1. Where is the republic of Kenya located?
It is in East Africa that Kenya is located. to the norrth West it is neighbored by Somalia whereas Uganda is to the west. Tanzania is in the south and then the Indian Ocean forms its eastern border.
2. What is the size of Kenya as a country?
Kenya covers an area of 582,650 square kilometers (224,962 sq miles) that includes 11,230 square kilometers (4,336 sq miles) of water, and here are some of its major tourist destination and the areas they cover the Masai Mara – 1510 sq kilometers, Amboseli National Park – 390 sq kilometer, Samburu National Park – 104 sq kilometers, Nairobi National Park – 684 sq kilometers, Lake Nakuru National Park – 168 sq kilometers and the oldest as well as largest national park in the country Tsavo covering 11,747 sq kilometers
3. How big is the Population of Kenya?
As per the 2019 population statistic, this country had a population of about 52 million people. It comprises of thirty two main ethnic African groups, of which five groups make up 70 %( percent) of the country’s main population; these include Luhya, Kalenjin, kikuyu, Luo and the Kamba. Now the 30% are the small section and they include Asians and the Arabs.
4. What is the time zone of Kenya?
The normal time zone of the country is three (3) hours in front of the Greenwich Mean Time.
5. What is the Capital City of Kenya?
Nairobi is not only the capital city of Kenya but also the largest city in the country. This city which is also commonly referred to as the ‘Green-City in the sun’ is found in Nairobi District.
6. What is the climate like in Kenya?
Kenya lies on the equator and generally experiences a tropical climate. The country is hot and moist especially along the coastal areas, whereas the inland is moderate with the north east and northern area being extremely dry
7. What is the best time to visit Kenya in the year?
Kenya can be visited all year round however the pak tourist season in the country runs from the month of January up to the end of February. During this time of the year it is dry and considered to be a very pleasant time to take a Kenya Safari holiday.
At this time several birds migrate into the rift valley offering excellent views for birders. The rains come from March to May, however from June to September it is dry and similarly ideal for visiting the country. Special about the rainy months is that there are less tourist crowds, and more accommodation availability offered normally at discounted rates.
8. What type of Government does Kenya have?
This country is a democratic nation presently ruled by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta as the head of state. The National Assembly and the government effect the executive power and Kenya has an independent Judiciary as another important arms of governance.
9. What is the local currency of Kenya?
The Kenyan Shilling (KES) is the official currency of Kenya including cents as well in denominations of 5 cents, 10 cents, 50 cents. The banks notes are in the denominations of 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 shillings.
10. What are the Bank Opening Hours?
The banks normally operate from Monday to Friday opening at 9:00 O’clock in the morning to 2:00 O’clock in the afternoon (14:00pm), however banks at the airport operate till midnight wheras those in the larger cities they operate until 16:30pm.
11. How much should I Tip on safari?
Tipping is not so important in Kenya because most of the main hotels and restaurants add the tips in the payments or in the service charges. Therefore, this is done at your own will and will surely be appreciated however persons like porters or guides at the airports, lodges can be tipped a dollar per a piece of luggage.
In restaurants, you can normally give the attendants ten percent (10%) of the total bill. your tour guide can be tipped $2-$5 per head and per day.
12. What safety issues must I consider while visiting in Kenya?
Endeavor to keep moving in the light and avoid any un escorted movements in the dark. Do not move with your valuable items for example, cell phones, laptops, cameras, and MP3’s exposed. This may attract pick pockets. Ladies travelling also need guides to avoid any unpleasant instances.
Be watchful while walking and driving in the main towns. More especially in Nairobi, you may need a tour guide to help you out while travelling. Nairobi is so famous in having uncommon muggings in crowds even in the broad day light. Hence it is being labeled as” Nairobbery”
The Northern part of Kenya is well known for unruliness especially as you are getting closer to the borders of Somali, Sudan as well as Ethiopia. These areas are have several armed robbers and thieves therefore tourists should avoid touring towns like moyale, lodwar and as well as lokichokio
13. What is the dialing code of Kenya?
In major cities, international direct calls can be made and received, at a fair cost. Local and international phone calls can be made from public phone boxes, although they are hard to find, however you can easily do so on your mobile phone. The dialing code of Kenya is +254; however those calling from USA or Canada will have to dial 011, then the country code and lastly the phone number.
Can I use my cell/mobile phone in Kenya?
Possibly North American and Japanese phones may not work well in the country. But there are some options that can be accessible, cheap and easy to you like prepaid (pay as you go) cards, refill vouchers and top-ups are greatly accessible with newsagents, supermarkets, shops and hotels.
14. Is there internet connectivity?
Definitely yes, internet access is great in most of the resorts, hotels and lodges.
18. What are the Visa and Passport Requirements?
Concerning the visa and the passport, consult the local Kenya embassies due to the fact that changes in the requirements may appear with no formal warning.
15. What public communications media is there?
Probably there is in the cities which are very slow and time wasting but with Kenya has a proper communication structure that includes fax and email services, telephone and different social media platforms especially within the large cities. Internet connection within the large cities is fairly fast however in the rural areas it is rather slow.
Another means of communication is the post office system. Their offices are normally open from Monday to Fridays. Time is from 8:00am to 1:00pm and then from 2:00pm to 4:30pm with a number of them extending operations to Saturdays. This system is fairly active and takes 7 days to 10 days when sending letters/posts overseas.
16. What plugs and power voltage is used in Kenya?
You can freely bring voltage and plug adaptors just in case you need the electrical devices that need to be charged. Most hotels provide their clients with irons and hairdryers on request. However, the domestic power supply used in Kenya is 220 volts or 240 volts AC, 50HZ with of 3(three) point square plugs.
17. What are the weights and measures in Kenya?
Kenya’s weights are measured in kilograms and also distances in kilometers.