Kenya Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Kenya

Where is it?: Kenya straddles the equator on the Indian Ocean in East Africa

Why do people go here?: Kenya is one of the safari capitals of East Africa. It’s also home to the second highest mountain in East Africa, Mt. Kenya.

What are the main entry points?: Most people enter Kenya through Nairobi airport. There are some travelers that come overland via Arusha or Tanga, Tanzania.

Currency used: Kenya Shilling

Country Code for Phones: 254

Area codes for Major Cities: Nairobi 2, Nakuru 37, Kisumu 35, Mombasa 011

Religion: Roman Catholic 27%, Protestant 26%, Animist 18%, Muslim 6%

Population: 40 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Kikuyu 21%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kamba 11%, Kalenjin 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 5%

Government: Semi-presidential Republic

Languages: English, Swahili, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa

Attractions: Lake Amboseli, Masai Mara, Mt. Kenya

Accommodation: Kenya Hostels, Kenya Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Kenya-Tourist Office, P.O. Box 30630 Kenya-Re Towers, 7th floor, Upper Hill, Ragatti Road Nairobi ,00100 Kenya +254 2 2719924/6/8/31

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Lamu, Pate, Kakamega Forest Reserve

Health Issues: Malaria, Cholera, Hepatitis, Meningococcal Meningitis, Typhoid, Bilharzia, Yellow Fever

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Tourists visit East Africa from December through February, when the weather is dry and pleasant. The next best season is from June to September, although you can encounter some rain.

Common Phrases: Hello = Jambo, How are you? = Habari Yako?, Good = Nzuri, Yes = Ndiyo, Okay = Sawa, No Problem = Hakuna Matata

Specific Events/Holidays: Labour/Workers Day: May 1, Madaraka Day: June 1, Moi Day: October 10, Kenyatta Day: October 20, Independence Day: December 12

Getting Around: Minibuses, otherwise known as Matatu, are pretty much everywhere in Kenya. In general, you won’t have much problems getting to your destinations.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Kenya is the Kenya International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Kenya travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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