Tips for Visitors to Kenya


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Travel Documents
Citizens of Commonwealth countries and Eire except Australia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, India, passport holders who are subject to control under the Immigration Act 1971, do not require visas. Please note that British passport holders do require a visa to visit Kenya. Visa's can be bought at the airport on arrival or beforehand by sending your passport together with a completed application form and payment to a local Kenya High Commision or Embassy. Neither do citizens of Denmark, Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, Norway, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uruguay, Italy, Ghana, and Namibia for up to 3 months. If you are a citizen or resident of any other country please apply for a visa. In most cases these are issued within 48 hours. Please check with your nearest Kenya Mission. Don't forget you need US20 dollars in foreign currency to pay international airport tax on departure (it can be bought at a bank, but better to take your own), and KSh 100 for internal departures.

Health, Innoculation and Malarial Prophylaxis
Check with your doctor and the relevant embassies. Both Cholera and Yellow Fever vaccinations are required. The following information is available from my doctor about anti-malarial treatment. In all matters medical it is advisable to confirm things with your own doctor.
Paludrine: 2 tablets daily, commencing the week before travelling to malaria zone.
Paludrine should not be taken if suffering from severe kidney impairment.
Chloroquine: 2 tablets every week, commencing the week before travelling to malarial zone.
Chloroquine should not be taken if suffering severe kidney or liver impairment. Chloroquine can exacerbate Psoriasis, Neurological disorders especially epilepsy, or severe gastro-intestinal disorders. Very rarely psychological changes (psychosis) Chloroquine is very toxic in overdosage.
Mefloquine: 1 tablet every week, commencing the week before travelling to malarial zone.
Prescriptions are not required in the UK for the first two, but Mefloquine (sold under the name LARIUM) does require a prescription.. It is strongly recommended that pregnancy does not occur within 3 months of completing a course of Mefloquine.
Larium/Mefloquine...Should not be taken in the following circumstances. If you have a history of psychiatric illness including acute anxiety or depression, if you have a history of epilepsy, if you have a history of liver of kidney disease, if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant within 3 months of completing a course of Larium. Larium is not recommended for airline pilots. And avoid if you have an allergy to Quinine. Adverse reactions reported include...... Dizziness, nausea, vomiting or stomach upset ; rarely........ headache, severe skin reaction ; very rarely...... psychological changes.
All malarial tablets should be taken for 4 weeks after leaving malarial zones. They should be taken after meals. Anti-malarial tablets bought abroad may be of different strengths to those obtained locally.

Water in your hotel, lodge and camp is safe to drink and bottled water is available. Temporary membership of the Flying Doctors Society is available and this will cover you in the event of an emergency, for evacuation to the best medical centre in Nairobi. Plasmodium falciparum is the most common form of malaria in Kenya. Take insect repellant for your skin.

Clothing Lightweight, bush-coloured, loose-fitting, pure cotton shorts, short-sleeved shirts and skirts are best for daywear. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended for the evenings. A vest with many pockets is useful on safari, and can be bought locally. Most hotels and lodges are very casual but a few require jacket and tie in the evenings. A lightweight waterproofed jacket or parka is useful for early morning game runs and in the evenings when it may be crisp and chilly. A warm sweater and socks are a good idea for the highlands. Bathing suits, kangas or kikois (local beach wraps) are comfortable and can be bought locally. Trainers or tennis shoes, thonged sandals, tevas or flip-flops and a pair of soft leather shoes such as Docksiders, are recommended. Take a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Camouflage clothing is illegal in Kenya. Take clear ziplock plastic bags and a duffel bag. Scheduled flights and local charters restrict luggage to about 15Kg in full per person. Pocket flashlight, pen-knife, shaving supplies Evian spray, toothpaste, Woolite, Kleenex tissues, shampoo, suntan lotion etc are all worth considering, although you can buy them locally, they are usually more expensive.

Serious photographers should consider a single lens reflex camera with automatic focus feature and a range of lenses from a wide-angle for scenes, a medium range zoom and a 400mm for serious bird photography, 300mm for close ups is a must. Equip cameras with extra wide straps to relieve pressure on your neck, and take a minipod, dust covers, lens cap holders and a good supply of alkaline batteries. A UV or skylight filter is necessary everywhere. A lens hood helps reduce glare. Safari roads are dusty so take a camera bag. Don't underestimate your film needs - two to four rolls per game viewing day. Film costs double in Kenya. If you want to film local people - ASK FIRST . 10*40 binoculars are good. Things like watches, pens, T-shirts, blue jeans and sunglasses make welcome gifts.
Currency You can change your money at a Bank or Bureau De Change, or at your Hotel. Remember to keep the receipt. Some people take money whatever it is. (thieves for one).