Kenya Safaris Factfile
Population: 40 million
Language: Swahili, English.
Time: GMT + 3.
International dialling code: + 254
Visas: Required by UK citizens.
Country Representative in UK: Kenya High Commission, 45 Portland Place, London W1B 1AS. Tel: 0207 636 2371/5. e-mail: info@kenyahighcommission,com
Voltage: 240 AC, 50 Hz.
Money: Kenya Shilling (Ksh) divided into 100 cents. For the up-to-date exchange rate please visit the OANDA Currency Converter website
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: BCG, Cholera, Diptheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Guidebook: The Rough Guide to Kenya.
Food and Drink: During your safari all meals are included. These tend to be of international standard in both quality and variety of food, although some local dishes may be included. If you are eating out in Nairobi or Mombasa there is a wide choice of restaurants. Kenyans are very keen meat-eaters, and the national dish is nyama choma (barbecued meat). Goat is the most common meat but you will also see chicken, beef and the occasional game animal such as ostrich on offer. Due to the mild climate, Kenya is blessed with a cornucopia of natural produce, so fresh vegetables are usually available (and delicious sea food in the coastal resorts). There is a huge variety of tropical fruit – mangoes, papayas, pineapples, passionfruit, guavas, oranges, bananas and coconuts are found everywhere, and quality is excellent.
Kenya produces a huge amount of coffee and tea, although (outside the top hotels and game lodges) it is surprisingly difficult to find a decent cup of either drink! Juices, on the other hand, are usually of good quality.
Kenya has a thriving brewing industry and beer is very popular throughout the country. The best locally produced beers are Tusker, Pilsner and White Cap, and international brands such as Heineken can be purchased at most restaurants. Whilst not primarily a wine-producing country, there are several vineyards in the Rift Valley area which produce reasonable wines, such as Lake Naivasha Colombard. South African and Australian wine is usually available at the more upmarket hotels and lodges and is not prohibitively expensive.
Although drinking water is usually safe, we nevertheless recommend buying bottled mineral water outside the cities.