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Kenya

  • Getting there: Fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), Nairobi or take a bus from neighbouring Uganda or Tanzania.
  • Capital city: Nairobi.
  • Population: 47.067 million.
  • Religion: The majority are Christian, Islam is second largest religious group.
  • Language: Both Swahili and English are the two official working languages.
  • Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES).
  • Climate: Despite being on the equator Kenya has a pleasant tropical climate primarily influenced by altitude.Only its coastal lowlands have a typical equatorial climate and are hot and humid year round. The rest of the country being highland plateaux and mountains is temperate. The country does though have distinct, double wet and dry seasons.
  • Transport: Taking domestic flights is convenient, safe and the quickest way to get around the vast distances. There are also charter planes that service smaller towns and game parks.The train system has a limited network. Hire a car, preferably with a driver, for greater flexibility and overcome unfamiliar roads and gain some local insight in one fell swoop. The public transport comprises bus services, matatus (privately owned minibuses), taxis, peugeots (shared taxis), boda-bodas (bicycle or motorcycle taxis) and tuk-tuks for shorter intra- and inter-city travel.
  • Best time to travel: Kenya offers both safaris and beach holidays all year round. The coast despite being always hot and humid is best avoided between March to May as temperatures and rainfall peak then. The dry seasons — January to March and June to September — is when to visit most safari destinations. The vegetation is sparser and the wildlife congregating around waterholes are easier to spot.
  • What to wear: Casual, comfortable, loose and light layers in natural fabrics that will breathe and are easier to wash. Always have something warm to wear as nights can turn chilly. Wearing long sleeves and pants will help avoid mosquito bites.
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