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What language is spoken in Kenya?

The official languages of Kenya are Swahili and English.

What currency is used in Kenya?

The currency used throughout the country is the Kenyan shilling. Mastercard and Visa are accepted in most major tourist destinations. ATMs are common in the cities for dispensing local currency but are not available in the wildlife parks. 

Do I need a visa to travel to Kenya?

Visitors to Kenya require valid passports, valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Kenya. The tourist visa is required for Canadian and American passport holders and this must be obtained online at prior to your arrival into Kenya. Visitors are advised to register well in advance as there may be a 10 day processing period. 

When is the best time to visit Kenya?

The best time to visit Kenya can vary by region. However, if travelling to view wildlife, the best months are between July to September. This is also the dry season in the country. However, wildlife viewing can be good all-year-round depending on which national parks you visit. The other dry season runs from late December to mid-March. Wildlife is easier to spot at this time because the bush is less dense and animals gather around waterholes and rivers.

Is there transportation within Kenya?

The main avenues of transportation within the country include matatus, tuk-tuks, buses, and taxis for shorter distance trips. If looking to travel further distances across the country, there is a railway system as well as local flights. 

Is Kenya a family friendly destination?

Kenya is a wonderful destination for families who are on the adventurous side. It welcomes all travellers and has a special affection for family travel with children. Multi generational family travelers are very welcome in Kenya .

How welcoming is Kenya to LGBTQ travellers ?

Kenya is not as accepting of LGBTQ rights as some other nations in Africa. Homosexual acts are illegal, and conservative beliefs still prevail. All visitors are asked to maintain an understanding of cultural sensitivity around this issue. Discretion is to be practised at sites of antiquity, as well as during day to day touring and on safari, but Kenya welcomes all to its beautiful and diverse landscape.

What vaccinations are suggested or required for travel to Kenya? 

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Kenya, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up to date recommendations, particularly in regards to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.


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