Africa’s safari capital and the best place on earth to see the Big Five, Kenya holidays are perfect for experiencing a unique adventure against the backdrop of dramatic African landscapes. Known as the best place to see the Masai Mara wildebeest migration, feast your eyes on Africa’s rolling plains, vast lakes and breathtaking natural beauty; it’s the perfect spot to be at one with nature. Keep your eyes peeled for majestic elephants, big cats and the regal rhino.
Why not combine your safari adventure with a tropical beach holiday? Away from the desert, Kenya boasts a tropical coastline with white sandy beaches and fantastic diving opportunities, promising a holiday of contrasts. We recommend heading to Zanzibar after your safari for a relaxing beach stay that’s full of luxury.
Perfect for honeymooners or those after something completely different, Kenya not only offers great value for money but guarantees lifelong memories.
There are a number of carriers flying to Kenya from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Kenya Airways offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi. British Airways also fly to Nairobi. Kenya Airways has an unrivalled route network making any safari and beach combination possible.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates fly to Nairobi via Dubai and KLM offer flights via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: In Kenya there is a departure tax of US $40, however this is usually included in the cost of your airline ticket. If you are unsure, please contact your airline.
Tipping is common practice in Kenya and safari rangers and guides as well as hotel staff rely heavily on tipping.
We suggest tipping your driver guides and trackers approximately US $15 per person per day and for porters and hotel staff, we suggest approximately US $1 per service they perform for you. As a rough guide, there are approximately 100 Kenyan Shillings to one US dollar.
Before travelling you should make sure you are up to date with the standard vaccinations such as Diptheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Polio. Also recommended are Typhoid and anti-malarial protection. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country or area. For full details, please contact your GP.
British passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya.
UK travellers can benefit from an e-visa service. The visa may be applied for through the e-visa portal: www.evisa.go.ke You can also get a visa on arrival, however wait times may be long.
Visa fee payable on arrival (USD 50 a for single entry visa or USD 10 for a transit visa). Please ensure you have two blank pages in your passport for your visa or you may be refused entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Kenya. Please contact the Kenya High Commission for up to date country and visa information on 0207 636 2371.
Kenya's currency is the Kenyan Shilling. The country has an open currency so you can exchange your UK pounds prior to leaving for your holiday in Kenya.
We recommend taking both cash and credit cards on your holiday to Kenya. Don't bother to change your money until you get here, as the exchange rates are better in Kenya than in the UK. Cash is easy and inexpensive to change, although you will not want to carry too much at a time. Avoid changing money at hotels or Safari lodges, as you pay high fees. Bring a credit or debit card to withdraw cash from, although expect to encounter connection failures regularly. Most major currencies are accepted in Nairobi and Mombasa, but away from these cities you will need to carry shillings.