You are about to begin your journey to the land of first-class diversity, from snow tops in Central Kenya to sunny beaches at the Coast. Also the diverse culture and beautiful breath taking sceneries all over Kenya will leave your mind with photographic memories that you shall remember all your life. African Beads Safaris has put together briefs on travel information that would let you acquaint yourself with what to expect in Kenya before you arrive.
Please ensure that you have your visa in hand at least a week prior to arrival. Also carry all necessary documentation (including copies) even after you have received your Visa.
Make sure your passport is valid and store it separately and in a safe place. While on safari, you will be required to carry your passport around frequently.
Insurance & Medical Care:
We strongly recommend you have travel insurance in place as at time unexpected events or accidents can leave you with cancelled plans and significant unbudgeted expenses. We work with two reputable travel insurance providers with whom you can gain easy online quotations.
It is recommended you seek medical advice at least six weeks before your departure. Record all vaccinations on an International Health Certificate, available from your doctor or government health department, and carry it with you.
Although Kenya sits on the Equator, not all of the country is hot. Some parts are actually quite cold. Elevation is the major determinate of temperature. Elevation ranges from sea level to 15,600 feet. Temperature, rainfall and humidity variations are extreme.
There are basically three climatic regions in Kenya:
- the tropical coast,
- the dry plains, and
- the fertile highlands.
The coast is tropically warm and humid with cool ocean breezes. The dry plains dominate much of northern Kenya and some other parts, where savanna grasslands characterize the plains.
Temperatures are hot, and humidity is low. The fertile highlands include most of the Rift Valley and make up about a fourth of Kenyas total land area. The sun is strong everywhere, and dust is often a problem.
Kenya experiences wide seasonal changes. There are two rainy seasons:
- The long rains occur from late March to early June and
- Short rains from October to November or early December.
Temperatures are coolest in June and July, coinciding with the animal migration from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara. The rains settle the dust and stimulate another migration of animals to drier areas, now green with life. December, January, and February are the warmest months. Daytime temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees F; evening temperatures are much cooler. It is generally dry and clear during these months, and animals concentrate around waterholes. Extreme temperatures in Nairobi range from 50 degrees to 90 degrees.
You can exchange money at banks or with change agents at fixed rates. They will give you a receipt - which you must keep! (You will later need it for tax clearance upon your departure) - and you will need to show your passport and give your signature.
Check www.xe.com or local daily papers for current listings of exchange rates and stock Indices once you get here. Use your discretion as per rates offered in choosing a bank or an airport to exchange money.
With the normal measures that are required everywhere your safety will be very much assured during your safaris. However just as a precaution the following steps can be enforced;
- Keep your wallet in your front pocket.
- Keep your important documents in a secure place and if possible file them for immediate reference and safekeeping immediately.
- Store your material in an organized manner.
- Keep a list of important numbers with you all the time
- Be aware of strangers.
- Guide to Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro edited by Iain Allan. This book describes walking and climbing on the two highest mountains in Africa. It is targeted mainly at climbers and alpinists but it also is of good general interest since it describes the walking routes, flora, fauna, geology and history of the two mountains.
- Mountains of Kenya edited by Paul Clarke. The book describes 100 mountains and summit walks in Kenya and each mountain has a proper description of how to get there, where to camp and what route to take up it.
- The Flavors of Wasini Island: Compiled by the Wasini Womens Group, the cookbook containing a collection of some of Wasini Island’s mouth-watering recipes.
- Field Guide to Larger Mammals of Africa (Field Guide)
- The Rough Guide to Kenya (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
- Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Helm Field Guides)
- Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania, (Helm Field Guides)
WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR TRIP
- Long sleeve shirts
- Long trousers
- Swimming costume in case you cant do without
- Socks preferably cotton
- Comfortable walking boots (water proof if possible) plus open shoes
- A day pack for small essentials like camera, hut, water, cookies etc
- Camera (plus more than enough film rolls or digital storage cards)
- Telescope and Tripod for birders.
- Money belt
- Note book and pens
- Camera & film
- Field Guide Books (but in each safari vehicle we provide field guide to birds, mammals, reptiles)
- Alarm clock
- Malarial tablets
- Insect/Mosquito repellent
- First aid kit
- Enough stock of your medical necessities such us (incase) diabetes and so on.
- Also bring your favorite snacks/cookies for long journey
- Air tickets
- Credit card
- Driving license (in case you are hiring a car)
- Travelers cheques