GEOGRAPHY: Kenya shares borders with Ethiopia in the north, Sudan in the northwest, Uganda in the west, Tanzania in the south and Somalia in the northeast. To the east lies the Indian Ocean. The country is divided into four regions: the arid deserts of the north; the savannah lands of the south; the fertile lowlands along the coast and around the shores of Lake Victoria; and highlands in the west, where the capital Nairobi is situated. Northwest of Nairobi runs the Rift Valley, containing the town of Nakuru and Aberdare National Park, overlooked by Mount Kenya (5200m/17,000ft), which also has a national park.
English is spoken everywhere. The national language is Kiswahili. Most hotels and lodges print their literature in English, French, and Germany and have multilingual staff.
Mostly traditional but there is a sizeable Christian population (both Catholic and Protestant) and a small Muslim community.
TIME: GMT + 3 (Winter), GMT + 2 (Summer).
VISAS: All visitors require a visa before entering the country, except HKSAR passport holder, can obtain Landing visa upon arrival at Nairobi Airport at USD50.00 per person and HKSAR passport holder at USD50.00 valid for 30 days. For details please contact your nearest Kenya Embassy.
Your passport or travel documents must be valid for 6 months.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
LANDING VISA ON ARRIVAL (Estimate 2 hrs time for waiting the visa, 2 counters offering the service only)
You may like to download the application in advance and fill it up and hand to immigration upon arrival to get the landing visa at USD50.00 per person and Yellow Fever certification.
DEPARTURE TAX / CUSTOMS
Airport departure tax in Nairobi, normally included in the air ticket. Personal effects like cameras and other accessories (excluding slides and cine projectors) can be temporarily imported duty free.
LUGGAGE / CLOTHING
When on safari we recommended lightweight luggage due to inadequate storage facilities; but special arrangements can be facilitated at no extra cost. lightweight,
Suggested to bring lightweight comfortable lightweight long pants, light cotton and linen dresses, short or long sleeved shirts for safari hikes as bushes and trees have thorns, plus pullovers for chilly nights at high altitudes during June, July & August (Winter season in Kenya). A pair of in ankle length boots or hiking shoes are an asset for the safari tour. Bring along with a board rim hat and sun glasses to protect your neck and ears against the sun.
Please do not take bright colors - (khaki and/or faded blue, green) or any white or dark colored clothing... lighter, earth toned colors will be best for wild game viewing.
Normally daily laundry services in all of lodges and camps will be provided, which means yesterday's clothes will be available tomorrow.
Luggage allowance on domestic or flights between Tanzania & Kenya
There is a 15 kg weight restriction on all scheduled domestic flights. 20 kg allowed on charter flights
In general, climate varies with altitude, but seldom falls below 24C during the day and 10C at night.
There are two rainy seasons in Kenya, October-Dec, and Mar-June.
For update weather information please visit the website: http://www.cnn.com/WEATHER/Africa/frct.html
Telephone: IDD service is available to the main cities. Country code: 254 (followed by 2 for Nairobi, 11 for Mombasa and 37 for Nakuru). Outgoing international code: 000. International calls can sometimes be made direct or operator-assisted by dialing 0196. Public telephones work with coins or with phone cards (which may be purchased from post offices or from international call services in major towns); coin-operated phone booths are painted red, card-operated booths are painted blue.
Mobile telephone: GSM 900. The main network providers are KenCell and Safaricom.
Fax: Available to the public at the Main Post Office, the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, and at major hotels.
The basic unit of Kenyan currency is the shilling. Visitors to Kenya should change foreign currency at banks, bureau de change or authorized hotels. The easiest currencies to exchange are US Dollars, Sterling and Euros.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type round two-pin or flat three-pin. Bayonet-type light sockets.
HEALTH & VACCINATIONS
Yellow Fever required, other vaccinations not required from the country but it is advisable for precaution. Consult your doctor or health CENTRE to advise you such matters including Anti Malaria Medication, Yellow Fever and vaccinations at least one month before taking the trip.
Travel Health Centre ( Hong Kong ), Department of Health
Room 26, 18/F Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2961 8840
Travel Health Centre ( Kowloon ), Department of Health
1/F Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po.
Tel: (852) 2150 7235
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
It is not advisable to walk around at night. Please check with your lodge for safe -boxes. Kenya enjoys excellent political environment and security is a major concern. Security matters have been dealt with appropriately though.
The tip is a usual practice in Africa. Drivers and Guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. Suggested USD5 -10.00 per person per day for chauffeur guide or safari guide if you are having a private tour.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Kenya are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
The endless plains of east Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle - the 1.5 million animal ungulate (wildebeest) migration. From the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass.
July, August, September and October: By July the countless herds have amassed along the swollen Mara River - a final barrier from the short sweet grasses of the Masai Mara. Sometimes the crossing place they have chosen is shallow allowing the majority of animals to pass safely. In other areas the waters boil with drowning wildebeest and slashing crocodiles. Please note that the vast majority of travelers do not witness the wildebeest crossing of the Mara as the timing and duration varies widely each year - in years of little rain very few wildebeest cross the Mara River into Kenya. Note: If you wanted to travel to Kenya during the Migration peak period suggested to book at least 4 months in advance. For more information about Kenya please visit: www.magicalkenya.com
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG ) http://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html
Hong Kong Government raises the Travel Alert for Kenya to “Amber” since 25 Jun 2012, please check and make sure you have travel insurance covered to travel to this country.
If you would like to know more about the outbound Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/note-Kenya.htm
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm