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Kenya general

General information about Kenya.

Dimensions and weights

In Kenya, the metric system has replaced the English measures and weights. But there are still the old data:

  • 1 Mile =1.609 km
  • 1 Foot = 30.44 cm

Driving a car yourself

Violations of speed limits and alcohol abuse are subject to heavy fines. When renting a motor vehicle, the international driving licence and a credit card must be presented. You may have to prove that you have another document than your driving licence (passport, identity card). The renter of a rental car must be between 23 and 70 years old and have held a driving licence for at least two years.

Hazards
The condition of the roads is not always optimal. Numerous potholes must be avoided with the vehicle. Often several potholes follow each other, or are unexpectedly deep. Slalom traffic is often preferred to official left-hand traffic. Animals suddenly cross the road. Fundamental changes in road conditions due to storms (rain). Another risk of accident is the often poor condition of the vehicles. Defects in brakes, indicators and brake lights, punctures, broken axles and chassis due to overload or rust can have devastating consequences. Defective, broken down and insufficiently secured vehicles are also a danger. If you want to drive yourself, you should contact the local automobile club and your embassy in Nairobi in advance for information about the condition of the roads and the safety situation.

Behaviour towards police officers
You should apologize to the police if you behave in violation of traffic regulations. If it is required that you pay, it is advisable not to resist or show dogmatism.

Night rides
Avoid these if possible. Poorly or not at all lit cars, carts, motorcyclists and cyclists, people, animals on the road and poorly lit road sections are difficult to spot in the dark. Special care is required.

Road conditions
Check the condition of the runway beforehand, especially during and after the rainy season, with the locals or with the "Automobil Association of Kenya" on the Internet at www.aakenya.co.ke ("Major Road Condition"), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel. 020-6979000, 0709933000, 0733620966.Emergency number: 020-6979999, 0709933999, Mobile: 0720227267, 0720261576, 0734611049.

Refueling
The fuel supply with premium petrol, regular petrol and diesel can be described as good in Kenya. There are hardly any bottlenecks. Kenya is the only country in East Africa that has its own oil refinery.The filling station network is dense in the more densely populated areas of Kenya. Even some of the lodges in the national parks have their own tank facilities. Only in the very sparsely populated north are the petrol stations often 500 km and more apart. It is absolutely necessary to carry your own stock of petrol or diesel fuel in reserve canisters! In the deserts of northern Kenya you should take advantage of every opportunity to refuel.

Parking a vehicle
If possible, you should place it in garages, fences or courtyards of hotels and lodges. In case of guarding on parking lots, it is appropriate to pay a tip after guarding.

Electricity

In general you will find connections with 220-240 Volt (50-60 Hz) alternating current. This voltage is appropriate for Central European electrical appliances such as hair dryers, shavers and for charging batteries for video cameras and flashlights, etc. In some hotels and lodges, however, there are also connections for 110 volt shavers. To use the sockets, you need a 2- or 3-hole plug adapter, which you can buy in supermarkets in Nairobi or Mombasa. It is also possible to take a world adapter with you in your luggage from home. Please keep in mind that in many camps and lodges generators only provide electricity on an hourly basis.

Entering Kenya

European citizens need a visa for Kenya. The fees are US$ 50 for a Single Entry Visa and US$ 100 for a Multiple Entry Visa. Visas are now issued online via http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.htmlhttp://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html . As the approval and issuance of the eVisa can take about minimum 7 days, travellers should therefore apply for their visa early. You will not receive an automatic notification when your eVisa has been created. You should therefore log back in regularly to check this and then print out your eVisa.

Please note that visas are only valid for 90 days until entry. Therefore do not apply too early and not too late.

You will get the visa for easy entry:

  • Online (eVisa) only on the website: www.evisa.go.kewww.evisa.go.ke
  • At the embassy
  • On entry (Visa on Arrival) at the airport in Kenya or at the official borders.

More information are avalable here: http://kenyahighcom.org.uk/http://kenyahighcom.org.uk/

To enter the country, you will need a printout of your eVisa and a passport valid for at least six months after the end of the trip. Each child needs its own identity document. For nationals of other nationalities, different passport and visa requirements may apply. Please enquire at the respective embassy. For travellers who also travel to Kenya, Uganda and/or Rwanda, it is also possible to apply for the common East Africa visa of these three countries. It entitles to multiple entry to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda within 90 days. The cost for this is US$ 90. Without a work permit no visitor is allowed to work or settle in Kenya. This requires the approval of the Principal Immigration Office. For East Africa, a Flying Doctor insurance policy, which includes a rescue flight to the hospital in the event of a medical emergency, is strongly recommended. Please check whether this insurance is included in your international health insurance. The Flying Doctor service costs between 25 and 50 US$, depending on the duration and the area, and can be included in the booking if desired. A valid vaccination against yellow fever is required for all travellers older than 1 year of age entering from a yellow fever area. For entries from Europe, this is not required, but recommended. The above information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the information provided by your Federal Foreign Office for changes as a matter of urgency. Please contact the relevant embassies prior to booking or departure.

Flights

One lands at the airport Jomo Kenyatta International in Nairobi, 15 km away from the capital. Airport buses or taxis take you to the metropolis of Kenya or to Wilson National Airport, from where most domestic flights depart. Have your flight reconfirmed in order to be informed of changes in departure times in good time. Pretty much all known airlines fly to Nairobi and Mombasa.

Domestic flights
From Diani Beach ( Ukunda Airport ) you can fly to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. The flights go daily and almost every hour until about 16:00 clock. From the national Wilson Airport in Nairobi to the International Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi it is about 18km.

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Diani Beach, Kenya

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Wind: 20 km/h

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  • 21 Apr 2019

    Thunderstorms 31°C 25°C

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