Visiting Kenya

There is so much to do and see in Kenya

This section is to help you plan your visit and make the most of your time in Kenya.

You can get a summary of the not-to-be-missed attractions of Kenya from its scenic wonders to its abundant wildlife and a whole range of holiday types to suit all tastes.

The Kenya fact file page will give you a snapshot of data on the country.

There is some useful information on planning your trip and selecting suitable clothes and accessories to pack and of course some useful Swahili phrases and words to help your visit go smoothly.

Travel tips for safe and enjoyable safaris

Do:

Before you travel, read guidebooks, travel articles and historical novels about the country you are visiting. Not only will your anticipation be sweeter but you will enjoy your visit more. By familiarising yourself with the local climate, customs and cultures you will earn the respect of and diminish the chances of inadvertently offending the locals.

Listen to and follow the advice of your ranger or guide at all times on safari.

Protect yourself from the effects of the sun and heat. Bring plenty of sunscreen (at least SPF15) and preventative medication (if appropriate). Ensure you cover up during the hottest part of the day (11am till 3pm) and remember that not all fabrics effectively screen you from the sun's burning rays.

Bring sunglasses - prescription sunglasses if you wear spectacles.

Bring binoculars - one pair each to ensure you don't miss the wildlife action.

Bring plenty of film or memory cards for your camera (and spare batteries).

Ask permission before taking photographs of locals.

Wear neutral colours such as khaki, grey, olive-green, brown so as to blend in with the environment.

After walking in the countryside do check your skin for ticks and insect bites. Ticks should be smothered in petroleum jelly for 20 minutes or so before trying to remove them.

Support local business and community initiatives by buying local items rather than imported goods.

Use water sparingly - water is a very scarce resource in East Africa.

Do not:

Do not approach animals on foot, or leave your vehicle to do so, unless you are with a qualified ranger who says you may do so.

Do not drive off the roads in game reserves and national parks.

Do not make sudden or erratic movements while viewing animals or shout or try to attract their attention as this could frighten or aggravate the wildlife.

Do not speak loudly when near to wildlife - whispers won't disturb the animals!

Do not paddle or swim in rivers and lakes unless your guide recommends it. Crocodiles, hippos and bilharzia are potential dangers.

Do not drink water from unsafe sources.

Do not feed animals or birds (especially hyenas and baboons). This could be dangerous for you - especially if you run out of food before the animals lose interest - but it also creates dependency and make the animal a threat to travellers, which means that rangers have to shoot them!

Don't buy products made of endangered fauna or flora.

Do not drive in deserted areas or at night.

Don't leave litter.

If you intend to travel to Africa on an unguided trip, ensure that you prepare well by reading up about your destination and protect yourself from potential health and safety hazards.

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