Favorite thing: The Kamba people live in the Eastern part of Kenya, in villages composed of huts. Each hut is made of a ring of poles, covered with grasses from top to bottom. Like in most of the other people this construction is made by women.
The Kamba are experts in cultivation, growing beans, maize, bananas etc. The men are famous bow and arrow hunters, while Kamba women are appreciated for their beauty.
Visa on Arrival
Favorite thing: Requirements
1. Validity of Passport Minimum 6 months beyond intended duration of Stay
2. Confirmed Onward/Return Ticket
3. Sufficient Funds to Cover the expenses duration of of stay (Min US$500.00)
1 Visa Application Form (available at the counters at Immigration Hall JKIA Airport) No Photo Required (Finger Prints will be scaned)
1 Arrival Card (Given by the airline before landing/also available at the counter)
Cash payment US$50.00 for 30 Days Tourist Visa US$20.00 for 3~5 Days Transit (Payment can also be made Paid in British Pound, Euro and Swiss Franks)
Fondest memory: Cash Payment and Visa Processing is done at the same counter and the Officer will paste Visa sticker on your passport. It takes just 5 minutes.Related to:
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Land of Elephants by Count Széchenyí
Favorite thing: COUNT ZSIGMOND SZECHENYI was in Nairobi, Kenya in 1929 and returned in 1932. He finds NAIROBI growing fast. His safari heads into the forest looking for elephant tracts in November 1932 at KITUI. No elephants were seen. A witch-doctor is consulted and he gets a large elephant with big tusks on the 3rd day!
On 20.12.1933, Szechenyi takes 2 lorries and heads for Mt KULAL in the Northern Frontier District (NFD), but gets stuck near Mt Kenya in black cotton mud. Moving on, they arrive at flooded Northern Guaso Nyiro River. They cross the KAISUT DESERT and arrive at the foot of this 8,000ft mountain. After climbing Mt Kulal, they saw LAKE RUDOLF (Turkana) towards the west. Szechenyi was here to hunt a beautiful greater male kudu trophy.
On 25.12.1933, he is in Ukamba country, along TIVA RIVER looking for elephants. He was hunting and filming buffalo in EMBU on 30.12.1933 amongst the "mighty zoo".
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Favorite thing: Johnstone Kamau, from Kikuyu tribe, would one day be known as Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya. He served as the first Prime Minister (1963-1964) and President (1964-1978) and is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation.
He made Kikuyu nation the most powerful tribe of Kenya for many years and consolided his personal power by placing several of his Kikuyu tribesmen in most of the powerful state and security offices ans post. By eliminating all political oponents Jomo Kenyatta practically established the dictatorship in Kenya for many years.
Jomo Kenyatta was re-elected three times, incrising his personal political power during each of presidential mandats. He remained president until his death in 1978.
Visa for Kenya/Uganda
Favorite thing: No worries about getting a visa. You can buy one at the airport for £20 for 3 months. You have to fill out a card when you arrive on the plane and fill one out before going through security when you leave the country. I have no idea about a visa to Uganda.
To save time and confusion, it would be better to send off your passport to both embassies in your country along with the fee and start your journey with your visas in your passport. In Nairobi, the queue for obtaining a visa is sometimes long and after your flight you will be wanting to get to your hotel quickly. The fee is payable in British Pounds or US dollars. They don't like Kenyan shillings. You might just squeak by with Euros.
Fondest memory: I miss the sunshine and the smiles.Related to:
Visa on arrival
Favorite thing: Visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport in Nairobi or Mombasa, but Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Senegal, Somalia, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Cameroon, Pakistan, Tazikstan and North Korea.
NEW: The visa fee is 50 USD for a single visit. 100 USD for multiple visits. Citizens from USA does not have to pay more than other coutries anymore. (They do not accept credit cards or travellers’ cheques, so you will need to have cash).
You can stay up to 90 days on a single visit visa, allowing return into Kenya from Tanzania or Uganda at no extra fee.
When arriving you must pick the arrival card and a visa form. Just line up in queue in front of the desk. The officers will issue the tourist visas. Make sure to have your passport, filled visa form and money ready. For a single entry visa you don't need photos. The officer will take one with the webcamera.
The officer may ask you about a return tickets and sufficient funds for length of intended stay (at least 500 USD). He didn't ask me... Passports must be valid for at least the period of stay.Related to:
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Favorite thing: COUNTRY INFORMATION:
Visa: Visa at the airport takes 10 minutes to get. Visa costs 50 USD.
Mobil phone: Very good roaming. Can also buy cheaper, prepaid SIM cards.
ATM: Yes. Works good and gives normal rate.
Recommended language: English.
