at the coast.
The spectacular and varied scenary, the wealth of wildlife and diverse lifestyles and cultures throughout East Africa offers tremendous opportunity for photography to both amateurs and professionals alike. We recommend that you bring your equipment, chargers, extra memory cards and batteries and any film with you. A telephoto lens is essential for good game and bird pictures. Most lodges and hotels have facilities for recharging batteries for video and digital cameras. Some specialised photographic safaris and courses are available. Please respect the local people and only photograph them with their permission. Please be strongly advised never to attempt to take photos of border posts, airports, persons in uniform and military installations where photography is strictly prohibited.
We are IATA approved agents and with E-ticketing (electronic ticketing) we are easily able to make your international or domestic flight arrangements and bookings for anywhere in the world. We shall forward to you full details of airline, flight schedules and all terms and conditions attached to that booking.
If you can afford it, travelling by air is the most practical way to get around Kenya. Whether you are visiting Kenya on a vacation tour, holiday or business trip, time is often very short and at a premium. Kenya air travel is convenient and quick. Popular domestic air travel route runs between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport, which is for the use of small planes, and Mombasa International Airport. Other destinations with flight connections include Malindi, Kisumu and Eldoret, as well the smaller towns of Diani (Ukunda), Lamu and Lodwar, most major game parks and smaller private airstrips.
Major airlines and charter airline companies that offer domestic Kenya air travel include Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways, as well as Air Kenya, Fly540, JetLink, East African Safari Air Express (SAX) and African Express Air, Safari Link, Mombasa Air Services (MAS), among others.
Hiring or renting a car in Kenya is a convenient way to travel around the country. Cars are readily available for hire at the major airports and from car rental companies in all major towns across Kenya. If you prefer not to do the driving, you can hire a car with a driver and save on the insurance cost while benefiting from the knowledge and services of a local driver. Road signage is an issue for visitors.
Kenya Train Travel
Getting around Kenya by train is limited to specific routes. You can travel between Nairobi and Mombasa by train, normally on an overnight trip lasting 14 hours. The train cabins are compartmentalised into first, second and third class with the former two offering bed and breakfast service.
Getting Around Kenya by BUS, MATATU or TAXI
The public bus system and matatus (privately owned minibuses) are the cheapest and most popular mode of transportation in Kenya, offering convenient and express services around the suburbs, and between the cities and towns. Buses are regarded as safer and follow the same route as matatus. Fare is paid onboard. Long distance buses between towns require advance booking, which can be done through their booking offices.
Whilst travelling on public transport it is advisable to be particularly careful of yourself and your possessions, and to travel during the day. Remembering the poverty in which many local people live.
There are always taxis/ cabs should you wish to travel short distances or take a one-time trip across the city or the suburbs, that will charge you an upfront fee.
Driving in East Africa is on the left hand side of the road.
Public Holidays 2016
Note that if the date of the holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday is taken as a Public holiday.
New Year’s Day is on 1st January
Good Friday is on 25th March
Easter is on 27th March
Labour Day is on 1st May
Madaraka Day is on 1st June
End of Ramadan(Idd) To be confirmed
Mashujaa Day (Heroes Day or Kenyatta Day) is on 20th October
Independence Day in Kenya is on 12th December
Christmas Day is on 25th December
Boxing Day is on 26th December
Read more about places and events, in this informative and fun e-mag.
We are members of the following Travel Associations: IATA (International Air Transport Association), UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agents Assoc.), KATO (Kenya Association of Tour Operators), KATA (Kenya Association of Travel Agents), ETK (Ecotourism Kenya)