Here are some basics to have when packing for your trip to Kenya:
A yellow fever certificate is required when travelling from some neighboring countries and will be inspected on arrival in Kenya. If you are travelling to one of this countries (Rwanda, Egypt or other such areas that are deemed infected) after a stay in Kenya you will need to get vaccinated.
You should therefore make sure you have the following:
Some countries also require arriving visitors from Kenya or elsewhere in East Africa to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Some of them include China, Bahrain, Australia. It is also advisable to try and protect yourself from mosquito bites which can lead to malaria. Preventive measures include: using repellent and wearing suitable cover-up clothes in the evening.
Drink bottled water, not tap water. There is a variety of bottled water you can buy in shops and restaurants
Before taking pictures of the local people, ask permission and agree on the price. The driver-guide will assist you.
Don’t get out of the vehicle unless the driver says it is ok. In many parks, moving on foot is not only risky but also means breaking the park rules. There are special places, such as observation points and picnic sites, where it is allowed to get out.
Watch your money. Make sure that, when switching currency you do so in a reputable hotel, foreign exchange bureau or bank. Take care of your valuables too by locking them up in the hotel safe. Carry only small amounts of cash and avoid wearing expensive jewellery when walking in towns, villages.
Be vigilant when venturing out at night and when in public places. In case of robbery, report the incident at the nearest police station. Kenya has a Tourist Safety and Communication Center that is always on call. They offer a 24hr tourist helpline (020-604767) where you can seek assistance if needed.
The Tourist Safety and Communication Center is available to help with updates, travel advisories, road conditions, health issues, and security. Please contact them if you have any trouble during your visit to Kenya.
Meeting animals on foot is part of the walking safari concept. Most animals move away when they become aware of you, which usually happen at some distance (you generally get closer to animals if you approach them by car). Walking safaris in wildlife areas should always be escorted by an armed ranger. If on foot close to lakes or rivers where crocodiles may be found, you should stay at least 5 m/yd away from the water’s edge. Crocodiles have good camouflage, and may be hiding in the water to ambush prey approaching on land.
On most safaris in East Africa, you watch the animals from a jeep or minibus, which is safe. You may meet animals, mainly such as monkeys and mongoose, on foot in lodges or tented camps. These animals are rarely dangerous, but they are wild, so keep your distance to them. Even if they behave as were they tame, they may use teeth and claws if feeling threatened. Also keep unattended doors and windows to your room closed, to prevent monkeys and ground squirrels from entering searching for food. Never venture outside the lodge or camp area. If you move within the lodge area at night, for example to see if you can spot some nocturnal animals, you may consult with the lodge to escort you. Wild animals from the surrounding bush may enter the area at night, when the lodge is quiet. Elephants, buffalos, hippos, lions and leopards may roam at night in lodges and camps.
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