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Travelling to Kenya

All the practical information you need regarding your trip to Africa is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

Before you Go

  • All hotels include breakfast, and all meals are included whilst on safari, although you will need money for extra drinks. Whilst in cities, we recommend budgeting approximately US$20-30 per person for a three-course meal, US$20-70 for a bottle of wine, depending on the brand, and US$0.5-1 for a 500ml bottle of soft drink. In lodges, a 500ml soft drink is around US$3 and a bottle of wine can vary from US$25-80. Throughout Kenya there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose. Credit cards are accepted in most places although Amex has more limited use.

  • British nationals require a visa to visit Kenya, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya.

    For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in Africa will give you your hotel and excursion vouchers when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • At the time of writing, children under 16 do not a visa to enter Kenya, if they are travelling with their parents.  If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the Kenya consulate to check requirements.

  • Kenya has a tropical climate with sunny days and cooler nights, and you should be prepared for a variety of conditions. Average daily temperatures are around 22–27°C, depending on which region you visit. The dry season extends from June to October and there are two rainy seasons: the big one from April to May and the smaller one from late October to December. The wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara usually happens between June and October. During the day it is generally hot, so you should pack lightweight loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics, such as linen or cotton. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers will protect you against mosquitoes at night. In the winter it gets chilly, so you should pack a warm jacket for morning game drives. On the coast, the climate is warm and tropical, with temperatures ranging from 20oC to 33oC throughout the year. The rainiest month is May, when the rain falls for around 19 days.  The sea is warm all year round, ranging from 25°C in July and August to 29°C in March and April.

    Electrical sockets in Kenya are 240 Volts. Sockets fit UK-style plugs.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

Health & Fitness

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground.

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives good advice about travelling in Kenya.

    Yellow Fever vaccination and malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting Kenya. Travellers coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    When visiting Africa, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. Tap water is not potable in Kenya, so we suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice. If you are unsure if salads and fruits have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

Getting there

  • A holiday in Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare.

    You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of on-board service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 20-23kg per passenger. Whilst in Kenya, maximum baggage allowed on all domestic flights (e.g. from Nairobi to Diani Beach) is 15kg packed in lightweight duffel bags. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance, and safari vehicles have limited space for hand luggage. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For flights within Africa, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot always guarantee specific seats.

Travelling in Kenya

  • The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (approximate exchange rate: 130KES = 1GBP). Credit and debit cards can be used in many shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines in cities. Whilst on safari, all lodges used by Llama Travel take card, however in more remote places you will need cash (US dollars is widely accepted in Kenya) for tipping and buying souvenirs.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • Although there is crime in some parts of Kenya, it is generally considered safe to travel in the touristic areas. As with anywhere, appropriate behavior can prevent theft. Tourists are often seen as being wealthy, and can therefore appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk to yourself, use common sense. Do not walk around with obvious signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive looking jewellery or with cameras round your neck. Keep passports and valuables in your hotel safe.

    When in restaurants, always keep bags (especially if they contain valuables) close to your person and out of sight. Do not walk down empty streets, especially after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a completely trouble-free holiday.

    Please use the safe in your hotel room to store your valuables, if this is available. If there is not a safe in your room, there will usually be a safe in reception where you can store valuables.

    Making sure that you stay safe during your holiday is very important. We bear this in mind when selecting hotels, but please understand that standards of health and safety in Africa are often not as high as they are in the UK. 

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK. Kenya is a socially conservative country and same sex sexual practices remain criminalized. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. Public displays of affection are discouraged, especially with LGBT couples. The UK Foreign Office offers up-to-date advice on LGBT Travel in Kenya.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance. Llama Travel does not arrange any adventure activities directly and we cannot verify the safety measures of any local operators.

  • Some excursions are operated together with other holidaymakers. All excursions are in English.

  • Tipping in Kenya is standard practice. Tips can be given in US dollars or in Kenyan Shillings. We recommend changing some money to spend on safari for drinks/souvenirs etc. Restaurant staff are used to receiving around US$5 per meal, and the same for housekeeping staff in hotels. Whilst on safari, it is recommended to tip driver/guides US$10-20 per person per day and porters US$1-2 per piece of luggage per movement.

  • To phone the UK from Kenya, dial the international dialing code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. Telephone cards are the easiest way to use public telephones, and can be bought in convenience stores.

    To phone Kenya from the UK, dial the international dialing code for Kenya (00254) and then the Kenya telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code.

    Most UK mobile phones work in Kenya, but international roaming may need to be activated. Check with your mobile phone service provider if your telephone will work.

  • Whilst on safari, you will be in the same 4x4 vehicle each day, with a maximum of six passengers and your driver/guide. Everyone has a window seat to ensure maximum wildlife viewing and photography opportunities.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than six people. If we have more than six booked, we operate two groups. If we have only one or two people booked on an excursion, the excursion may be operated together with people other than Llama Travel customers. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check.