While Kenya is a treasure trove of nature basking in glory, it is an amazing country hosting a multitude of emotions, people and animals alike. Kenya sets itself as the background for the Great Migration, endless hills, plush greens, safaris, studded coastlines and beyond. The seas of Kenya is definitely more what you can see, but the key to have a good time in Kenya is by knowing the cans and cannots! This is all the shoutout you need to clarify all your unsure “Can I’s?” to sure “I Can s!”
Safety Levels –
Previously,Nairobi had a global reputation for being unsafe and has even been popularly called Nairobbery. However, Things have changed drastically in the recent past with safety levels on the incline. To ensure you enjoy your stay in Kenya, We recommend, especially if you are travelling alone then the nights for solo-travel is strictly not recommended. Be sure to stay safe.
Watch your belongings –
Always carry a copy of passport in your luggage as being lost on foreign shores with no proof for your identity is a situation you don’t want to put yourself in. Carry money,passport and other valuables(if any) in a money belt under all your clothes if you are travelling through a city. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery as it has high potential to call for unwarranted attention. Also, avoid walking around the city with flashy cameras and excessive cash as well.
Stay vigilant and dress appropriately, by that we mean modestly as people in rural areas of Kenya still have prejudice towards women dressed up in excessively short dresses, skirts, shorts. However, in the cities, most people don’t place a lot of emphasis on dressing, but it is still advisable to wear simple clothing. It is strongly suggested not to wear blue colored outfits in any of the safaris in Kenya as it is a hot favorite amongst wild animals and insects as it catches their attention. Khaki or dark green is preferable.
With Kenya being a tropical country, the sun is pretty much the country’s friend and your foe if you are not used to too much sunlight. Prepare both yourself and your luggage to withstand the tests of the unpredictable harsh weather conditions as you’ll see yourself in hot, wet and even cool weather in extremely dusty environments. With so much talking done on sun, you can only try to take on him by applying a really good sunscreen and don the brimming hat besides the shades.
Insurance and Medicines –
Be travel insured to be sure! Select a policy that covers cancellation,medical illness, emergency evacuation and associated hospital treatments. Also, with the visa on arrival being an option,getting a visa is not a problem. Also, ensure you exchange currencies in a notable and trustworthy establishment. To prevent yourself from any impending danger, it is strongly advised to take Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus and Typhoid jabs and carry antimalarials and insect repellants.
Food Hygiene –
Expect some brilliant steak and meals served with couscous, rice etc with a portion of fish or meat deliciously prepared freshly from the sea. However, ensure that the food cooked is hot when you buy as it is best to be cautious. If you are someone with a sensitive stomach, it is best that street food is out of your way and you always buy bottled water.
Kenyan Safari is a safari like no other. Figure out whether you want a private lodge or a luxury tented camp or even a private fly-in camp for your safari and remember to carry a G plug type to charge all your gadgets. It is preferred that you always find out what sort of safari vehicle, how many people would be there as it will help you figure out where you want to fit in and make the best choice. We would personally recommend the 4×4 land cruiser for a Safari in Masai Mara.
Visiting Time –
Sit besides the gorgeous lakes, splendid greens, pristine hues of blues in the coast, but most importantly witness the sheer brilliance of the wildebeest migration while on a safari in Masai Mara in the right month. This usually happens between the months of August – October
With Mt Kilimanjaro being in the Kenyan border even Mt. Kenya standing tall at staggering heights, a trek to them is like no other, however remember to equip yourself with appropriate clothing, gear for the trek. Wear right and you won’t wear out!
The Guides are God –
Your Kenyan safari guides might not necessarily come with a flashy degree,however by no means does it define the prowess of their inherent knowledge about the animals, culture and the different traditions within the tribes. Be inquisitive and ask them about all you want and be sure to be taken aback when they share their experiences and quench your curiosity. We suggest you make the most out of your guides and indulge in a truly Kenyan experience.
Stay Cautious –
While you are in a safari in Kenya, it becomes extremely important to stay clear of the animals and acacia thorns. Do not get close to them in any circumstances however innocent they might seem as animals are unpredictable and might be enraged at the slightest actions unknownst even to you. In simple words, click pictures, shoot videos from afar and simply don’t get in the way of wildlife. Remember, you are the guest in their habitat!
Whether it is a safari in Kenya or a trek to Mt. Kenya or a vacation on the shores, knowing a couple of Swahili words will help and only bring you closer to the locals. “Jambo!” translates to an all inclusive ‘Hello, how are you?’, “Pole Pole” means ‘slowly slowly’ and you’ll say “Asante” for this blog. Well, easy to figure out, it translates to ‘Thank you’.
Pack your bags, stay calm and head straight to Kenya to gaze at the stars, to lose yourself in the wilderness for an unmatched Kenyan Safari experience and wander in wonder across the horizon. Beat the heat and go home with a rejuvenated you!