Things You Need to Know Before You Travel to Kenya
Known for Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, Kenya is synonymous with safari as it is one of the few places on the planet that has both the spirit of adventure and romance. Kenya is a country with many hidden facets that will surprise on every trip. There is always something new to discover in Kenya. If you love the incredible scenery, excellent beaches, fantastic hiking, and the many safari possibilities, you might want to visit Kenya. This article will talk about some things you might want to consider before you go to Kenya.
1. Friendly people
First of all, the good thing about Kenya is that people are friendly. They are very open and hospitable. Therefore, you don’t have to be afraid to talk to them. In my experience, people in Kenya are more than willing to give you all the help and support you need.
2. Safe and secure
In recent years, the country has been hard hit by terrorism. As a result, few tourists have come to this country during these years. As a result, the country’s tourism industry is struggling to survive. As a result, they are much more welcoming to visitors than before. Unlike in the past, Kenya has been relatively safe for international visitors. If you still want to feel safe, you can stick to the main tourist itinerary.
3. Ethnic Tensions
Ethnic tensions in Kenya hamper the electoral process and stability. Although you are unlikely to face these types of tensions, you may want to keep this in mind.
4. Road Safety
Because of ethnic tensions and terrorism, the security level is quite high, particularly in public places such as shopping malls and airports. As a result, every person and every car is checked at airports. Individuals are asked to pass through a security gate. Also, their bags are scanned to ensure that they do not contain illegal personnel.
If you wish to travel to Kenya, you can choose from different types of tourist visas. Most people get an East African visa because it allows access to several countries. It is also much cheaper than buying separate visas for other countries, such as Uganda and Rwanda. If you want to obtain this visa, you must apply online. The advantage of using online is that it can save you a lot of time when you arrive at the airport.
6. Low-cost airlines
It is good to know that several low-cost airlines are operating in Kenya, and all of them are safe, cheap, and efficient. You can choose Kenya Airways for your travel in the country. Besides, it also serves several other destinations around the world. Also, it is reasonably priced.
7. Train to Mombasa
If you don’t want to fly from Nairobi to Mombasa, you can take a train. A few decades ago, the train journey took about 14 hours. But this old version has been upgraded to a high-speed version operated by a Chinese company.
It is important to note that you must book your tickets in advance. You can also book your ticket at the train station, which may cost you a little more time.
In short, here are a few tips that you may want to keep in mind if you are visiting Kenya for the first time.
8 Traveling by the Matatus
In Kenya, transport over shorter distances is provided mainly by vans, locally called matatus.
A fun and adventurous trip, usually accompanied by loud African music and reckless driving, is an experience! Alternatively, tuk-tuks and Boda Bodas (motorcycle cabs) can take you to small towns. Both options are cheaper than cabs. Large buses also make longer trips, from Nairobi to Mombasa, for example.