Kenya

Kenya has a sophisticated tourism infrastructure, with two major cities controlling the majority of the tourism trade. Nairobi, the capital, is the safari and hiking hub, situated in the cool Central Highlands, while on the east coast the hot and humid trading port of Mombasa functions as the gateway to the resorts and pristine beaches of the area.

There is an abundance of things to see and do in Kenya, among them Africa’s finest attractions. Game viewing in the ‘Land of the Lion King’ is a must, with quintessential destinations near Nairobi, like the Masai Mara National Reserve (where Out of Africa was filmed), while Hell’s Gate National Park is located in the Great Rift Valley. Visit Elsamere Conservation Centre, where Joy Adamson of Born Free lived, and take in the natural splendour of Lake Naivasha. Kenya has pleasant weather throughout the year, making this a great holiday destination.

Destination Highlights

  • Nairobi National Park and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Mount Kenya National Park
  • The Giraffe Centre
  • Elsamere Conservation Centre
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Karen Blixen Museum
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Tsavo National Park

Time Local time is GMT +3
Communication: The international access code for Kenya is +254
Currency: The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), divided into 100 cents.
Local Customs: The taking of photographs of official buildings and embassies is not advised and could lead to detention. It is illegal to destroy Kenyan currency. The coastal towns are predominantly Muslim and religious customs and sensitivities should be respected, particularly during Ramadan; dress should be conservative away from the beaches and resorts, particularly for women. Homosexuality is against the law.

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