Here are some tips to aid you in getting round Nairobi and Kenya as a whole during your stay.
Safety and Security
Normal precautions as in any other destination worldwide should be taken. Keep a close watch on handbags, wallets and cameras when walking in crowded places and avoid walking in narrow alleys or isolated streets especially at night. Only use taxis from reputable taxi companies at night. The hotel reception should provide you with the necessary information. Place all valuables in safety deposit boxes at hotels and lodges, and only carry small amounts of cash.
Do not wear jewellery or valuables that bring attention to yourself. Never leave valuables on show in an unattended car or tour bus. Do not leave your vehicle unlocked.
Please leave all valuables (jewellery, travel documents, cameras etc) in the safe or safety deposit box of the hotel you are staying at, and don’t leave anything of value lying around your hotel room.
- Ambulance: 999
- Fire Brigade: 999
- Flying Doctors Service: 020-336 886
- Police Headquarters: 020-335 124 /020-240 000
- Observe the animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities.
- Loud talking on a game drive can frighten the animals.
Never attempt to attract an animal’s attention.
- Do not imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, pound on the vehicle or throw objects at the animals. Respect your driver/guide’s judgement about your proximity to the animals and do not insist that they take the vehicle closer so that you can get a better photograph. A vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt or cause animals to abandon a hard-earned meal.
- Never attempt to feed or approach a wild animal. This is especially important near lodges or in campsites where animals have become accustomed to human visitors.
While on walking safaris, stick to established trails to preserve grass and other plants.
- Do not pick any vegetation, or remove any item of biological interest, including egg shells, feathers and bones of any kind.
Litter left on the ground can choke or poison animals and birds. Where other visitors have littered, consider alerting the officials or safely picking up the litter yourself. Local park rangers will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
- Refrain from smoking on game drives. The dry African bush ignites very easily, and a bush fire would cause unthinkable damage to the animals.
Some frequently asked questions
- What is Kenya’s time zone?
- What are the names of the major airports and sea ports?
- Is there an airport departure tax?
- Are there any cash dispensing points/ ATM from credit cards?
- What are the major credit cards accepted in Kenya?
- How is the weather like?
- How should i generally wear?
- What is Kenya’s dialing code?
- When are the public holidays?
- How do i get a Visa to Kenya?
- What are some of the common metrics and measures?
- Should i pay excise on my hand camera?
- Where can i shop?
- Can i take photos on my trip?
- How should i generally tip for service?