Are you planning going out exploring the beauty of Kenya? We have dug up some handy tips For travelling in Kenya. From African safaris to tourist safety in Kenya, have a read and prepare for your perfect trip. A successful trip is found in the grandeur of the venue which Kenya easily supplies, but also in the detail. Do not get caught out by forgetting the torchlight when exploring the cave. Grab our tips and tricks.
Kenyan Safari Tips and Tricks
- Going camping in Kenya? Aside from the beastly mosquitos (yes, bring a mosquito net) remember that camps can be quite basic, most usually have a sitting area and WC/changing rooms but not much else. Bring along any comforts you need.
- Bright colors tend to attract wild animals. A safari is not a good place to flash your new glow-in-the-dark shiny pink outfit. Choose something which blend with the surroundings. That is not to say you should go in full camouflage military attire, the actual military can get a bit uptight about competitors.
- For Pete’s sake, DO NOT approach wild animals, even if they look harmless! And if a rhino comes towards you at high pace – RUN!
- Malaria was kicked out of Kenya (see what i did there hehe), mosquitoes and other harmless bugs are in abundance. Therefore, bug spray, bug spray, bug spray! It wont work of course. But after being bitten 700 times it just feels so good to do a bit of mass murdering.
- Night safaris are a wonderful way of catching a glimpse of nocturnal animals and it gives those of us struggling with the 5am start of normal safaris to actual see any animals at all. Search around a bit, while night safaris are not permitted in some camps, they are on the menu in many places
- Do NOT get tricked when ordering a safari trip. It is perfectly normal that a safari company charges you say a 100 dollars and a local participant significantly less. Some websites sell safari trips at hundreds or even thousands of dollars that you could buy for a fraction of the price locally. Ask you hotel or any halfway legitimate looking travel store and they will hook you up with a proper deal.
Cultural Advice in Kenya
- Haggling, I think, is ingrained in every Kenyan. Take advantage of this and always haggle. Prices may start a bit high bet eventually get reasonable. Do NOT be shy! Be cheeky. Have a laugh. You do not offend a Kenyan by haggling.
- During Safaris do not ignore the drivers. They have incredible knowledge especially as they always manage to find wildlife and the best stops.
- Kenya is not only Safaris and wildlife, amazing as they may be. There are tons of other fun activities to do. Parasailing in Diani anyone?
- Always ask for permission before you take pictures of people or houses. For example, one cannot take pictures on the Likoni ferry.
- Kenyans are proud of their country and generally quite patriotic. If you feel the need to loudly yell about how crappy everything is compared to whatever random place you usually menace with your negativity, do not expect to make friends fast.
- Bored on the plane? Learn a couple of simple Swahili words and phrases. It makes for a great laugh humiliating yourself trying them out and the effort is appreciated. Though of course everyone probably speaks better English than you do (albeit with that cute Kenyan accent)
Tourist Safety Advice in Kenya
- Want to make sure you do not get caught in the airport line? Get your visa before going to Kenya. You can easily get the visa on arrival by paying 50usd (and no, they do not give you change – if all you have is a 500 note, the rest goes in the officers beer fund) but if youre on a flight with many happy tourists long lines can form at immigration.
- Although mandatory vaccinations are not needed when travelling to Kenya, be safe, and make sure you are up to date on all immunizations.
- Kenya has unpredictable weather, especially with the current onset of El Nino. It may be bright and sunny one moment then pouring rain in the next. Aside from that fancy short-sleeved Hawaii-shirt and your beloved sprawling boxers, do stuff a sweater in the suitcase. Africa sounds like a steaming hot place. But Kenya is not the Sahara. It actually rains once in a blue moon.
- We are taught to always be aware of our surroundings when travelling. Same goes with travelling in Kenya; be vigilant in crowded areas, and also when going out at night. Do not wear ‘loud’ jewellery or carry too much cash with you. Common sense really.
- We have a so called saying in Kenya: If i plan to meet you at such time, expect me an hour later. If you find things aren’t going your way, or having trouble getting somewhere; be patient. Hakuna Matata.
- Scan, copy and save all your important documents. Also, keep all your emergency numbers or contacts in hand.
- Slum tourism is neither safe nor cool.
Tips For Travelling In Kenya – Enjoy It!
In fact the list of advice for travelling in Kenya could be endless. There is always another safari to try out. Always another wonderful local crafts boutique, African street market or delicious restaurant to explore. But the main tips for travelling in Kenya are: Enjoy it, Enjoy it and enjoy it! The country has plenty to offer. Take advantage of it. Show respect. Interact and make friends (though not with the cute lion cub – he does have an angry mother).
And finally. This doesn’t fall as a tip but take lots of pictures. And i don’t mean selfies! Explore, enjoy, snap and Love Life!
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