KENYA: A FACT FILE
Kenya is named after Mount
Kenya, the mountain of whiteness. Kenya is part of East
Africa, divided by the equator and is on the Indian
Ocean.It covers an area of 582 646 squared kilometers,13
600 of which is inland water. Kenya is borderd by Ethiopia
and Sudan to the north, Somali to the north east, Uganda
and Tanzania to the west and the Indian Ocean to the
east.has a population of about 30 million people. It
comprises of around 42 ethnic groups and having Nairobi
as it’s capital city.
Kenyan people- Nowhere in Africa can you observe and
meet so many ancient cultures all alive and well and
in no hurry to change.
The discovery of hominid fossils nearly four million
years old shows that East Africa is indeed the cradle
of mankind birth place of the most ancient people on
From the nomadic Samburu pastoralists to the postcard
community- the Maasai (morans striding through the Mara
wearing a red shuka over a shoulder carrying a stick
and a spear Kenya is indeed a pot of dynamic and various
Kenya a former British colony
has a history which goes back a long time during the
Arab and Portuguese period. It gained her independence
in 1963 and has gradually grown to it’s current
population and level of development. Overtime shifting
from a One single state party to a Multi-party country.
It has two rainy seasons
the long rainy season runs in the months of April and
May and the short rains in September to November.
Days are warm with cool early mornings and evenings
in most of the country.
Tropical and often humid at the coast.
In keeping with the acceptable
practice elsewhere in the world visitors are advised
not to leave cash and valuables in the hotel rooms but
to make use of the hotel’s safe deposit boxes
or safes. Visitors should not carry large sums of in
cash on their persons while walking on the streets.
They should be careful with their bags, necklaces and
jewellery, which should be kept at the hotel safe. As
is in all major cities walking at night alone should
As a precaution anti-malarial
proplylatics should be taken before, during and after
a visit to Kenya. Good hospitals and medical care facilities
are available. Precautions against over-exposure to
the sun are advised.
Tap water should be considered unreliable for drinking
and visitors are advised to buy bottled mineral water.
Please avoid photographing
the local people you meet without their consent. Also
avoid taking photos of military officers in uniform
and Government officers.
Local Time – GMT plus
three hours. (GMT + 3)
Visas - On entry, every visitor is required
to pay USD 50 for their visas.
Banking hours : 09.00 - 16.00 Mon - Fri
Currency : Kenya Shillings
Major Credit cards : MasterCard, visa,
- Prescription drugs (also bring the generic
names for these drugs), Toiletries, Sunscreen (rated
SPF 15 or higher) Sunglasses, Insect repellant, Flashlight,
Batteries (for electronic equipment)
- Gifts for children or a school if you
like (pens or pencils, t-shirts, baseball caps)
- Binoculars (very important)
- Favourite road snacks
Key Documents and
- Passports (with visa entries)
- Health cards (vaccination certificate)
- Credit cards (VISA and/or American Express),
traveler’s checks & some US
Video Camera if you have one
A 35mm Camera with interchangeable lenses
is recommended. Bring a long lens (an 80mm-200mm zoom
lens is fine) for wildlife photography. A 35mm-70mm
zoom is also nice to have.
Bring camera and lens cleaning equipment
for the dust (a blower brush and a soft chamois cloth
contact us for more information.