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Kenya Safaris:With only a slight fluctuation in weather, pretty much anytime is a good time to visit the Kenya National Parks. With May being the only month to really avoid, your trip to Kenya can be arranged around your schedule.
Kenya Coast:The warmest months are December to April, with July and August the cooler months. Overall, the weather on the coast is very stable and doesn’t change much over the course of the year. The only thing you might want to avoid is the wet month of May.
Kenya is well served by most international airlines. The points of entry are via Nairobi and Mombasa international airports.
From South Africa:   SAA offers daily flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi.
Kenya Airways offers 3 flights a day from Johannesburg to Nairobi with connecting flights to Mombasa.
International Airlines Offering Flights to Kenya
Into Nairobi: Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Mauritius, Lufthansa and more.
Domestic flights: Air Kenya, Fly540.
Most nationalities entering Kenya require a visa - check with the High Commission of Kenya for your specific country’s requirements. Most visitors may obtain a visa on arrival at Nairobi Airport – visa costs can be paid in cash on arrival (please reconfirm that this arrangement is still valid before you travel). Passports should be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is compulsory when entering Kenya.
Travelers to Kenya over 16 years do not have to pay duty on 227g tobacco or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars; 1 bottle of alcohol; and 473ml perfume. The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). Traveler’s cheques in Sterling or US Dollars are recommended for your trip to Kenya. US Dollars in particular have become commonly used in many of the country's main hotels and safari lodges.
A malaria risk exists all year round, but more around Mombasa and the lower coastal areas than in Nairobi and on the high central plateau. Immunisation against polio and typhoid are usually recommended. A yellow fever certificate is a compulsory requirement to enter Kenya. Other risks include diarrheal diseases. Water is of variable quality and visitors are advised to drink bottled water only. There are good medical facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa but health insurance is essential.
You are strongly advised to take out travel and medical insurance in your country of origin.
Languages: KiSwahili is the official language, the lingua franca, although English is widely spoken in commercial areas. In addition, most tribes have their own language and in remote areas, the majority of people will only speak their tribal language. English is universally used in business, and spoken by most people in the tourist industry. Other languages are Gikuyu, Kiluhya, Dholuo, Kikamba, Maasai and Somali.
Ethnic groups: Kenya is home to 13 ethnic groups although there are a further 27 smaller groups. Most Kenyans belong to Bantu tribes such as the Kikuyu (22%), Luhya (14%) and Kamba (11%). The Luo (13%) are of Nilotic origin, as are the smaller Kalenjin (12%), Maasai, Turkana and others. Somalis and the nomadic Hamitic peoples (Turkana, Rendille and Samburu) live in the north; Kamba and Maasai tribes are concentrated in the south and eastern lowlands; the Luo live around Lake Victoria. Asian, European and Arab people makeup approximately 1%.
Religion:  Christian - 66%; indigenous beliefs - 26%; Muslim - 7%, other - 1%
The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). It is not available internationally, so visitors are advised to bring a sensible mix of cash. US dollars are recommended for the best rates of exchange and are also the preferred currency, however, Pound Sterling and Euros are also accepted. You can use credit cards at larger establishments, where Visa and Master Card are the most widely accepted cards.
We recommend you bring your equipment, extra batteries and all memory cards with you although all normal types of film can usually be bought in major towns and cities. A good lens is essential for exceptional game pictures. Please respect the local people and only photograph them with their permission. Please be strongly advised never to attempt to take photos of border posts, airports, and persons in uniform and military installations where photography is strictly prohibited.
Security is a matter of common sense and the same precautions should be taken in Kenyan cities as in any major city. Do not carry large sums of money, keep a close watch on handbags, wallets, etc. when walking in crowded areas and avoid walking at night, especially alone. Never leave money or valuables unattended, even for a short period of time. Most hotels provide safety deposit boxes, we recommend utilising these to avoid disappointment. Generally, security in Kenya is acceptable and tourist police are present in all major towns and cities.
As a custom, tipping is not compulsory but is usually expected as a sign of appreciation of good service. Safari guides depend on tipping as part of their income so keep it in mind when tipping the staff.

Recommended Tips to Drivers, Safari Guides and Hotel Staff:

Driver or Safari Guide: $5 to $10 per person per day while on safari.
Waiters / Porters / Room Stewards: $1.00.
Food is generally excellent in Kenya - full English breakfasts with fresh tropical fruit, buffet style lunches and three or four-course dinners can be expected. Beers, wines and spirits are freely available. We highly recommend only drinking bottled water.
Most of the time you'll be most comfortable in light, summer-weight clothes but do include a warm jacket as African nights can be surprisingly chilly. Pack sunscreen – lots of it – and a hat and sunglasses. Make sure you have at least one cool shirt with a collar for sun protection. Stock up on insect repellent and if you'll be in a high malaria area, ensure you have a cool, long-sleeved shirt and cool long pants for evenings. Bring good walking shoes for those adventurous moments. Always pack a sarong, kanga or kaki. These garments are probably the most useful and versatile items in Africa, if not in the world. If you're spending time watching game on a safari, you should try to wear reasonably neutral colours. You don't need formal clothes, but you will need something smart-casual when visiting exclusive hotels.
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Kenya Packages

K1: Ultimate Kenya Safari

Highlights:   Samburu NR / Lake Naivasha / Masai Mara NR
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date: 16 - 23 Aug 2020


K2: Amboseli & Masai Mara Safari

Highlights:  Amboseli / Lake Naivasha / Masai Mara NR 
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights 
Date: 08 - 15 Aug 2020

K3: Kenya Deluxe Safaris

Highlights:  Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara NR / Amboseli
Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights
Dates:  2020 (Set departure dates)

K4: Masai Mara Discovery

Highlights:  Masai Mara National Reserve
Duration:  5 Days / 4 Nights
Date Private Safari


K5: Kenya Wilderness Safari

Highlights:  Samburu GR / Ol Pejeta Conservancy / Lake Naivasha / Masai Mara
Duration:  9 Days / 8 Nights
Date:  Private Safari

K6: Out of Africa Safari

Highlights:  Amboseli NP / Lake Nakuru NP / Masai Mara NR
Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  Private Safari

K7: Twin Migrations

Highlights:  Wildebeest Migration and Whale watching
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Dates:  29 Aug - 5 Sept 2019

K8: Chale Private Island

Highlights:  Private Island
Duration:  You Choose!
Dates:  Private Getaway

K9: Mt Kenya Climb

Highlights Sirimon / Chogoria Route
Duration:  7 days / 6 nights
Date:  Schedule as you wish

K10: Best of East Africa

Highlights:  KENYA: Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara / Amboseli
TANZANIA:  Serengeti NP / Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara NP
Duration:  12 Days / 11 Nights
Date:  2019 (Set departure dates)

K11: Kenya Fishing Safari

Highlights:  Deep Sea Fishing
Duration:  You Choose!
Dates:  Private Getaway


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