Whether you are visiting Kenya for the first time or planning a return visit, these tips will help you prepare for your trip and help you get the most of your time in the country.
You’ve been dreaming about traveling to Kenya? Yay! Good Choice!
Kenya is an amazing country to visit mostly for its diversity.
Kenya really does have it all, from its incredible landscapes, amazing safari opportunities, fantastic hiking, and world-class beaches. If you are looking for an unforgettable trip this is the place to visit.
Too often in travel planning, we see some common mistakes that travelers make over and over which results in them not getting a perfect trip as they expected and we don’t want that for you!
It is very easy to avoid disappointments with a little preparation beforehand believe me!
There are a several tourists visas you can access when traveling to Kenya. Ranging from East Africa Visa, single permit, transit and layover visas among others. The East Africa Visa grants you a multi-country access to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Through the government portal you can check the visa requirements depending on the passport you hold; it is much easier and more convenient than applying for one upon arrival. It is recommended that you apply for a visa from 90 days before travel to avoid any inconveniences.
There is a mandatory yellow fever vaccination a traveler must get when visiting the country. Keep in mind that this type of vaccine is a live attenuated viral vaccine which means that not everyone can tolerate it well, therefore you should get it in advance. A single Shot will last you for a period of 10 years. There is no vaccine for malaria, but you can take anti-malaria tabs, or you can carry some with you just in case you need. Find out in advance whether your insurance plan covers international health expenditures. You can also carry a first-aid kit with you for any emergencies that might occur during your trip. Other items you can carry with you are, paracetamols or aspirin, paper tapes, antibacterial ointments, anti-diarrhea drugs, bandages, insect repellant, iodine tablets (for water purification), pocketknife, sunscreen, syringes, thermometer, spotlight etc.
Traveling to an unfamiliar place can leave you feeling vulnerable, so before you book a place to stay, always ensure that you do some research on both the apartment or accommodation and the neighborhood, and ultimately choose to stay in a place with positive ratings. Such information will give you an idea of what to expect, and the peace of mind you achieve is worth the effort. Kenya has a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from, 5-star hotels to Air bnb arrangements. Depending on the experience you are looking for. You can use travel agencies to help you get the best accommodation to suit your needs.
Plan well. Always do your research and decide on what you would like to achieve from your trip. Kenya has a lot to offer and you can not visit all the places at a go. Use travel agencies for easy convenience, as they will organize everything for you, and you will have an ample time to enjoy your trip rather than worrying on where to go and how to get from one destination to the next. In Nairobi the traffic is always horrendous so it’s better to plan ahead. It’s wise to schedule as it gives you time to rest and recover from tiresome trips like safaris and hiking.
You are required by law to carry your passport with you at all times in Kenya. You’ll be expected to present it whenever needed. Failure to produce identification documents will get you on the wrong side of the law and who wants to go to prison while on vacation? Definitely no one.