Capital City of Kenya :
53 Millions (2019)
KES = Kenyan Shilling
Best time to visit
One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the dry season, which is also the period for the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeest (gnus). The rainy season is also a good time to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the incredible green vegetation so typical of Kenya. December is usually a great time to travel to Kenya, since the rains never last long and you have more chances to observe newborn animals.
Highlights of Kenya
The wild roars and nature comes alive in Kenya! Kenya’s protected areas are home to different variety of flora and fauna species. Each wilderness area is specially branded because it has something unique to offer:
- The Maasai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals..
- Amboseli National Park, which is famous for its big game and its great beauty; the landscape is dominated by the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a capital city.
- Lake Nakuru National Park with Kenya’s largest population of rhinos. During peak season over millions of flamingos and pelicans congregate on the lake.
Exciting cities in Kenya
Cosmopolitan. This is the best way to describe Kenyan cities. These cities are modern and the whole world is here. They are a buzz with amazing skyscrapers, fun nightlife and an urban culture to admire and adopt.
- Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and beating heart!
- Kisumu, a quiet port town on the shores of Lake Victoria with wide streets and fine colonial architecture.
- Pristine beach, vibrant nightlife and countless beach activities make Diani a must-visit.
- Lamu Old Town, the oldest and best preserved example of Swahili settlement in East Africa – UNESCO World Heritage.
Food and Drinks in Kenya
- In big cities you will find good offers of international food, but also fast food.
- Kenyans only use their right hand for eating. Knives and forks are available in restaurants on request.
- Almost everywhere you will find very fresh and tasty fruits (baby bananas, mangoes, pineapples etc.).
- Water should only be drunk in sealed bottles.
- Fruit juices are usually very tasty, but you should always avoid ice cubes.
- Imported beers are usually expensive, a well-known local and cheaper brand is Tusker.
- Curry buffets are very popular. Beware, they are often very spicy.
- In coastal regions: seafood is a must.
- Kenya’s beef (steaks) is of first-class quality.
Authentic Kenya Dishes
- Swahili-style sea fish.
- Ugali, a porridge made from cornmeal. It is often eaten as a side dish.
- Irio, s delicious stew of corn, red beans and potatoes.
- Coconut prawns (strips of coconut meat baked golden brown in hot oil with prawns).
- Matoke: mashed bananas made from plantains.
- Nyama Choma (Kenyan-style roasted meat), people love to drink cold beer with it.
- Samosas (dumplings filled with spicy minced meat or vegetables).
- Wali wa nazi, a coconut rice or Kenyan pilau, a spiced rice.
In a word
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Most popular Festivals in Kenya
Kenyans are joyful people and they love to celebrate and have fun. There are plenty wonderful festivals featuring Kenyans vibrant culture and heritage here are some of them :
- The Lamu Cultural Festival is a unique, joyful festival with both ancient and modern competitions.
- The Maralal Camel Derby is held annualy. It’s the most prestigious camel race attracting many spectators and competitors. It should not be missed.
- The Safaricom International Jazz Festival is a must attend for anyone who loves good music.
- The Rhino Charge is a unique off-road rally. Money is raised for conservation of the Aberdares National Park. It’s a great event both sporting and social.
- The Lewa Marathon in June is also a charity fund-raiser race for the conservation of wildlife.
What is Kenya famous for?
- The Big Five (lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, and leopards)
- the Rift Valley
- leaping Maasai warriors
- shoes made from tyres
- tribal beads
- lean marathon runners
- gin-soaked colonials
- Tourism is the most important industry in Kenya.
- Almost half of all cut flowers sold in Europe come from Kenya.
- Kenya is home to the world’s last two white rhinos (the third, died in Sudan in 2018).
- A yellow fever vaccination is necessary for entry, malaria prophylaxis is recommended as well as standard vaccinations.
- Drink only bottled water (and use it also for brushing your teeth).
Visitors are required to pay 50 USD for a single entry visa that lasts up to three months. If Kenya isn’t your only destination in Africa, you can opt to apply for an East Africa Tourist visa for 100 USD, which will allow you to travel between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda for up to 90 days.
Kenya shilling (KSH) is the official currency. Bring US dollars along as well because many hotels and larger restaurants tend to quote prices in US dollars.
- Tips are common in Kenya, especially in big cities and touristy places. Many workers depend on this extra money (People don’t usually tip taxis).
- Electricity: The main supply provides 240 V (50-60 Hz) alternating current with British standard plugs ( don’t forget your adaptors ).
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