If you go to Kenya for a safari, you can be sure to experience amazing nature and a fantastic wildlife. In order for us to prepare you for the trip in the best possible way, we recommend that you read the travel information below.
If you wish to extend your safari with a beach holiday in either Mombasa or Zanzibar, we recommend that you also read our travel information for Mombasa and/or our travel information for Zanzibar.
Furthermore, we encourage you to read more about the lodges/hotels that you can stay at during the safari and beach holiday.
We recommend reading our terms & conditions prior to booking.
Flight tickets and itinerary
When the offer is accepted, we will send you the documents regarding your flight tickets, including your itinerary.
It is very important that your name(s) on the flight tickets is 100% identical with the name(s) in the passport. Once the tickets have been issued, this cannot be changed.
In some cases, it might be necessary for the airline to change the flight times; therefore, it is very important that you – on the day of your departure – check the updated information regarding your trip via ViewTrip. Just enter your booking number from the flight ticket and your last name and press enter.
We recommend that you always arrive at the airport in good time before departure.
Even though we would love to help, unfortunately we cannot reserve seats on the plane. If you have special wishes regarding your seat, or if you are travelling as a group and would like to make sure that you sit together, we recommend that you enter the homepage of the airline company and pre-book seats for the flight.
On the airline homepage you will find a button saying, “manage my booking” (or likewise) – this is where you need to click in order for you to pre-book seats. Please note that many airline companies will charge a small fee for pre-booking. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your credit card ready. For a small fee, many airline companies also offer seats with extra leg space or upgrades for better comfort.
Each airline company has its own rules on how soon you can pre-book seats on the flight. Usually it is between 72 and 24 hours prior to departure.
Therefore, it might be a good idea to try to complete the pre-booking as soon as possible after having received your e-ticket. If it is not yet possible to pre-book the seats, you will be notified of this, including a notification about when this pre-booking can be done.
Most larger airline companies have an app for your smart phone in which you can usually chose/pre-book seats and also get immediate notifications about time changes.
The best time to visit Kenya
You can go on safari in Kenya all year. Most of the safari areas are situated on plateaus with an average temperature of about 27°C during daytime and about 13°C at night.
Usually there is a short rainy season in November and a longer rainy season beginning in April and until middle or end of May. When it rains in Kenya, it is usually rain showers that last for a few hours, before it clears, and the sun re-appears.
Therefore, it is no problem going on safari during rainy seasons; the areas are more luxuriant and there are not that many tourists.
Welcoming you at the airport
Our local guides will be waiting at the airport ready to welcome you and take you to the hotel.
Checked-in luggage and hand luggage
On your itinerary, you will find information on how much weight you are allowed to bring in your suitcase and hand luggage, respectively. It is important that you pack your bags in such a way that you can still “manage” for a few days, in case the luggage is delayed.
Therefore; remember to pack your passport, money, visa, medicine and maybe a change of clothes in your hand luggage. When luggage gets delayed, it always takes some time for it to arrive.
Transport in Kenya
All our safaris in Kenya are done in Land Cruisers with four-wheel drive. They are all equipped with a folding roof, so you can stand up during the safari. This way, you have a free view on all sides and the possibility of taking some amazing photos of the animals you see on the way.
The game drives are performed with a maximum of 6 persons in each car, which ensures everybody a window seat.
By paying an extra fee, it is possible to have your own car, so that other guests will not join you on the way. If you want your own car, remember to inform us about this when booking the trip.
Meals and beverages
Our trips include the meals mentioned in the program. Beverages are always at your own cost.
We recommend all our customers to have a travel insurance in addition to a cancellation insurance. Make sure that your insurance covers traveling to Africa.
Please be aware that a cancellation insurance needs to be booked before paying the deposit.
When travelling to Kenya you need to have a visa. You can either apply for visa prior to departure or you can apply for visa when arriving at the airport.
The price for obtaining a visa at the airport is 51 USD which must be paid in cash.
We recommend that you apply for an electronic e-visa online, so you don’t need to stand in line when you arrive at the airport. To apply, you use this link www.ecitizen.go.ke, create an account and sign in. Fill out the application and pay right away with Visa or Mastercard. Remember to print the confirmation and bring it with you when you leave for Kenya
We recommend that you apply for visa for Kenya in good time before departure; however, no earlier than 3 months before.
You should also be aware that your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after entry to Kenya and that there should be at least two blank pages in the passport.
If you are not an Indian citizen, we recommend that you contact the Kenyan embassy to learn what rules apply to you
We recommend that you talk to your doctor regarding vaccinations for Kenya.
Don’t forget to bring documentation that your vaccinations have been given; you might need to show this on arrival.
If you are travelling through another African country before arriving to Kenya, you should be aware of the rules about yellow fever. Also talk to your doctor about this.
How to dress for the safari
Usually we recommend that you wear summer clothes for the safari – pale colours, preferably, because strong colours will attract tsetse flies.
When it becomes dark, more mosquitos will come out. Therefore, we recommend that you wear a long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt. Besides, it might be a bit chilly early in the morning and in the evening, so it is a good idea to bring a warm sweater or fleece jacket.
We recommend that you pack the following items in your hand luggage:
Credit card and cash
Camera and binoculars
Mobile phone, charger, and other electronic devices
Clothes for a couple of days in case the suitcase is delayed
Pills against diarrhoea
Plastic ban in Kenya
When travelling to Kenya, you must take notice of the ban on plastic that has been effective in Kenya since August 2017.
In an attempt to limit the amount of environmentally harmful plastic, a law has been passed, which illegalizes all sorts of use, import, and manufacturing of non-degradable plastic. The ban regards all sorts of plastic bags, including those zip-lock bags used for packing toiletries in the hand luggage during the journey.
Generally, the rules apply to everyone, but the rules are more lenient for tourists. As a tourist you might get a warning from the authorities – and will probably have your plastic bag(s) confiscated. We encourage you to respect the rules; think of how you pack and what you pack things in. When arriving in Kenya, you can leave all plastic bags in the plane when leaving it.
Currency in Kenya
In Kenya, the local currency is Kenyan Schilling. We recommend that you bring USD for paying tips and drinks etc. Make sure to bring small notes: 20, 10, 5 and1 dollar bills. Please, note that in Kenya, you cannot pay with dollar bills older than 2003.
Also be aware, that in some accommodations in Kenya you might not be able to pay with credit card. If you can, however, there might be a relatively high fee for paying with credit card – which is why cash is the preferred method of paying.
In many places around the world, tips are a common part of the salary. This is also the case in Kenya.
It is a good idea to make sure that you have small bills. As a guideline for tips, we recommend 1 USD per bag that the staff carries and 6-12 USD per person per day for the safari guide.
Of course, tips are voluntary and should be given personally to the guide/porter. In addition, if you think that the driver/guide is doing a good job, he would appreciate some tips ongoingly.
Kenya is 2:30 hours behind India.
The population of Kenya is about 43 million people, and Swahili is the official language of Kenya. English is also a main language and is spoken primarily in the bigger cities and in areas with many tourists.
Children in Kenya learn English in school from first grade.
Remember to bring mosquito spray for your trip to Kenya and make sure to spray your body – particularly legs and hands – to keep the mosquitos at a distance. Most accommodations also have mosquito net in the rooms.
Electricity and charging of e.g. mobile phones
Most hotels and lodges in Kenya get electricity from their own generators, which are usually turned off during night-time. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring a flashlight or mobile phone with light.
In Kenya, they use three-legged sockets with 240 volts (English sockets).