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Kenya

Kenya : When and where to go?

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Kenya: Climate & Weather


The climate is mainly equatorial although it is subject to regional variations.

There are two dry seasons, from December to March and from July to October, alternating with two rainy seasons from April to June and from November to December. But there are variations on this general trend: Along the coast, a humid tropical climate is softened by the monsoon winds.

In the northeast desert, dry hot weather prevails most of the time except during April and May when short showers can occur. Around Lake Victoria the climate is always humid with a little less rainfall in January and February.

In the high plains the climate is driest; hot and sunny with cold nights.

If you wish to go on safari then visit during the off-peak season (June, September and October) so you will avoid the main influx of tourists.

 

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condictions actuelles : Clear
CLEAR

21°C - 70°F

Nairobi, updated 18:00 GMT
(Local time 21:00)

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What to do in Kenya


Seen as the Jewel of Eastern Africa due to its rich wildlife, Kenya shines with the colours of the beautiful and diverse natural features.

Nairobi, the capital, is a mosaic of different districts: Visit the populous downtown of River Road, the National Park, the Museum of Snakes and, on the outskirts of the city, the Ostrich Park.
The nature reserves are obviously the favourite destinations in Kenya: Masai Mara, one of the best known, is an extension of the Serengeti Park in Tanzania, it has lots of wildlife and you can visit a Masai village, there is a good choice of accommodation as well.

The Lake Bogoria National Reserve is also a must-see stopover: There are two million pink flamingos living at the lake which feed on the water’s blue-green algae, offering visitors an unforgettable sight.
Another city to explore, Lamu, on its own island, is accessible by boat or by airplane. This place is both peaceful and relaxing, you can see its architecture dating back several centuries and the Swahili House Museum is a popular place to visit.

 

Kenya : The basics


Nairobi is served by many airlines from around the world.

A visa is required to enter into the country.
The currency in circulation is the Kenyan Shilling.
The budget required changes according to the season: On average, a meal costs about €10 and a double room in a hotel costs about €30. You can also choose full board in a lodge (not on safari) for a little over a hundred Euros. A one-day safari will cost you a minimum of €50, which is the highest cost of your budget.

Regarding health issues, it is advisable keep normal vaccines up to date, also add those for yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A. Protect yourself against mosquitoes, wash your hands well before handling food, only drink bottled water, peel fruit and vegetables and do not eat seafood.
For your safety, avoid areas near the borders with Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
To travel within the country, the buses are very numerous. Renting a car is a little expensive but very convenient.


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