Capital : Nairobi
Currency : Kenyan Shillings, Cents
Local Language: Swahili, English
International Banks: Barclays, Standard Chartered, Commercial Bank of Africa, I&M
ATM machines: Withdrawal of cash via foreign Visa card is possible but with a charge, card payment in shops incurs no extra handling charge
Tourists Visa is required for travel to Kenya. Normally a 3 months visa is issued which can be obtained from the Kenyan High commission in US/UK or respective countries.
Visa can be obtained from:
Kenya High Commission
45 Portland Place
Crime: Common, be vigilant at all times
Emergency number: 999
Anti-malarial prophylaxis is required especially if traveling outside Nairobi. Certain vaccinations are also required depending on your country of origin
Travel insurance highly advisable
Medical: Medicines don't cost as much as in the developed countries. Private doctors are available and in most cases no appointment is required for diagnosis.
Hospitals: Aga Khan Hospital (Private Hospital in Parklands, one of the best in Nairobi), MP Shah Hospital (Private), Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta Hospital (Goverment), Getrudes Hospital (Private children hospital in Gigiri).
Flights: Up to 10 flights weekly between Nairobi and London via Kenya Airways. We recommend Kenya Airways for the true Kenyan experience. Recent problems with travel advisory to Kenya has greatly changed travel to Kenya hence we do not recommend to travel by other airlines. Domestic flights are available via Kenya airways to Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Eldoret, Lokichogyo and Kisumu.
International airports: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) , Moi International (Mombasa), Eldoret International.
Reputable hotels Nairobi: Holiday Inn, Nairobi Serena, Pan Afric Hotel, Fairview Hotel, Nairobi Hilton (Located in the city and in a rather risky area), Hotel Inter-Continental.
Mobile Phones: Roaming from all UK and some US networks is available. Local networks include Kencell & Safaricom. Local SIM cards are readily available and cost as little as 30 pounds for a pay as you go.
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