Frequently Asked Questions About Kenya
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KENYA?
Kenya is a year-round destination and it is possible to see wildlife at all times of the year. Depending on your interests, certain times may be better than others. For instance, if you want to see the Great Migration, this tends to travel through Kenya between June and October. However, even this can be difficult to determine, as the movements of the wildebeest depend on rain and weather conditions.
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IS KENYA A GOOD DESTINATION FOR A BEACH HOLIDAY?
The Kenyan Coast is a beautiful and idyllic region that is extremely popular for its white sandy beaches, palm trees and relaxed holiday feel. The balmy waters of the Indian Ocean are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing and other water sports. We recommend including a beach visit to the end of a Kenya safari so that you are able to experience all that magical Kenya has to offer.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN KENYA?
Kenya is one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. It is a perfectly safe country to visit, although the usual safety guidelines apply – don’t leave your luggage unattended and always keep your valuables close by or locked away.
Read more about our Kenya Travel Advice.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE TRAVELLING TO KENYA?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you take out adequate travel insurance at the time of confirming your booking. This should cover any medical situation (such as hospitalisation), as well as cancellation or curtailment of arrangements and loss of your baggage. When you travel with &Beyond, you are automatically covered by our emergency evacuation insurance. This provides emergency medical services/evacuation to hospital should you suffer either severe illness or an injury whilst travelling with us. As this is for emergency evacuation only, it does not cover the cost of treatment once in hospital and in no way replaces your normal travel insurance, which must be purchased prior to travel.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO KENYA?
Visas are compulsory for all visitors, including those from countries that were previously exempt, such as the USA, UK, Germany and Belgium. Visas may be applied for at a Kenyan embassy in your home country or upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta or Wilson Airports. However, it is recommended that visitors obtain their visas prior to arrival to avoid the possibility of long queues at the airport. Passports are required by all foreign visitors and must be valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Please ensure that there are sufficient blank pages in your passport (a minimum of two is required) for any visas as well as for entry stamps upon arrival.
ARE BANKING SERVICES EASILY AVAILABLE IN KENYA?
National and international banks have branches in Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu, Thika, Eldoret, Kericho and Nyeri, as well as most other major towns. Banks and bureaux de change at international airports are open 24 hours a day.
CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN KENYA?
All major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express) are widely accepted.
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN IN KENYA?
More than 40 ethnic languages are spoken in Kenya, although the national language is Swahili. Most Kenyans also understand English.
IS THERE AN EBOLA RISK IN KENYA?
No, there is no Ebola risk in Kenya.
Kenya is located in East Africa and there have been no reported cases of Ebola. East Africa and Southern Africa therefore remain safe travel destinations as they are situated thousands of miles from the affected areas. The Ebola outbreak is contained in West Africa, affecting only Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
None of the countries where &Beyond operates safaris and tours from have been affected by the disease, and we continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis to ensure the health and safety of all our guests at all times.
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Situated Southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1 510 km2, the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains.