KENYA

Kenya is a beautiful country located in East Africa, known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and vibrant culture. From the iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, there is no shortage of amazing sights to see and experiences to be had in Kenya. Whether you're exploring the bustling streets of Nairobi, going on a safari to see the Big Five, or relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Diani, a visit to Kenya is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.

Top 3 destinations

Nairobi

Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is a vibrant and bustling metropolis that offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. From exploring the bustling markets and vibrant street art scene to visiting the iconic Nairobi National Park, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you're interested in learning about the rich history of the region or simply want to immerse yourself in the local culture, Nairobi has something for everyone. So why not plan a visit to this exciting city and experience all that it has to offer?

Mombasa

Mombasa, located on the coast of Kenya, is a vibrant city known for its beautiful beaches, rich history, and diverse culture. Visitors to Mombasa can explore historic sites such as Fort Jesus, relax on the white sandy beaches, and indulge in delicious Swahili cuisine. With its warm climate and welcoming locals, Mombasa is the perfect destination for a relaxing and memorable vacation.

Watamu

Watamu is a beautiful coastal town in Kenya that is known for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and vibrant marine life. It is a popular destination for tourists looking to relax and unwind in a tropical paradise. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, diving, and fishing in the warm Indian Ocean waters, or simply soak up the sun on the beach. With its laid-back atmosphere and friendly locals, Watamu is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

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Other Services

At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to Kenya offers a diverse range of experiences, from thrilling safaris in iconic national parks to exploring vibrant cities and relaxing on beautiful beaches. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for your nationality before traveling to Kenya. Many visitors can obtain a visa upon arrival at major airports or apply for an e-visa online in advance. Ensure that your passport has sufficient validity for the duration of your stay.

Best Time to Visit: Kenya's climate varies depending on the region. The best time to visit depends on your interests and the regions you plan to explore. The dry season from June to October is ideal for wildlife viewing in national parks like Maasai Mara and Amboseli, as animals congregate around water sources. The rainy seasons from March to May and October to December bring lush landscapes and migratory bird sightings.

Health Precautions: Consult with your healthcare provider regarding vaccinations and preventive measures against diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis A. Pack insect repellent, especially if you plan to visit areas with a high risk of malaria. Drink bottled or purified water to avoid stomach issues, and avoid consuming raw or undercooked foods. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies.

Currency and Payments: The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas, but it's advisable to carry some local currency for use in smaller establishments and markets. Credit and debit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and larger stores, but it's always a good idea to carry cash for smaller purchases and transactions.

Transportation: Getting around in Kenya can be done through domestic flights, minibuses (matatus), taxis, and rental cars. Domestic flights are available for traveling between major cities and safari destinations, offering convenience and scenic aerial views. Matatus are the primary mode of public transportation for short distances within cities and towns, but they can be crowded and operate on unpredictable schedules. Taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are available in urban areas, providing a more comfortable and convenient option for getting around.

Accommodation: Kenya offers a range of accommodation options, including luxury lodges, tented camps, budget-friendly guesthouses, and beach resorts. In Nairobi, you'll find a variety of lodging options catering to different budgets and preferences, from boutique hotels in upscale neighborhoods to backpacker hostels in downtown areas. In safari destinations like Maasai Mara and Amboseli, lodges and tented camps provide unique accommodations with stunning views of the wilderness. Book accommodations in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Language: English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and by the local population. Learning a few basic Swahili phrases can enhance your travel experience and show respect for the local culture.

Cultural Immersion: Explore Kenya's rich cultural heritage by visiting traditional villages, markets, and cultural centers. Learn about the customs, traditions, and lifestyles of indigenous communities like the Maasai and Samburu. Participate in cultural activities such as dance performances, beadwork demonstrations, and traditional ceremonies.

Wildlife Viewing: Kenya is renowned for its incredible wildlife diversity and iconic national parks. Embark on thrilling safari experiences in parks like Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, and Lake Nakuru, where you can spot a variety of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). Consider booking guided safaris, hot air balloon rides, or walking safaris for unique wildlife viewing experiences.

Responsible Tourism: Practice responsible tourism by respecting wildlife and adhering to park rules and regulations. Choose eco-friendly accommodations and tour operators that support conservation efforts and benefit local communities. Minimize your environmental impact by conserving water and energy, reducing waste, and supporting sustainable practices.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and enriching experience exploring the beauty, culture, and wildlife of Kenya. 

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

Level 2 - Exercise increased caution when traveling to Kenya. 

Do Not Travel to:
Kenya-Somalia border counties and some coastal areas, due to terrorism and kidnapping.

Areas of Turkana County, due to crime.

Reconsider Travel to:
Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera, due to crime and kidnapping.

Certain areas of Laikipia County, due to criminal incursions and security operations, reconsider travel through Nyahururu, Laikipia West, and Laikipia North Sub-counties.

Country Summary: Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.  Some areas have increased risk. Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time.  Local police often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks.  Emergency medical and fire service is also limited. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime.

Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings.

Demonstrations may occur, blocking key intersections and resulting in widespread traffic jams.  Strikes and other protest activity related to political and economic conditions occur regularly, particularly in periods near elections.  Violence associated with demonstrations, ranging from rock throwing to police using deadly force, occurs around the country; it is mostly notable in western Kenya and Nairobi.

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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