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Travelling to Kenya


The Kenyan shilling is divided into 100 cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 shillings. 50 cent coins are available, but not commonly used.
money matters

The local currency you will need during your stay in Kenya should be obtained at authorised facilities such as banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Currency can also be exchanged at the Nairobi Airport on arrival. It is very difficult to exchange the shilling outside of Kenya so we recommend that you change only as much as you will need. Major credit cards are accepted at most outlets in Kenya. At Sanctuary Olonana we accept Visa, MasterCard or Amex, as well as cash and travellers cheques, and cash at our camp sites.


Tipping is not obligatory but general suggestions are as follows:
$15 per guest per day for the guide and $15 per guest per day for the rest of the staff.


The climate in Kenya is mainly characterised by warm days and cool evenings. December to March are usually the warmest  months of the year, while June to August are the coolest. April and May often see intermittent rains, and from September to November the days are warm with short scattered rains falling in November.


GMT + 3 hours.



Kenya's official languages are Swahili and English.


The South African immigration department has expressed concern about the growing issue of global child trafficking and announced new requirements for adults travelling with children under the age of 18, which will take effect from 1 June 2015.

Parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children. When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel. The above applies to foreigners and South Africans travelling to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit.

For more information on Kenya travel please visit http://ktb.go.ke/



Travellers should check for visa requirements pertaining to their citizenship, as entry requirements vary between countries. All travellers, however, must be in possession of a passport with at least six months of validity left beyond the intended departure date from Kenya.

• Foreign visitors may be required to obtain a visa to enter Kenya.

• Please visit http://www.kenya.visahq.com for a full list of nationalities which require visas for entry into Kenya.

• Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of this trip.

• Please Note that immigration requires you to have two blank pages in your passport per entry; without this you will be denied entry.

• International Departure Tax is required by all passengers departing from Kenya. In most cases the tax is included in your international air ticket. If tax has not been included then it must be paid at the airport prior to departure.

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