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When is the best time to travel to Kenya?
Since temperatures are broadly constant throughout the year, at 75-87°F (24-31°C), the best time to visit Kenya depends on exactly what you want from your trip. The absence of rain makes June through October a popular time to organize a safari, and coincides with the arrival of the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Maasai Mara. Although beach stays on the crisp white sands of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline are a possibility year-round, the best time to soak up the sun on Diani Beach or on the Lamu archipelago is a second dry season in January and February.
Wet weather (the long rains) dominates April and May, with lesser rains (the short rains) also occurring in November and December. However, traveling to Kenya during the short rains does have several advantages. Not only are November and December fantastic for birding, but a dramatic lushness takes over the country’s national parks, the air is clearer for photography, and you’ll have a much more exclusive experience on game drives due to the reduced number of travelers.
What are the best places to visit in Kenya?
The best places to visit in Kenya are the the Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboselli National Park, Tsavo West and East National Parks, and the Laikipia Plateau.
What is the difference between a national park and a game reserve?
A National Park is an area set aside and run by a national government whereas a Game Reserve (aka Game Park or Wildlife Park) is a large area of land where wild animals live safely or are hunted in a controlled way for sport. If hunting is prohibited, then a Game Reserve may be classified as a Nature Reserve.
What are the passport/visa requirements for U.S. citizens traveling to Kenya?
U.S. citizens require a passport valid for at least six months, with at least two blank pages, and a Kenyan e-visa. Travelers can apply and pay for an Evisa. You should also have proof of yellow fever immunization. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Kenyan embassy in their country before traveling.
What is the time zone in Kenya?
The Time Zone in Kenya is UTC+3. The country observes Eastern Africa Time (EAT) all year. There are no Daylight Savings Time clock changes.
How do I plan a trip to Kenya?
The best way to plan a trip to Kenya is to tell us what trip you want, when you want to travel, the number of passengers, and where you want to depart from. For an existing trip, you can either call us or complete the “Get Pricing Now” form on the itinerary page. If you want a personalized tour, you can either call us, email us, or complete the “Contact Us” form on our website.
Do you have flexible departure dates?
Yes. Our clients choose their own departure dates, unless there is a cruise or a group tour with a fixed departure date.
Are meals included?
All meals are listed on each itinerary as (B,L,D) or Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Typically, breakfast is included daily. The other meals are either included or not, depending upon the itinerary.
Is airfare included?
We do not include international airfare in the cost of our tours. We will, however, quote it for you and you can purchase it through us if you like. The cost of our international airfare is usually the same or lower than what you can purchase yourself. Domestic airfare may be included in the cost, depending upon the tour.
What vaccinations are recommended and/or required for travel to Kenya?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides recommended and/or required vaccinations for each country. For Kenya, it recommends that you should be up-to-date with routine vaccines such as Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (Influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Polio, and Shingles. It also recommends that you get vaccinated for COVID-19, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid, and that you speak to your doctor about prescription medicine to prevent Malaria. Consider Rabies vaccination if you will be around dogs or wildlife. Yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers arriving from countries with risk for yellow fever virus transmission and recommended for travelers to most of the country.
Do you recommend Travel Insurance?
Yes, we recommend travel insurance and strongly believe that you should be protected in the event that something unforeseen happens either before or during your trip. We work with Allianz Travel Insurance, AIG (Travel Guard Travel Insurance), and Travelex Insurance Services.
Can I use my cell phone?
You will need to check with your cell phone carrier prior to traveling, since every carrier is different.
What are the standard wall currents and electrical socket shapes in Kenya?
Voltage: 240 V; Frequency: 50 HZ; Plugs: Type G (UK standard three-prong).
What is the official language?
The two official languages in Kenya are Swahili and English. Swahili is more widely spoken.