Why go to Kenya?
The East African country of Kenya is a place of great diversity; from the busy capital city of Nairobi and intimate beach islands to vast plains and National Parks filled with wildlife, Kenya has something for everyone. Tsavo National Park is famed for its part volcanic, part-grassland landscape, while Amboseli National Park nestles at the foot of the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro. Visitors seeking the best of African wildlife should head for Masai Mara National Reserve, and witness the great migrations which take place in the late summer and early autumn months.
As well as its famous animal population, Kenya is also home to quiet beach resorts. The Lamu Archipelago is an unspoilt paradise which boasts no roads and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere untouched by mass tourism. Malindfi also offers beautiful waters and beaches but is more commercial, offering diving and snorkelling alongside other water sports. Those seeking a more adventurous holiday could head for Mount Kenya and its multitude of walking and climbing experiences. Nairobi is a great city to explore, and those not just passing through on their way to a safari or wildlife excursion can find plenty of interesting sights. These include the Karen Blixen Museum, animal sanctuaries, craft galleries boasting a host of local artists' wares, and a thriving series of upmarket boutiques and shopping centres. There are also plenty of live music and theatrical shows to discover, while gourmet lovers can sample the finest food Kenya has to offer in many specialist restaurants and bistros.
How far is the international airport from Nairobi?
Most major operators fly in and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is located around 15km southeast of the capital city, Nairobi. This is one of Africa's busiest transport hubs. The city is also served by a second, smaller airport, though this is predominantly used for local or internal flights.
What major airlines fly to Kenya from UK?
The main airlines flying to Kenya from the UK include British Airways, Qatar Airlines, KLM, Emirates and Etihad, and flights can be taken from most major UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow.
How to get to City Centre from Jomo Kenyatta airport?
Jomo Kenyatta airport is a short taxi ride away from Nairobi, and taxis are readily available from the international arrivals terminal. It's also possible to hire a car for the duration of your visit, and various international car rental companies can be found at the airport.
What are the visa requirements for British and non-EU nationals?
British Nationals require a visa to enter Kenya. This can either be obtained from the Kenya High Commission in London or can be purchased upon arrival - the cost is around £30. A clean passport with validity for at least 6 months must also be shown. For non-EU nationals, a visa may still be required, although there are exemptions for visitors from certain countries, including most African and Caribbean nations.
How to get around Kenya?
Hire cars are a relatively safe way to travel in Kenya, though can be expensive. During daylight hours most local bus routes are reliable and safe, especially around Nairobi, though car should be taken on remote routes or at night. Taxis are plentiful in Nairobi. The country also has a rail network, though it is relatively slow and unreliable compared to most Western countries.
What’s the best time to visit Kenya?
Safari and wildlife tours are busiest during the summer months, and the early migration season from July to October correspondingly features the driest weather conditions. Average temperatures range from around 20-30 degrees Celsius throughout the year, though it can be much hotter and more humid around the coast. The rainy season runs from November to May, though it is typically wettest in the spring months.