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Travel information about Kenya

Kenya is a country located in Eastern Africa with a total area of 580,367 km2 (224,081 sq mi) and a population of approximately 48,655,760. When you say Kenya, Zebras, lions, elephants and other wildlife come to mind. Africa is the great wilderness where these creatures survive. Mount Kenya National Park is the place for trekkers. The Kenyan Highlands encompass one of the utmost productive agricultural production regions in Africa; glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak; unique physiography supports ample and varied wildlife of scientific and economic value.

Capital city of Kenya: Nairobi

Closest neighbors to Kenya: Neighboring countries of Kenya are Tanzania on the south and southwest, Uganda on the west, South Sudan on the north-west, Ethiopia on the north, and Somalia on the north-east.

Best times to visit Kenya: July to September is the best time to visit Kenya because it’s dry season. It’s the time you can watch the wildlife. If you’re on for swimming, October, November, and March are the best time to snorkel and dive because this is the time seas are clear.

How to get to Kenya: There are no direct flights from the US to Kenya so you have to travel via or connect flight from Europe to Kenya.

Visa requirements for Kenya: Visa is strictly required obtainable upon entry to Kenya and a passport valid for 6 months.

Currency of Kenya: Kenyan shilling (KES) is the currency of Kenya.

Official Language of Kenya: English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kenya

There are 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kenya and 18 on their tentative list.

Cultural (3)

  • Fort Jesus, Mombasa (2011)
  • Lamu Old Town (2001)
  • Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests (2008)

Natural (3)

  • Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley (2011)
  • Lake Turkana National Parks (1997, 2001)
  • Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest (1997, 2013)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.