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Did you ever imagine you would pay with shillings again?

Jambo! A warm welcome awaits you in Kenya, where the big game and splendid beaches are waiting to be discovered.

 

Top holidays in Kenya

Culture and history

Part of the British Empire until it was granted independence in 1963, Kenya has experienced much migration in previous years and is now one of the most culturally diverse African countries.

Interestingly, two famous men have strong links to Kenya. The father of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was born there and folk singer Roger Whittaker spent two years in the Kenya Regiment doing his national service.

The Queen was famously in Kenya when her father, King George VI passed away in 1952. As one gentleman put it at the time, she went up a tree in Africa a princess and came down a queen.

Flight time

It takes nine hours to fly from London to Nairobi.

Currency

Shilling - The official currency is the Kenyan shilling (KES), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at major banks although it may be useful to take some US dollars as these are accepted in most places.

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport.

Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Timezone

Somewhat surprisingly, Kenya is just two hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Mains voltage is usually 220/240 volts AC. Plugs are of UK type, either round two-pin or flat three-pin.

Language

English - Good news – the official language in Kenya is English! There are more than 42 ethnic languages spoken and the national language is Swahili. The most commonly heard Swahili word you are likely to hear is jambo, meaning hello!

Tipping

Tipping in Kenya is optional although you may decide to leave the hotel staff a little extra something.

Climate

The coastal areas of Kenya experience a tropical climate tempered by monsoon winds. The lowlands are hot but mainly dry, while the highlands are more temperate, with four distinct seasons.

Along with lightweight clothing you’d be wise to bring a waterproof jacket and a few sweaters for early mornings and evenings.

Health

Flying insects, including mosquitoes, are common in many parts of Kenya so bring long-sleeved, full-length clothes and a good supply of insect repellent.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

In 1960, the population of Kenya was 8 million. It is now around 43 million.

Kenya is almost two-and-a-half times larger than the UK.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public places. We recommend you obey the law – breaking it can result in a hefty fine or even the threat of prison.



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