Kenya is home to the single most collection of Africa’s majestic wildlife and a mosaic of breathtaking . .landscapes and scenery. A land of great natural beauty and endearing contrasts, Kenya is also home .to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve which plays host to annual Wildebeest migration .spectacle. Kenya rises from the idyllic shores of the Indian Ocean to the snowcapped peaks of Mount ..Kenya.
. KENYA FACTS
. Full Country Name: Republic of Kenya . Area: 582,650 sq km . Population: 43,013,341 million (2012) . Capital: Nairobi (Population 3.375 million) . Borders: Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia . Religion: Protestant 45%,Catholic 33%, Indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, Others 2%
. Growth Rate: 2.444%
. Life Expectancy: 63.07
. Literacy Rate: 87.4% .Time Zone: +3GMT .Languages: English (official) and Swahili (national). However, there are many other tribal languages .including Kikuyu, Kalenjin, Luhya and Maasai as well as many minor tribal languages .Country Dialing Code: +254
.Climate in Kenya varies due to the sharp variations in altitude from sea level to 5,100 metres. Due to .the proximity of the Equator, Kenya generally experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year with .plenty of clear sunshine all the year round and although warm by day is often chilly at night. The ‘long .rains’ usually fall in the months of April and May. The wildebeest migration takes place after the long rains, when from late July to October the wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai mara in Kenya to find new grazing. During the months of October and November, there are occasional scattered rains, the ‘short rains’, which freshen the atmosphere and vegetation and lay the dust.
CURRENCY & BANKS
The Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KSH), which is divided up into 100 cents, and it is now permitted to take local currency into the country.
US Dollar notes printed before the year 2002 will not be accepted. Majority of banks in Kenya have implanted a new policy where they will no longer accept notes printed before 2002. Clients who carry US Dollar notes printed before 2002 will be compelled to accept a rate of exchange lower than normal.
In Kenya the general voltage is 240 and the frequency is 50 Hz. The British three rectangular blade plugs are common. Some lodges and camps only have power in the early mornings and evenings. Batteries may be recharged in camps during the day but it is wise to double check with the camp manager.
As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended. Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown. It is useful to carry a torch.
Health requirements vary from country to country. African Outback Wildlife Safaris recommends you speak to your local Travel Doctor for up-to-date information and advice. The following information is to be used as a guide only.
Malaria: It is recommended that precautions against malaria are taken for travel to most regions in Africa. We suggest you contact your doctor for advice on which prophylactic is recommended.
Yellow Fever: A Yellow Fever vaccination is required. All travelers must carry proof that the Yellow Fever vaccine has been administered at least 10 days prior to travel.