VISITING KENYA - KARIBU KENYA

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Kenya is located astride the equator in Eastern Africa. It covers approximately 580,000 square km. It borders Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania. Kenya spans more than 224,000 sq. miles (582,000 sq. Km), making it only slightly smaller than the state of Texas in the United States.

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya with a cosmopolitan population of over 3.2 million people. It is the only capital city in the world that has a national park. The park is endowed with a rich variety of wild life making the city a unique tourist destination. 

The city got its name from a Maasai phrase 'Enkare Nyorobi' meaning 'the place of cool waters.' Nairobi is the most populated city in East Africa and the fourth largest city in Africa.


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Nairobi is a hub for business and culture. It is also a home for many international organizations along with the United Nations Environmental Program and UN Habitat, and companies.

Enjoy wildlife safaris, bird watching, horseback riding, golfing, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, scuba diving, hot air ballooning, mountain climbing, hiking, water skiing, fishing, and many more activities. You can also get a chance to practice marathon running with the world's greatest athletes and gold medalists, on the hills of the Great Rift Valley.


Basic Information about Kenya


Kenyan Government

The Republic of Kenya is a multi-party democracy with a National Assembly. The constitution declares the president as both the head of state and the head of government. Kenya's government has been stable and the recent administration has worked hard to improve the country on many levels, from education, technology to health care to economic growth.

President - Uhuru Kenyatta

Deputy President - William Ruto




Climate

Kenya enjoys a wonderful tropical climate. It is generally warm all year round, with plenty of sunshine and cooler nights and mornings.

The weather in October has average highs of 25.7°C and lows of 11.3°C. It may also rain during October, the average rainfall in October is 60.8 mm.

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Currency, Banking & foreign exchange

The Kenyan Shilling is the currency of Kenya. The currency code for Shillings is KES, and the currency symbol is KSh. 

International banks in Kenya include Bank of Africa, Barclays Bank, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank. Banking hours are from 08:00 AM  to 04:00 PM on weekdays and from 08:00 AM  to 12:00 noon on Saturdays. 

Most banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept various international debit and credit cards. 

Foreign Exchange Bureaus are readily available within Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and the Nairobi Central Business District.




Taxi services

Taxis are readily available in Nairobi and you can pay by cash or credit card. You can also access taxis via mobile applications including Uber, Little Cab, Mondo Ride and Taxify. 

You can also find taxis parked on every second street in the city centre.




Telecommunications

The main mobile service providers include Safaricom, AirTel and Telkom. They provide internet access using 3G and 4G. SIM cards for cell phones are readily available and cost about $1 US. Please note that registration is required to activate the SIM cards. 

Landline telephone services are also available at hotels and other facilities.




Electricity supply

The standard voltage is 240V in Kenya. However, electric appliances from countries whose standard voltage is between 220V to 240V can be used. Power sockets in Kenya are three-pin, square, type G.




Shopping and Attractions


Nairobi has an endless and colorful array of shopping malls and markets with plenty on offer for travelers. The malls have a variety of stores well stocked with a wide assortment of authentic Kenyan gifts for you to take home.

Some of the major shopping malls in the city include:-

- The Two Rivers Mall - Limuru Road

- Garden City Mall - Thika Road

- The Hub Karen - Karen

- Galleria Mall - Karen-Langata Road

- The Junction - Ngong Road

- Sarit Center - Westlands

- Yaya Center - Kilimani

- Village Market 

- Maasai Market




Agricultural Products

Kenya is one of the top agricultural producers in Africa thanks to the rich soil of the Kenyan highlands. Coffee, tea, tobacco, cotton, pyrethrum, flowers, cashew nuts and sisal are Kenya's cash crops, with fruit, vegetables, beans, and cassava emerging as key crops for subsistence. Cattle, goats and sheep are also important agricultural products. 

Major export markets include Kenya's neighboring countries, as well as several European, Asian countries, and the United States.




Tourism

Kenya is a popular tourist destination all year round. Attractions ranging from safaris, awesome Indian Ocean beaches,  scenic landscapes, mountain trekking and fascinating wildlife. For more information, visit Kenya's Tourism Board.

Game Safaris and wildlife tours are Kenya's biggest attractions, drawing many visitors to the country each year. Kenya manages 60 national parks and national game reserves, where visitors can view some of the country's most spectacular wildlife, including the "Big Five" animals.  Between July and September, visitors can witness the remarkable annual wildebeest migration which takes place at the Mara.

Kenya's many beaches along the Indian Ocean are the country's second biggest tourist attraction. Visitors can enjoy clean beaches lined with palm trees and studded with luxury resorts, with coral reefs located just offshore.




People and culture

Kenya is a land of great diversity in its people and cultures. We have about 42 tribes in Kenya with different languages and cultures that all merge to become the unique mix of Kenyan culture.  The Maasai are the most well known due to both their long-preserved culture and their involvement in Kenyan tourism. The Kenyan people are warm, friendly and hospitable. 

The national Language is Swahili and most people also speak English too.




Security

The Kenyan government is very conscious of the global security issues and has taken the necessary measures to ensure safety of its citizens and visitors. 

Kenya has in the recent past hosted various high profile meetings and personalities such as the Pope Francis in November 2015, President Barrack Obama – President US in July 2015, WTO Ministerial Conference (December 2014) successfully. The WTO Conference was held at one of our potential conference sites (Kenyatta International Convention Centre).