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Few places provide the extraordinary opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. East Africa's reputation as the quintessential kenya safaris destination is well deserved.
 
This is a region of dramatic contrasts and extraordinary wildlife on display in uncrowded and pristine landscapes of great beauty and variety. It’s hard to rival the range of travel choices Kenya offers from scenic Kenya safari tours to cultural immersion; from lounging on pristine beaches to the adventure travels; from a broad range of sporting activities to an endless list of special interest opportunities.
 
Indeed the very word safari was invented in Kenya where in Kiswahili it means "journey." The boundless wilderness and big game of this region has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the globe. Few countries even come close to the range of landscapes, unique geographical features and amazing species that you'll find in Kenya. Ask National Geographic and they will tell you about Kenya Safaris.
 
Kenya Safari tours offer you a chance to experience a natural world unchanged by the passage of time. The Kenyan wilderness is home to an endless array of ecosystems, the staging ground for natural cycles of life, death and regeneration as old as the planet itself.
 
This great range of natural habitats means that there is plenty to explore, and plenty of species to encounter in Kenya Safari packages. This is a land of an endless potential for the wildlife enthusiast. From great migratory herds of the open savannah to an incredible abundance of birdlife, from the depths of a tropical rainforest to the depths of the Indian Ocean teeming with schools of fishes, this is indeed a world of natural wonders.
 
A Kenya safari tour into the wilds of Kenya is a journey into the nature at its purest. Everywhere you look there is a profusion of life...
Kenya has 59 national parks and game reserves including the world's greatest wildlife spectacle, the annual wilder beastmigration safari in the Masai Mara
 
The Kenya safari tour would introduce you to 42 timeless cultures, many in villages that are unchanged by the modern world
Kenya provides ecotourism opportunities to learn about endangered wildlife such as the black rhino, sea turtle, Grevy's zebra, sitatunga, wild dog and Colobus monkey
 
Did you know that Kenya has a 300-mile Indian Ocean coastline of pristine beaches, warm, turquoise waters and protective coral reefs?
All this can be experienced by trekking or on a camelback or horseback, or in perhaps a hot air balloon, a boat or by simply biking up a mountain.
 
They are over 38 golf courses, many of championship quality. Don't be surprised if you have to wait for wildlife to cross your next hole in Kenya.
 
Kenya Visa Information
US/Canada/UK/Australia; Passport valid for at least six months required. Visa may be purchased on arrival at the airport. Single entry visa is $50 per person, payable in cash (no credit cards). Visas may also be obtained in advance through a visa service. We recommend CIBT.
 
Nairobi (NBO) (Jomo Kenyatta International) is 16km (10 miles) southeast of the city.
 
Mombasa (MBA) (Moi International) is 13km (8 miles) west of the city.
 
The following goods may be imported into Kenya by passengers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1l of spirits or 2l of wine; perfume and toilet water not exceeding in all 0.5l of which not more than a quarter may be perfume. Firearms and ammunition require a police permit. Pets require a good health certificate, a rabies certificate and an import permit. The import of fruit, plants, seeds, children's toys and imitation firearms. The export of gold, diamonds and wildlife skins or game trophies not obtained from the authorized Kenyangovernment department is also prohibited.
 
Health 
Yellow Fever- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving from infected areas; those countries formerly classified as endemic zones are considered to be still infected by the Kenyan authorities. A shot is NOT required for visitors from US/Canada/UK/EU direct.
 
Cholera - Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is no longer a condition of entry to Kenya. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.
 
Typhoid & Polio - Immunization against typhoid and poliomyelitis is recommended but not required for entry.
 
Malaria - Risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. There is usually less risk in Nairobi and in the highlands (above 2500m/8200ft) of the Central, Eastern Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Provinces. Mefloquine, doxycycline or malarone are the recommended prophylaxis.
 
HIV/AIDS - There is a risk of contracting AIDS if the necessary precautions are not taken. It is advisable to take a kit of sterilized syringe needles for any possible injections needed, as well as drip needles for emergencies.
 
Capital - Nairobi.
Language - Swahili is the national language and English is the official language. There are over 42 ethnic languages spoken, including Kikuyu and Luo.
 
Religion - Mostly traditional but there is a sizeable Christian population (both Catholic and Protestant) and a small Muslim community.
 
Time - GMT + 3.
 
Electricity - 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type square three-pin. Bayonet-type light sockets exist in Kenya.
 
Telephone - Country code: 254 (followed by 20 for Nairobi, 41 for Mombasa and 51 for Nakuru). International calls can sometimes be made direct or operator-assisted by dialing 0196. Public telephones work with coins or with phone cards (which may be purchased from post offices or from international call services in major towns); coin-operated phone booths are painted red, card-operated booths are painted blue. Major hotels also offer an international phone service, but they usually charge up to 100% more. In larger towns, private telecommunication centers offer international services. For local calls, it is useful to have plenty of small change available.
 
Mobile Telephone - Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. The main network providers are Celtel (website: www.celtel.com), which has extensive coverage in the south west and around the coast and Mombasa, and Safari com (website: www.safaricom.co.ke), with coverage in from Mombasa to Nairobi and in the southeast.
 
Internet - There are Internet cafes in major cities and hotels.
 
Weather

The weather in Kenya varies by location due to the land mass and diverse geography.  The East Africa region generally enjoys favorable temperate climate around the year. Coastal regions including Mombasa enjoy tropical weather marked by higher temperatures and humidity. The average temperatures range from 70 to 90ºF. Most of game parks are located in semi-arid bush-land. Here the rainfall is spread evenly through the 12 months and temperatures averaging between 86 and 104ºF.  

The year round weather is as follows:

December - March is usually the warmer period in Kenya with February and March being the warmest. Mornings and nights are generally cooler and low humidity. Temperatures average from 57 to 86ºF.

March generally marks the beginning of the long rains running through to May. This is the time of the year when the savannah is rehydrated and grasses replenished.  The rain mostly falls in the late afternoons and evenings. Expect to see temperatures between 55 and 58ºF.

June - September is what passes for winter in this part of the world with July and August being the coldest month. The thermometer can drop as low as 40ºF and raise to a high of 80ºF. During this time of year it’s wise to have warm clothing as the nights can get pretty nippy.

October and November is “spring” time in Kenya when visitors get to enjoy weather similar to spring in the US.  Jacaranda and other trees are in full bloom and the birds are chirping. It’s lovely time of year.  The short rains also come around this time. The temperatures range between 55 and 75ºF.