Local Time

Kenya is 3 hours ahead of GMT

Electrical Power

Electric Power is 240V running at 50Hz. The plus are 3 pin, rectangular blades (as used in the UK)

Visas and Immigration

All visitors to Kenya (except East African Citizens) require a visa, irrespective of nationality. Visa requirements often change. We advise you to check with your local Kenyan Embassy or Consulate for the latest visa requirements.

All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages for entry stamps upon arrival.

Citizens of the following countries must have a current visa prior to arriving in Kenya: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syrian, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Niger, Yemen, Pakistan, North Korea, Georgia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Senegal. 




Kenya has paved roads connecting all major towns. Roads are generally in good condition, although some stretches have deteriorated and are less safe. Your national driving license is accepted (please provide an English translation if necessary). Driving is on the left side of the road. Please be aware of heavy trucks, and locals driving at high speeds! The dirt roads in the north and north-east of the country are only navigable in a 4-wheel drive during the rainy seasons.

Trains and Buses

Train services operate between Mombasa and Nairobi cutting through the heart of Kenya's main economic centers. Rail services are safe and reliable. You should book tickets at least 3 days in advance, and confirm schedules beforehand.
Kenya also has a good network of buses, but as road and driving conditions are not always safe, rail travel should be your preferred means of transport.


Major international airlines service the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi (NBO) and the Moi International Airport in Mombasa (MBA). Kenya Airways operates an extensive network of flights including scheduled services to Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu Island, Kisumu (on the shores of Lake Victoria) and Lockichogio and Eldoret. A number of private airline companies operate light aircraft to small landing strips in the game parks, including Masai Mara, Samburu and Amboseli.

A departure tax of US$20 is payable when you leave. Local flights incur a departure tax of Ksh100.


Approximate travel times from Niarobi:


   Plane  Car  Train
 45 min  6 hours  14 hours
  Lamu  1 hour  13 hours  -
  Malindi  45 min  8 hours  
  Nakuru  30 min  3 hours  5 hours
  Masai Mara  30 min  5 hours  
  Amboseli  30 min  3 hours  






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