BASIC INFORMATION WHILE BACKPACKING IN KENYA
Backpacking in Kenya is a growing phenomenal within Kenya’s travel industry. It is important that backpackers are armed with the necessary information while in Kenya. Some basic information has been listed below: It should be noted that the information offered is not exhaustive and may vary from time to time.
For Kenya Citizen, one is required to have their National Identity Cards and Driving licenses if self driving through the county. This also applies to the East African countries following the integration of the East African community that include Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.
For foreigners, they are required to present passports, a yellow fever certificate as proof of vaccination a valid visa allowing entrance to the country.
CURRENCY WHILE BACKPACKING IN KENYA
The currency used in Kenya is the Kenya Shilling. One can exchange their currencies at the airport or at the borders into the local currencies. The city of Nairobi is also host to a number of Forex bureaus. Several hotel and places offering accommodation also accept foreign currency.
Kenya is located in the tropics hence has topical climate. Nairobi the capital city is hot from December to February while the Coastal City of Mombasa is humid. The Northern Part of the country is hot with temperatures ranging between 30-36 degrees for most part of the year. The Central parts of the country and the rift valley which are the most productive parts of the country have a relatively bearable climate. The months of July to August are the coldest.
SUITABLE CLOTHING AS YOU ARE BACKPACKING IN KENYA
Light clothing for the hot season and hot areas is advisable. For the cold season get warm clothing, however, do not get too heavy. The lowest temperatures are approximately 15 degrees. The coldest season is July to August. Sometime the cold season may begin early which is in mid June. The hot seasons are December to February however due to the change in weather patterns, there may be a few changes in whether behavior. Nonetheless, the meteorological department is always handy to offer information that pertains to the Kenya’s weather.
Most parts of the City are safe. However, it is advisable as a backpacker to take extra care especially when checking into hotels, guest houses or hostels. A lot of premises will offer security manual and precautions to visitors. But event in the event of no manual or instructions, certain precautions should be top of mind to any traveler.
These may include:-
1. Avoid dark lane especially in down town Nairobi
2. Street are clearly marked so utilize the directions for place your may want to visit.
3. When asking for directions, ask from someone your instincts accept. A lot of times instincts will not lie. One is better of safe than sorry.
In summary, backpacking in Kenya will always be an excellent choice for your vacation.