Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the best time to visit Kenya?
Kenya is a all year round destination and it is possible to see wildlife at all times of the year. Depending on your interests, certain times may be better than others. For instance, if you want to see the Great Wildebeest Migration the time to visit is during the month of June to October. However, even this can be difficult to determine, as the movements of the wildebeest is highly dependant on climatic condition in Kenya and Tanzania.
2. Do I need a visa to travel to Kenya?
Visas are compulsory for all visitors, including those from countries that were previously exempt, such as the USA, UK, Germany and Belgium. Visas may be applied for at a Kenyan embassy in your home country or upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta or Wilson Airports. However, it is recommended that visitors obtain their visas prior to arrival to avoid the possibility of long queues at the airport. Passports are required by all foreign visitors and must be valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. Please ensure that there are sufficient blank pages for any visas as well as for entry stamps upon arrival.
NB: A single entry visa has been introduced to visitor who wish to travel to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
3. Is it safe to travel in Kenya?
Kenya is one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. It is a perfectly safe country to visit, although the usual safety guidelines apply – don’t leave your luggage un attended and always keep your valuables close by or locked away.
4. Can I use my credit card in Kenya?
All major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express) are widely accepted.
5. Are banking services easily available in Kenya?
National and international banks have branches in Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu, Thika, Eldoret, Kericho and Nyeri, as well as most other major towns. Banks and bureaux de change at international airports are open 24 hours a day.
6. What languages are spoken in Kenya?
More than 40 ethnic languages are spoken in Kenya. The national language is English and Swahili. Most Kenyans can communicate in English.