With the exception of the months of April and May which are very wet, Kenya is a year-round destination. Most of Kenya is at higher elevations which alleviates the heat. Still take a sweater or jacket year-round for cooler treks and cooler nights.
Check out the current weather conditions in Kenya.
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Kenya.
Travelers to Kenya who are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is present are required to carry certificates of vaccination against Yellow Fever in order to enter the country. You can find comprehensive information about Yellow Fever by logging on to the CDC site.
According to the World Health Organization, Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. There is normally little risk in the city of Nairobi and in the highlands (above 2500 m) of Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western provinces. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine.
Consult your doctor about taking additional vaccinations for polio, typhoid, and hepatitis.
The currency in Kenya is the shilling. Please review the current exchange rate for the shilling.
ATMs: ATMs are everywhere in most cities.
Tipping: Add 10% to the bill in restaurants, except where a service charge has been included. Tip bellhops 20 KSh per bag.
Shop for wood carvings of animals and people, sisal baskets, Masai and Kikuyu beadwork, hand-woven sarong fabric, soapstone, gourds, ebony carvings, batik wall hangings, tanzanite gemstones, and malachite. Some of the best handcrafts of Kenya and other countries in Africa are sent to Nairobi. Visit artist cooperatives to buy directly from artists.
Note: There have been problems with not receiving souvenirs shipped home, so we advise you carry them home in your luggage.
Voltage: 240 V; Plug G. You will need
a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.
We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
information about electrical standards around the world.