Kenya Travel Advisory & Travel
Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast,
temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the
The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa (altitude
17 metres) is 30.30 Celsius maximum and 22.40 Celsius minimum, the
capital city, Nairobi (altitude 1,661 metres) 28 Celsius maximum and 10
Celsius minimum, Eldoret (altitude 3,085) 23.60 Celsius maximum and 9.50
Celsius minimum, Lodwar (altitude) 506 metres) and the drier north plain
lands 34.80 Celsius maximum and 23.70 Celsius minimum.
There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are
worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early
in the morning.
The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to
December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often
falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from
February to March and coldest in July to August.
The annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti National Park in
Tanzania and Masai Mara National Park in Kenya takes place between June
and September. The migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras
and other species is nature's greatest spectacle on earth. The animal
trek has been captured by filmmakers worldwide.
Baggage space on safari is restricted to
one medium suitcase or similar per person, plus hand baggage (private
safaris where there are less than 7 persons in the vehicle are not
subject to this restriction). Visitors to Treetops and the Ark are asked
to take overnight bags only; suitcases can be left at the base hotel.
Hotels will normally store baggage at no extra cost. Baggage can also be
stored at Accord African Safaris offices. A baggage weight restriction of 15 kg
per person applies on air safaris. Where very small aircraft are used
this maybe reduced to 10kg.
Hard currencies can be exchanged in cash
or travellers cheques at banks all over the country, at forex bureaus in
Nairobi and at most large hotels. US Dollars and Sterling Pounds are
most acceptable and will cause the least delay. As a norm, always ask
what commission and charges will be deducted first and prior to
transaction. Banks are usually open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Mondays
through Fridays and from 9.00 am and 11.00 am on Saturdays.
VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS are widely accepted for tourist
services. There's usually a 5% mark-up on top of the price as
establishments are charged a fixed percentage of their transactions.
Since rules concerning disease prevention change from time to time, a
check should be made with the nearest Kenyan High Commission, Kenya
Tourist Office or any airline flying scheduled services into Kenya.
Malaria is endemic to most parts of Kenya and intending visitors should
start taking anti-malarial tablets before departure and continue taking
them for the prescribed time after their return. Insect repellents
should be made use of after dusk and suitable cover up clothes should be
worn in the evenings.
Kenya Travel Specials 2008