Kenya has different topographical regions that experience distinct climate. The hottest period is February and March while the coldest period is July and August. In the coastal region the weather is generally humid with temperatures ranging from 21ºC to 32ºC.The low plateau area to the north and north east are the driest parts of the country with temperature ranging from 19ºC to 37ºC.The temperate highlands including the city of Nairobi are generally cooler with temperatures between 13ºC and 25ºC.
Kenya boasts world-class transport infrastructure, telecommunications, banking, medical and tourism facilities. Accommodation caters for all needs and is accredited by the national Tourism Grading Council, which upholds very high standards.
Non-residents are permitted to drive with a driving license issued and valid in their own country, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is in English. If your driver’s licence does not meet these requirements, an international driver’s license is required. Driving is on the left and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory.
As you plan to travel to Kenya and East Africa, it is advisable to go through our very informative travel guide for general information on the requirements. Do feel free to enquire for any further clarification.
Citizens from most countries are required to obtain a visa that costs 50 USD. Visas can be obtained directly on entry. However, if there is a Kenyan diplomatic mission in your country, it is advisable to obtain the visa in advance. The visa is valid for 90 days.
Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months starting from the date of entry. You must also be able to show an onward or return ticket. Otherwise you may be asked to purchase one or to make a refundable deposit.
Visa extensions can be applied for to the Principal Immigration Officer at Nyayo House in Nairobi or the immigration office in Mombasa. As long as your visa is valid, you do not need to ask for re-entry passes if you travel to Uganda or Tanzania.
The airport taxes are now included in your flight ticket, so you will not have to pay upon leaving the country as it used to be.
Kenya’s tap water is potable and some of the safest and cleanest in the world but it is advisable to drink bottled water. In hotels, restaurants and nightspots the standards of hygiene and food preparation are generally top-notch. It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads and to put as much ice as you like in your drinks – a good thing, too, after a day on the beach or in the bush. Restaurants provide a wide variety of cuisines and visitors are normally very impressed with the food. The country’s many cultures make for varied traditional fare that is definitely worth exploring.
Kenya is in the GMT +3 time zones, the same as Baghdad, Kuwait, Riyadh, Moscow and Tbilisi. It does not apply daylight saving, so its relative time remains constant.