Kenya lies astride the equator on the eastern coast of Africa. It is a medium-sized country by continental standards, covering an area of about 586,600km sq. Inland water bodies cover some 10,700km sq, the bulk of this is Lakes Victoria and Turkana. Within the borders of Kenya, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures unchanged by the modern world, pristine beaches and coral reef, equatorial forests, snow-capped Mt. Kenya, the best view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, searing deserts, cool highlands and endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, relaxation; more than you would ever expect.
Jambo is one of the most common words you will hear spoken throughout Kenya. This is the simplest Swahili greeting, and is often the first word learned by visitors to Kenya.
Planning and Packing
It is often said that Kenya is a cold country with a hot sun, as the blend of high altitudes and tropical sun make for a unique and variable climate. May can be wet and cold, this should be kept in mind when packing for a visit.
It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies. Nairobi is not a malaria endemic zone, however for safety purposes, malaria prophylaxis is recommended for those travelling from non endemic areas. There are excellent hospitals in Nairobi and close to the venue I case of an emergency. Kenyatta University also runs a health unit and has ambulance services.
The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. The written abbreviation is either KSh. or KES. The current exchange rate to the dollar as of 31st January 2018 is….
The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square. If you are planning to bring a video camera charger or any other electrical advice, please bring voltage and plug adaptors where appropriate.
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