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Kenya Tourism

Continent: Africa

Ideal Duration: 7 - 10 days

Best Time: Late-June to October Read More

Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KES)

Budget: Slightly Expensive

"The Country That'll Leave You With Memories For a Lifetime"

Kenya Tourism

Kenya is located along the eastern coast of the African continent. It is a large country that is a hotbed for tourists. Although it is largely known for its safaris, there is also a lot more to Kenya, such as Nairobi, which is its commercial capital. Wildlife, heritage sites, highlands and valleys -- the country truly has it all.

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Regions in Kenya

Prior to 2013, Kenya was divided into 8 provinces. With the new Constitution, the provinces gave way to a total of 46 districts. They are commonly classified into City, Municipality, Town and Country. However, the old provinces of Kenya were the Central province, the Coast, the Eastern province, Nairobi, the North Eastern province, Nyanza, the Rift Valley and the Western province.

Best time to visit Kenya

Late-June to October is the best time to visit Kenya

The best time to visit Kenya would be its dry season which lasts between the months of Late-June to October. This is the time when Kenya gets the least amount of precipitation and also due to the heat the animals come out to drink water. If your wish is to see Wildebeest migration to Masai Mara, then you may consider visiting Kenya between July and October. But there are different times to visit Kenya depending on the wildlife that one wants to see. Another great time to visit Kenya is during the months of January and February as it is ideal to view the national parks at this time. Kenya is a popular destination so it seldom remains empty during its peak or shoulder seasons. But people who want to visit Kenya on a budget and are ready to put up with the rain will have to visit the country during its wet season, mainly during the months of March to May. The wet season is actually great for escaping to the nature of Kenya. Do remember that apart from the rain, the temperatures in Kenya remains even almost always as it is present on the equator.

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What's Great?

Beautiful landscape. Plenty of wildlife safaris. Helpful locals. Great tropical weather.

What's Not So Great?

Traffic jams on the roads. Beggars on streets. Electricity blackouts at times.

For Whom?

Animal lovers. Adventure lovers. Photographers. Large family groups.

Stay options in Kenya

Staying in Kenya provides you with a lot of options. Apart from regular hotels, you can also choose to camp in the bushes with the wildlife, in areas such as Masai Mara or splurge on a luxury villa. Youth hostels are also a great option and are often cheaper. Tented camps are very popular here, followed by lodge accomodation facilities. You could also stay in rented apartments, by using services such as AirBnB.

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Currency of Kenya

The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). The most frequently used notes are of denominations KES50, KES100, KES200, KES500, KES1000. Coins are also used. Dollars are accepted here, however, the local currency holds more value. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are the most popularly used cards, accepted by nearly all places.

Exchanging Money in Kenya

There are various currency exchange agencies in Kenya such as the Sky Forex Bureau, which is the most popular one. You will also find several banks here. ATMs also exist, so it is not very difficult to get your currency exchanged. In terms of exchange, the KES to USD conversion rate is the most popular and most frequently used one.

Nightlife in Kenya

Kenyan nightlife is pretty good. Mombasa and Nairobi are the areas to visit if you'd like to dance the night away. Clubs remain open for a decent amount of time, with some shutting down just as the sun rises. However, small neighbourhood bars are also quite popular and a must-visit if you'd like to interact with the locals. Beer is usually the drink of choice, although other types of alcohol are available.

Shopping in Kenya

Kenya is a lovely shopping destination. If you love art and craft, beautiful textiles, prints, and beads, you will fall in love with this country's markets. Masai beadwork is very popular here, with designs ranging from the traditional to the modern. Apart from that, you can also purchase wooden carvings, footwear, utensils and more souvenirs. Maasai Market, KCB Village Market, and Makola Market are some of the popular ones.

Festivals of Kenya

There are a couple of cultural events that are celebrated in Kenya. Some of them are Lamu Cultural Festival, the Mombasa Carnival which is always great fun, the International Camel Derby Festival and the Safari Rally. The communities come together as one during this period, and there is a lot of merriment and celebration. Henna painting activities, races, dance performances and more are put up during this time.

History of Kenya

It is believed that people may have lived in Kenya some 2 million years ago. Arabian men had established a few settlements along the coastal areas. This coastal line came under the Portuguese influence during the 1500s. Kenya's biggest ethnic group, Kikuyu, came here only around the start of the 18th century. Kenya was a British protectorate in 1890 and in 1920, it became a colony. Kenyan history is incomplete without mentioning the Mau Mau movement, which came as a bold expression of rebellion in those times.

Hygiene in Kenya

Kenya does have public toilets. Some of them are clean while others are not. The practice of using toilet or tissue paper is slowly being pushed in here. There are also improvements being made to water facilities, as Kenya does face a water scarcity problem. Significant changes are being made regarding the improvement of water supply and potable water.

Customs of Kenya

Greetings should always be warm and cordial in Kenya, as the people here are friendly, boisterous and outgoing. They are very group oriented. Keeping close physical contact with your spouse or partner is common here and not really frowned upon. Pointing at people is considered rude and you and your actions may be taken in the wrong spirit if you point at someone.

Tips for visiting Kenya

Do not walk around Nairobi in the night, as it is dangerous. Don't just visit the national parks and safaris, but also the pristine beaches. Carry warm clothes with you, as it gets chilly during the night. Prepare to test your bargaining skills, as sellers start off with really high prices.

Culture of Kenya

Kenyan culture is rich and varied. A lot of tribes co-exist in this country, most of them being traditionally African groups. These communities are known to be warm and welcoming. Guests are treated with utmost respect by Kenyan families, with a lot of that respect being given to the elderly. Christianity is the predominant religion here, followed by Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Swahili and English are the official languages of Kenya.

Food of Kenya

Kenyan cuisine is diverse and often elaborate. Meat is used on a large scale in all their preparations. Sea food, mainly comprising of fish, is also consumed a lot, because of the nearby water bodies. Ugali, which is made using cornmeal, is a staple in Kenya. Pilao, a lovely mixture of rice and spices, is one of the more popular dishes, followed by biryani. Along the coastal areas of the country, coconut rice is consumed to a great extent. Kenyan tea and coffee are both extremely popular. Tea here is generally had dark, with lots of sugar.

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