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Kenya general

General information about Kenya.


Liability insurance:
There is no compulsory liability insurance in Kenya. Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended that you take out liability and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your stay.

Travel cancellation insurance:
The conclusion of a travel cancellation insurance is recommended in case you fall ill.

Luggage insurance:
Baggage insurance covers the cost of loss or theft of your baggage or parts of your baggage. However, whether valuables or expensive film or photographic equipment, for example, are also insured must be examined in detail.

Travel health insurance:
It is strongly recommended that you check with your statutory health insurance company to see whether your insurance also covers your overseas stay. If this is not the case, you would have to take out an additional private health insurance for travel abroad. In any case, official receipts for doctor's and medication bills must be kept.

Travel price security note:
It is a guarantee that you will be returned from your destination country to your home country if your travel company has gone bankrupt in the meantime.

Flight return insurance:
For serious cases of illness or accidents in Kenya, a flight return insurance policy must be taken out.


The official and commercial languages are English and Kiswahili, the latter the "Lingua franca" in East Africa, a phonetic language composed of elements of various Bantu dialects and strongly influenced by Arabic. In addition, 50 other different languages and dialects are spoken in Kenya. It is a great advantage for you, especially as an individual traveller, if you know some words and phrases in Kiswahili. You can gain a lot of sympathy from the locals if it is recognised that you are trying your hand at an African language. Besides, you will always meet people who don't understand English. Kisuaheli is very widespread in the entire East African region. After all, there are about 50 million people spoken of.


The national currency is Kenya Shilling (KSh). In Kenya, the decimal system also applies to the currency subdivision. 1 KSh has 100 Cents. There are banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 KSh. Coins worth 5, 10 (copper) as well as 50 cents, 1 and 5 KSh (silver). 20 KSh are also referred to as "Kenya pounds".The exchange rates are subject to strong fluctuations due to the high inflation rate, therefore it is advisable to ask your bank for the current exchange rate before starting your journey. Banknotes and coins in the national currency may be carried on entry and exit up to an equivalent value of US$ 6,000. When leaving the country, the remaining national currency can be exchanged back. Foreign currencies may only be exchanged by banks, hotels, lodges, travel agencies and some souvenir shops. Foreign exchange can be introduced in unlimited amounts. You should keep receipt forms for the exchange of money so that you can present them in case of any checks. Be warned of the risk of illegal currency exchange. It is forbidden under penalty. So hands off the black exchange, no matter how tempting the offer may sound!Traveler's cheques are hardly accepted any more and can only be exchanged with banks at great expense in terms of time.

Credit cards:
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout the country (in the major cities), American Express and Diners Club are rare.
If you are making longer trips inland, make sure you have enough cash.

Opening hours

Banks are usually open Mo-Fr 9-15 h, the airport banks open daily until 24 h. Post offices have the following opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-17, Sat 8-13. Shops are usually open Monday - Saturday between 8 am and 5.30 pm with a variable lunch break. Grocery stores are often open longer in the evening. Indian "Dukas", small shops, partly open until late in the evening hours.

National Parks and Reserves, daily 6-19 o'clock, admission until 18 o'clock at the latest.

Opening hours of the national parks

There are fixed closing times that we have to adhere to. Desired night trips are only possible in territories that are not subject to state supervision. National Parks and Reserves, daily 6-19 o'clock, admission until 18 o'clock at the latest.

National Parks and National Reserves

National parks are full protected areas. They should be reserved primarily for the animal. Visits by tourists are permitted. National reservations must not be hunted. Human use, such as grazing livestock, felling and collecting wood, agriculture, building houses and mining mineral resources, is tolerated.





Diani Beach, Kenya


Humidity: 80%

Wind: 20 km/h

  • 20 Apr 2019

    Thunderstorms 30°C 25°C

  • 21 Apr 2019

    Thunderstorms 31°C 25°C

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