Travel Information

Travel information
As one of the most popular destination in Africa for wildlife safaris, Kenya has been welcoming overseas visitors for many years. It is where the safari actually started.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance in place as at time unexpected events or accidents can leave you with cancelled plans and significant unbudgeted expenses.

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Security
We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Aardwolf Africa is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.

The Kenyan tourist circuit is quite safe for tourists. This is due to concerted efforts by stakeholders to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay without any security concerns.

The tourism industry particularly in Kenya takes visitor safety very seriously and considers all aspects of the tourist's stay in the country. Accordingly the industry created a Safety and Communication Centre several years ago now under the auspices of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), which is operated 24hrs a day to monitor visitor safety. The Kenya Tourism Federation represents the leading tourism trade associations comprising the Kenya Associations of Tour Operators (KATO), Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC), Travel Agents (KATA), Budget hotels (KBHA), Air Operators (KAAO), Ecotourism Society of Kenya (ESOK), as well as Mombasa and Coast Tourism Association (MCTA). Hence the KTF Safety Centre is the brainchild of these Associations.

The Safety and Communication Centre is manned by well professionally trained staff capable of handling various issues of concern to tourists. These include security, health, road conditions, weather, travel advisories and updates etc. Aardwolf Africa is a member of the Safety and Communication Centre and is regularly updated on issues that are of critical importance to them.

There is a 24hr TOURIST HELPLINE (020 - 604767) where one can seek assistance in case of need.

Kenya Visas
Visas are required for all visitors to Kenya, except for Nationals of the following countries who do NOT need a Kenya visa:

Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Cyprus, Dominica, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Nationals of all other countries require a visa. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport in Nairobi or Mombasa, EXCEPT for citizens of the following countries who DO need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Senegal, Somalia, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Cameroon, Pakistan, Tazikstan, North Korea

For other nationals, visas can be obtained at the airport upon arrival in Kenya, or from the Kenyan Embassies / High Commissions abroad prior to departure. Currently the visa fee is US$50. Please note that if you obtain the visa on arrival at the airport, payment should be made in US$ cash banknotes and the immigration officers do not accept credit cards or travelers’ cheques, so you will need to have the exact amount in cash. The visa is valid for three months, allowing return into Kenya from Tanzania or Uganda at no extra fee.

You can download the visa form and print this out to complete the details, ready for presentation at the airport in Nairobi.

Health
There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entry to Kenya unless you are arriving from an area infected with Yellow Fever, in which case a Certificate of Inoculation against Yellow Fever is required from travelers older than one year. Visitors coming from other countries in Africa where Yellow Fever may occur, including Tanzania and Zanzibar, require a Yellow Fever certificate.

The other recommended vaccinations are Typhoid, Hepatitis and Polio, and anti-malarial medication is essential. Anti-malarial drugs should be taken prior to arrival and should be continued for 4 weeks after leaving Kenya. It is also advisable to try and avoid mosquito bites by using repellent and by wearing suitable cover-up clothes in the evening.

There are good hospitals in the main towns of Kenya while the rural areas have small health centers where one can get basic first aid. It is absolutely essential that all visitors carry some form of medical insurance to cater for any eventualities. There is an excellent Flying Doctor service in Kenya in the event of a medical emergency, while on safari away from the urban centers. Hotels and lodges supply clean drinking water but whenever in doubt, please drink only bottled mineral water (which is available in hotels and safari camps). Drinking water from the tap is not encouraged.

Climate
Kenya's climate varies across the country, from the tropical humidity of the coast, the dry heat of the savannah or semi-arid areas and the cool air of the highlands. Temperatures in these areas are fairly constant year round with an average of 27°C (80°F) at the coast, 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) in the hinterland, while in Nairobi and the highlands over 5,000 ft, the daytime temperatures normally range between 19°C and 24°C (66°F to 75°F).

Most parts of the country experience two rainy seasons: the 'long rains' falling over a ten week period between April and June, and the 'short rains' over a five week period between November and December. The rain tends to fall mainly at night and is usually a short and heavy tropical downpour.

Rain may occasionally fall outside of the normal rainy seasons. In the highland areas north of Nairobi it may get chilly at night or in the early mornings - especially June, July, and August when temperatures are cooler - so it is recommended that visitors pack some items of warm clothing.

Airlines
Many International Airlines fly into Nairobi. There are also several charter airlines operating weekly flights from Europe into Mombasa.

Money:
Kenya Currency, Credit Card and Bank Information
All the major Credit cards are widely accepted in the bank. A commission charge is normally added to any transactions using a credit card. Personal cheques, foreign bankers cheques and travelers cheques are difficult to cash hence not acceptable.

Banking Hours:
Monday to Friday: 09.00-14.00 (16.30 in the major cities). The airport banks are open until midnight every day. Banks typically give a better exchange rate than hotels and we recommend you change some money at the bank upon arrival. In Nairobi, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has a bank located in the corner of the arrivals hall. ATM cash machines are available at Nairobi airport and in most major towns allowing cash to be drawn using an international Visa card with a P.I.N.
For up to date Kshs exchange rates please check on the internet

Packing List
Soft bags (that are lockable) are preferable to large rectangular suitcases. On the Safarilink and Air Kenya light aircraft flights the weight of luggage that can be checked in is limited to 15kgs. We will be glad to store any excess luggage (bags must be locked) at our head office at no extra charge.

Photography
As a basic guide we suggest that each person have their own camera, a 35mm or 5+ mega pixel digital camera. Interchangeable lenses are recommended, with a normal lens and a telephoto of at least 200 mm, although a 400 mm or more is preferable for close-ups and for photographing birds. Other lenses e.g. wide angle, macro etc., may be brought.

 

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