KENYA TRAVEL TIPS
Travel tips to Kenya: This article includes the travel information to Kenya including the Location of Kenya, about transport in Kenya, top attractions in Kenya, travelling solo to Kenya, travelling in a group tour, when to visit Kenya, entry and exit requirements to Kenya.
About Location of Kenya: As you plan to travel to Kenya for your next Africa safari, this article has some of the basics you need to know for the better planning on your adventure. Kenya is one of the most blessed African country worth a visit with plenty of stunning tourist attractions that are well distributed across the country starting with the beautiful Nairobi city, the people, fauna and flora to mention but a few. Kenya has several National parks, National Game reserves, Sanctuaries, and many more that harbor several species of wildlife bringing Kenya to the list of the top visited safari destinations in Africa. Kenya is covered by both land and water with the total area of 224,960Sqare Miles and it lies in the East African part of Africa in border with Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the South, South Sudan and Somalia to the North, Somalia to the East and the Indian Ocean. All these countries that border with Kenya can be easily accessed both by road and by air both for safaris, business and trade.
About road transport in Kenya: During your Kenya safari planning, you as well need to think about how to move from one place to another by road. There are several options for you to choose which one suites you best in order to have a fascinating stay in Kenya. One may opt for a self-drive in Kenya, another one may choose to hire a car with a driver, or even choose to use public means like buses to move from destination to another within Kenya. Whichever way one choose, at the end of the day you will have explore Kenya. However, I would recommend that choose to use a registered tour operator to be your service provider for both the car which comes along with an experienced safari driver/ guide to take your throughout your stay in Kenya keeping in mind that your driver knows better than you do since he/ she is a native of the area and thus knows the best routes and the attractions to explore during your stay. Depending on the budget of the client, we use both registered 4×4 safari Vans and Land cruiser extended thus a tourist has a right to inform us in advance about the type of car he/ she needs to use for the safari. The advantage of choosing a tour operator over self-drive is that the operator will help you in managing the entire safari including reserving your accommodation, organizing airport pickups and drop offs, designing a suitable itinerary with the activities you wish to do and catering for your transportation at all the time for as long as you are still on your safari. This makes the entire adventure tireless and hustle free as you enjoy the best of Kenya at a glance. Another important tip to note about road transportation is that the roads inside most parks are bumpy and rough thus a 4×4 vehicle should always be looked at.
About flights in Kenya: Lots of Airlines offer flights to and from Kenya’s Airports with the main International airport being Jomo Kenyatta international airport located in the city center of Kenya’s capital city Nairobi. Jomo Kenyatta international airport is one of East Africa’s best airport and yet the largest in Kenya and East Africa region at large thus land several flights from different airlines including but not limited to Qatar airways, Kenya Airways, British Airway, Fly Emirates, Swiss International Air Lines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Egypt Air, Brussels Airlines and Turkish Airlines to mention but a few. Cargo planes from Dubai as well as from Abu Dhabi land at Eldoret airport. Kenya as well has Wilson airport that is commonly used for domestic flights from Nairobi to various destinations in Kenya. There are other airports in Kenya including Mombasa airport and Lamu airport. Some of the airlines which offer domestic flights include Kenya Airlines, Safari Link, Aerolink, Express Kenya and many more.
About best safari destinations in Kenya: Kenya has abundant of safari destinations to explore during your Africa safari. However, there are those best and top destinations one ought not to miss out and they range from wildlife reserves, national parks, and the Nairobi city. Maasai national reserve obviously takes a lead as the most stunning and most visited savanna destination in the country famous for hosting the annual migration of wildebeests that move between Tanzania’s Serengeti national park and Maasai Mara national reserve Kenya. Other wildlife destinations in Kenya include Amboseli national park, Tsavo West National park, Lake Nakuru national park, Samburu National reserve, Ol Pejeta conservancy, Mount Kenya national park, Nairobi national park, Mount Elgon national park, Hell’s Gate national park and many more that harbor plenty of wildlife species including the big 5 games, the Samburu special 5, the big cats and may more. These savanna destinations offer game drives, walking safari, hot air balloon, birding and many more that enable tourists to enjoy the true wilderness in Kenya. Apart from the wildlife destinations, Kenya as well has best destinations to visit for cultural tours including the Maasai people, the Samburu people and many more. There is yet an opportunity to have a Nairobi city tour. Nairobi city has a lot to offer ranging from the National Museum, the Giraffe center, Elephant orphanage, Stedmark gardens, the Bomas of Kenya and many more.
Kenya as well has best beaches to explore for leisure and relaxation and these are distributed in Mombasa, coastal Kenya, Malindi and Watamu. Some of these beaches include Diani beach, Nyali beach, Shanzu beach, Vipimo beach, Gazi beach, Lamu Beaches, Blue Lagoon Bay, Bamburi beach, Watamu beach, Kikambala Beach, and Tiwi Beach among others.
About Group or solo traveler: Whether you choose to travel alone or as a group, the safari will still be fascinating and private for you throughout the safari. The only challenge with traveling solo is that you incur lots of costs on the transportation which would have reduced once you travel as a group. So I would recommend that you form a minimum group of about 5-6 people to cut down the costs on some things like transportation and accommodation and again a safari is more fascinating when done with friends and family.
About the best time to travel to Kenya: Africa and Kenya in particular is blessed with the best weather which favors tourism all year round but obviously it can’t be best all year round, some months be the better than others. For instance travelling in dry season cannot be the same as travelling in wet season due to difference in climatic conditions. The best time recommended to travel to Kenya for tourism is during the dry season when all the roads inside the parks are dry and easily passable as compared to rain season. By the way, during peak of rainy season some lodges/ camps in different parks in Kenya tend to shut down and reopen after the rains. This implies that visiting Kenya for tourism in such months is not highly recommended as Kenya Travel Tips.
Well, to enter into Kenya, all international travelers are required to present valid passports which are at least 6 months valid and with at least 2 blank pages where Visas will be stamped upon arrival and departures. Another important requirement for entry into Kenya is a Visa. A Kenya tourist visa costs only 50USD and can be applied for online before embarking on your flight. In case you wish to visit other countries in East Africa, then I will recommend that you apply for an East African Visa. You as well need to get shoots for the Yellow fever since you will be required to present this yellow fever card on arrival. You as well need to know that the maximum money allowed with you while exiting Kenya is 100,000 Kenyan shillings which is not the case with entering as you can enter with any amount but keep in mind that during exit you need to have at most 100,000KES.