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General information about Kenya.
In encounters with wild animals, the highest commandment must be not to disturb them. It is absolutely not allowed to force an animal into a photogenic pose by throwing a stone, clapping or shouting. It is only justifiable to approach an animal as close as it does not show any concern. As soon as an animal shows other reactions than simply looking at the car, it must be stopped immediately. Special care should be taken with fortified and unpredictable large animals such as buffalos, hippos, elephants and rhinos and with very shy animals such as leopards and cheetahs. Observe better from a distance, how the situation develops between potential prey and the predator cat, without influencing the natural events, otherwise it can come fast to an accident.
The best-known banks are the National Bank of Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Bank. In Nairobi, Mombasa and most provincial capitals the banks as well as the larger hotels and lodges have exchange offices.Opening hours are usually Mo-Fr 9-14.30 o'clock and with some banks also at the first and last Sa 9-11 o'clock. The banks at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi are open around the clock.
In principle, all wild animals must be given priority on the trails. We therefore wait at a respectful, safe distance until they have crossed or cleared the path individually or in groups.The speed limit of 40 km/h is observed for your own safety and that of the wild animals. It also increases your chances of seeing shy and cautious wildlife such as leopards, desert lynx or serval. Please do not encourage your driver to get too close to dangerous animals. We stay on the prescribed paths and tracks, otherwise we will unnecessarily destroy the vegetation of the protected areas and drive the wild animals out of their resting areas. There is also a danger that we will get stuck in deep sand or mud. Avoid loud noises. They reduce your chances and those of other visitors to the protected areas to make good observations. Do not try to frighten the animals in their rest by shouting loudly or clapping their hands so that they raise their heads or change places for the purpose of good photography. Do not photograph Maasai if you do not receive permission to do so. Collecting stones, fossils, horns, shells, corals, plants, flowers, nests and any other natural, prehistoric or archaeological objects is prohibited. Do not throw waste and burning cigarettes into the protected nature. Even the shard of a broken bottle or glass can trigger a bush fire due to its burning glass effect. For your own safety, leaving your vehicle is only recommended at the designated "campsites" or "picnic sites", as wild animals usually react indifferently to vehicles, but can react aggressively to human beings on foot.
Predefined paths and speed in the national parks
In contrast to safaris in the Masai Mara or the Serengeti nature reserve with the richest animal population, the trips in national parks take place on fixed paths, which must not be left. This serves to protect the animals. The maximum speed there is 40km / h. We are in constant radio contact and also by SMS with others to get as fast as possible to places which could be interesting for you.
The different territories
A distinction is made between different territories:
National parks have the strictest animal welfare regulations. Agriculture or livestock farming within the area is not permitted. Visitors may only drive on marked paths. Night cruises or walks on foot are not permitted or are subject to strict conditions imposed by the authorities. Lodges or campsites in national parks are fenced and cordoned off.
National or nature reserves are protected areas that may also be used in part by the local population. Some of the areas are private property and are therefore no longer subject to state supervision. Night drives and walks with a guide are possible.
Conservancies are often privately managed reserves, often belonging to a farm or lodge. Many border on the national parks, which are often not fenced. The animals can move freely between the different areas.The national parks and protected areas are one of the main reasons why visitors come to Kenya, along with bathing tourism. With the entrance fees, they ensure the preservation of the protected zones and offer the local population job opportunities. In addition, they are an effective protection against poaching.
Items for personal use can be carried duty-free. This includes (subject to re-export): a camera, a laptop, binoculars, a tent and other camping and sports equipment. Valuable objects should be declared in writing.
Re-entry into the EU200 cigarettes, 1 litre spirits with more than 22% by volume, 500 g coffee, other goods up to a value of approx. 400 €.
Re-entry into Switzerland, 200 cigarettes, up to 1 litre alcohol above 15 % by volume. In addition, goods whose total value does not exceed CHF 100 may be carried.
There is an import ban on dangerous toys, such as toy pistols, etc., fur and ivory.There is an export ban on gold and diamonds. An export permit is required for hunting trophies and hides. For most European countries, the "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora" applies, i.e. in many cases an import permit is required.