Infrastructure: Poor in the countryside. OK in the cities, but Nairobi has problems with the flow of water.
Friendliness by the people: Friendly, very interested, but sometimes a bit pushy.
Attention by Police/military: No bad experience.
Crime: High in the poor areas and Nairobi. Generally more theft than comparative African countries.
Rainy period: April, May, June.
Price level: Cheap, but more expensive than Ethiopia. White people usually pay more for the same service than Africans.
Airport departure tax: Nothing from NBO and MBA.Related to:
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Kenya and Tanzania - Eliza, Mark and the Harris
Favorite thing: We thought we'd send in some feedback about the recent Kenya/Tanzania safari we completed on 15th Aug. In a word, AMAZING!!! All five of us had the most incredible expereince, and I know I can speak for all us in saying a big thank you to everyone involved. Whilst each of us loved it from start to finish, the trip was particualry special and life changing for my parents who have not had the opportuntiy to travel before.
Our crew were just brilliant! Whilst they clearly cannot be credited for providing the stunning scenery and amazing animals that we were lucky enough to see, the things they WERE able to influence such as the atmosphere, the food (including fab veggie grub for 4 of us), the knowledge they offered, the way the group mixed, their humour, their attitude to responsible tourism (i.e. NOT disturbing the lion!), their approach to mishaps and the way they were a real part of everything made a great trip even better. They made a real and genuine effort to make sure everyone had the best time possible. We would be extremely grateful if this feedback and our thanks could be forwarded to them and to their bosses.
We would recommend African Trails to anyone and fully intend to return to the continent for another adventure.
Many thanks again,
Fondest memory: We spend a day at Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park famous for its soda lake surrounded by over a million pink flamingoes, rhinos and tree-climbing lions.Related to:
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Favorite thing: If you're planning a trip to Kenya, make sure to get a Kenya Visa before you leave your home country. You can apply by mail or in person at the closest Kenya Embassy or Visa Office to your home.Related to:
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Quiet, White Sandy Beaches
Favorite thing: If you are looking for an intimate holiday then I suggest you stay on the South Coast. The beaches are cleaner and less crowded. Check out hotels along Diani Beach. I believe that is among the best stretches on the South.
To avoid begging and prostitutes, have a set itinerary from a good agency & make sure that you check everything out on the internet
Your budget will determine. June is low season so you will get good rates.
Most lodges offer comfortable en suite rooms. Basic camping is a cheaper option but seeing that the rains have began, I would not advise that option.
Fondest memory: My best memory of kenya repeats itself every time i come back from a safari with clients who are happy after having a wonderful safariRelated to:
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Forget Traveller cheques
Favorite thing: If you think about to take Traveller cheques to Kenya, better you forget this. In Nairobi is no bank which is changing them. There is only one changing buero and even they could make trouble if they are not agree with your signature. What ever happened last years, but I tried 10 banks and got nothing. They never change Traveller cheques again.
If you come from Europe better you take Euros and change them there, and this for a good rate. Otherwise try to pay with Visa.
But never forget, if you come with so much money or carrying some credit cards with you, be always careful about them, have a good place where no one can take it so easily, like a small back which you can hang around your neck under your t-shirt.Related to:
Using mobile phone in Kenya
Favorite thing: The mobile phone works great in the cities in Kenya (September 2008). The connection is good. But the roaming price for a foreign SIM card is expensive.
I should have called from a local SIM card with prepaid credit. I talked with several people who bought a Kenyan SIM card in one of the many phone shops here. This worked perfect. You can recieve calls without credit, so it doesn't cost you anything. It's also cheap to buy credit. The country code is +254.Related to:
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Learn some swahili words
Welcome - karibu
Hello - Jambo
Thank you - asante
People - watu
I'm busy - niko busy
No money - hakuna pesa
Don't forget - usi sahau
I love you - naku penda
You are beautiful - wewe ni mrembo
Ass - matakoRelated to:
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ATM - minibank
Favorite thing: The ATM service in Kenya is good. The terminals are located outside the banks. There are no credit card fraud in Kenya yet (September 2008). I had no problem using a credit card in Nairobi and Mombasa, and recommend using it.Related to:
Favorite thing: Ok, this is not exactly my favourite thing about Kenya, but I didn't know what other category than "general tips" I should stick this in :-)
Instead of sending your passport off to an embassy and applying for a visa upfront you can also get your visa on arrival in Kenya. You need to fill out one of the visa forms before you go to the immigration counter, hand over the cash ($50 or €40) and off you go.
You can also download the form in advance from the website of the Kenyan embassy, which means you won't have to search for a pen at the airport, as they are usually in short supply, and you also get ahead in the queue of everyone who still has to fill out the form on arrival, and shorten your waiting time.
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