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Kenya Travel Information

According to philosophynearby, Kenya is a country in Africa bordering Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan. Kenya has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1963. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi. A number of major cities in Kenya are: Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret.

Kenya is known for the many game parks and the thousands of different animals that live in this country. Tourism is therefore an important source of income for the population. Traditionally, coffee and tea are important export products, but nowadays flowers and vegetables such as green beans are also grown. The Kenyan population consists of many different ethnic groups, such as the Masai, Samburu, Turkana, Luo and Kalenjin. See behealthybytomorrow for Kenya amboseli ol pejeta masai mara.

Where is Kenya located?

Travel information of Kenya

Official name: Republic of Kenya
Continent: Africa
Area: 580,367 km²
Capital: Nairobi
Country code: KE, KEN
Population: 53,527,936 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 5,199 m (Mount Kenya)
Distance (Amsterdam – Nairobi): 6,651 km
Flight time: approximately 7 hours

Travel advice
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Kenya is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow, orange and red. Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice
is in effect for Kenya.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Kenya that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Kenya, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Kenya. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Kenya?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Kenya at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Kenya has a tropical climate. On the coast it is around 29 degrees during the day and around 23 degrees at night. Inland it is around 23 degrees during the day and around 12 degrees at night. Kenya has almost constant temperatures all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Kenya can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Kenya can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, June, July, August, September and December are the best months to travel to northern and central Kenya.
January, February, August, September and December are the best months to travel to South Kenya.
This avoids the rainy season and mass tourism.

English and Swahili are both an official language in Kenya. In addition, there are several local languages ​​(about 60).
Would you like to translate from or into English and/or Swahili for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid when you leave Kenya.
A visa is required. You must apply for this visa online via (credit card).

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Kenya:
Dutch consulate in Kenya:
Embassy of Kenya in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Kenya, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Kenya (with the exception of Nairobi). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Kenya, payment is made with the Kenyan shilling (KES).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Kenya can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Kenya are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -45% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (62% cheaper), food (33% cheaper), imported beer in catering (22% cheaper), cigarettes (71% cheaper) and public transport (81% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Kenya it is not customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour later in Kenya.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later in Kenya.
Kenya has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Kenya can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Kenya you must drive on the left.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Kenya you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Kenya.

In Kenya you need a power plug adapter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Kenya can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999
– Fire: 999
– Ambulance: 999

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Kenya can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Kenya can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Kenya end
Official Kenya website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Kenya is 00254 or +254.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Kenya? Then use the Dutch country code 00031.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of Kenya.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Kenya.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Kenya.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Kenya.

An overview of all public holidays in Kenya can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Kenya, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Kenya?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Kenya. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Kenya can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Kenya can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Kenya? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Kenya, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Kenya, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Kenya.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 21.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence more than 10 years.

Did you know that…
…There are 80 wild animal species living in Kenya?
…There are 70 different tribes living in Kenya?
…There are more than 50 national parks in Kenya?
…The Tsavo National Park is the largest national park in the world?
…The population of Kenya is one of the fastest growing nations in the world?
…Coffee is Kenya’s biggest source of income?

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