Kenya is a breathtaking and captivating adventure that you do not want to miss. It is an experience that will change the way you travel. If you are currently planning your trip to Kenya, here are a few things you should know before travelling.
Your timing will determine your experience. The weather, the wildlife, and the overall trip will be affected by your dates, so it is essential to plan. Plan your trip between July and September for the best experience as it offers the best combination of weather, attractions, and safaris. During these months, you can experience the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeests migrate. The weather is also dry during these months. During December, you will experience short spells of rainfall and will also get to witness newborn animals. March, April, and May are not the best months to visit Kenya because of the excessive rainfall in these months.
Apart from applying for a tourist visa (which can be completed online), you will need to take specific vaccinations, including tetanus, polio, hepatitis, and yellow fever. Many travel agents also suggest obtaining travel insurance.
You will also need to pack the following essential items:
- Appropriate clothing (lightweight, breathable, and comfortable)
- Insect/Mosquito repellents
- Medication (Malaria pills, antacid, diarrhea, etc.)
- First Aid Kit
- Power bank/portable chargers
- Hand Sanitizers
- Face masks
Things to keep in mind while in Kenya
You must also be aware of the following while you are in Kenya:
- Make sure you pack a bag according to your plans for the day. For example, if you are going on a safari, make sure you have plenty of water, insect repellants, a first aid kit, and other essentials to overcome any situation
- There are certain places in Kenya that you should not cross. You can get this information from your hotel’s front desk or your tour guide
- It is recommended not to walk out late
- You should always hire a local driver instead of renting a vehicle
- Although you may be tempted to try the street food, we recommend you proceed with caution because the street food may affect your stomach. Even if you have the medication, experiencing diarrhea is not the best highlight of your trip to remember
- It is essential to wear clothing that sufficiently covers you while being comfortable because you will encounter many insects and mosquitos.
- When shopping, do not be afraid or shy from bargaining for a reasonable price. The shopkeepers know that you will bargain and will usually quote a higher price than you should pay. Make sure you always bargain for any purchase you make from the markets.
If you are thinking about changing your travelling plans because of all this information, you do not want to miss out on travelling to Kenya. It may seem intimidating right now; however, once you land in Kenya and experience the adventure it offers, you will keep coming back for more. If you want to learn more about travelling to East Africa, read Flying in East Africa: all you need to know.