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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 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. A tourist visa is required for Canadian and American passport holders and this must be obtained online at the Republic of Kenya Official Government Website prior to your arrival in 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 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 these times 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. Most visitors opt for private or shared transfers, including in Nairobi, since the public transit system can be unpredictable.

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 slightly more progressive on LGBTQ rights than Tanzania or Uganda, but homosexual acts are still illegal, and conservative attitudes still prevail. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, regardless of orientation, and roles in society are heavily gendered. Nairobi has the largest LGBTQ community in East Africa, but discretion is key for locals and visitors alike. Tourism professionals are used to welcoming all kinds of travellers to Kenya, but be mindful of local sensibilities, especially when dealing with government officials.

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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