Population: 41 million Time zone: GMT +3 Plugs: Three-pin square British-style
Dialing code: +254 Currency: Kenyan Shilling $1=KES85 Language: Kiswahili and English Visas: Citizens of most south and east African countries do not require a visa to enter Kenya for less than 30 days. But, travelers from most other countries will need either a 30-day visa on arrival or will have to have applied at a Kenyan diplomatic mission for a single-entry visa before their scheduled visit. With the single-entry visa travelers can visit Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and reenter Kenya multiple times. The 30-day visa on arrival costs about $50 and is available at all international airports.
Connectivity: Internet access is easily available in major cities, and almost all hotels and resorts will offer Internet access in the rooms, or in a central business center. Public Internet cafés are also available in Nairobi and Mombasa. Mobile phone coverage is widespread throughout the southern parts of the country, but can be scarce in the sparsely-populated northern areas. Roaming charges are expensive, so if you expect to make a lot of phone calls, consider purchasing a local SIM card (Safaricom is a popular choice) on arrival. Mobile Internet access is also easily available, although it can be slow. Expect to pay $6 for 500MB.
Travel Tips: There’s a reason the capital has earned the nickname ‘Nai-robbery.’ If you’re out on the streets, especially at night, it pays to leave your valuables in the hotel safe and keep your guard up. Unless you know exactly where you’re going, take a taxi from the hotel. Visa and MasterCard-enabled ATMs are widely available in Nairobi, and hotels will accept major credit cards and travelers checks.
“Central Nairobi has a reputation for being dangerous, but I have never had a problem there,” says Trevor Ward, managing director of W Hospitality Group. “But be streetwise all the same. plenty of time to get to the airport when leaving.”
“As Nairobi is a very busy city with advisable to arrive outside of peak Marc de Jager, global alliance manager for Travel with Flair. “It can sometimes take up to three hours to travel 20 miles.”
Health: Although there’s no malaria in Nairobi, it is prevalent across much of the country and prophylactics are recommended. Consult your doctor three weeks before traveling. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required and remember that the vaccination must be done at least 10 days prior to your departure for the country.