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Kenya general

General information about Kenya.

Travel time and climate

Kenya's climate is very well tolerated by Europeans. Although Kenya lies in the tropics, the climate of the highlands is one of the most pleasant in the world. Characteristic of the tropics is the almost absolute equinox, which only fluctuates by half an hour during the year. The dawn is only very short. In Kenya, however, one cannot speak of a uniform climate. In terms of weather, the relief and the different altitudes (from 0 to 5,199 m) as well as the different wind directions of the trade winds have a major role.The country can be divided into four climate zones:

Coastal region

  • January to March - hot and humid
  • April, May - rainy season
  • June to October - warm and humid
  • November, December - rainy season

Highlands

Here the climatic conditions are the most pleasant.

  • January to March - dry warm
  • April, May - rainy season
  • June to August - dry cool
  • September, October - dry warm
  • November, December - rainy season

Semi-desert and desert

  • October to April - dry hot to brooding hot (partly over 40 °C)
  • May - low rainfall
  • June to September - dry warm to hot

At Lake Victoria

Warm to hot and humid all year round, rain in all seasons. The enormous water surface of Lake Victoria creates a microclimate due to the large evaporation under the hot equator sun and the rain that falls again.

There are generally two rainy periods in Kenya:

  • the so-called long rainy season - from April to May
  • the so-called Short Rainy Season - from mid-October to November/December

Tourist flows also depend on this: The high season is from 15.12. to 31.3. and from 1.7. to 31.10. The low season is from 1.4. to 30.6. and from 1.11. to 14.12. But also a holiday during the rainy season can be very attractive. The land turns green, the colours become more intense and the cloud formation is fantastic. However, some earth roads will then only be passable with 4WD or not at all.

Using drones in Kenya

Drones in Kenya are prohibited in principle for the time being. Already the import without the appropriate permission can lead to problems at the airport. If you are unable to present the appropriate permits when entering Kenya, you risk confiscating the drone and handing it back when you leave. Depending on the civil servant, it may well be that a fine is imposed. At this point, we would strongly advise against even attempting, by means of a sum of money, to persuade the official to overlook this and confiscate the drone. Furthermore, it is forbidden from Kenyan airports to carry drones in your hand luggage. So the drone has to be checked in with the luggage. However, due to new legal changes, the batteries still have to be stored in hand luggage.

Which permits are required.

On the one hand, you need a permit from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Defense. According to some sources, such authorisations are granted only in individual cases for media or film productions. So it will hardly be possible to film purely privately. If one intends to use the recordings commercially, this should also be made clear in the application and the release should also be given. Otherwise, commercialization is not allowed (this includes making money with Youtube videos and ads).

Your chosen lodges or camps

The prices of the safaris are very much dependent on your chosen lodges / camps. There are lodges / camps that are certainly excellent in her local location, but not necessarily in service. We always try to get the best out of your existing budget.

Your way to the national parks

Your way to the national parks from Diani Beach takes you back to Mombasa by ferry. We leave early in the morning to get as much time as possible in the first park. Under certain circumstances it is possible to have to wait a little longer at this ferry. This is not calculable. The travel times given by us may therefore vary.The Kenyan road network comprises approx. 62,600 km, of which only approx. 15,000 km are asphalted. In spite of its poor condition, the road network is passable all year round. In the main rainy season from April to May, however, the non-asphalted roads are partly only passable with four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles. In Kenya the old English tradition is to drive on the left side of the road. It is overtaken on the right. When turning with the vehicle, the right before left applies. There is a speed limit of 50 km/h in built-up areas, 30 to 40 km/h in national parks and game reserves and 100 km/h on interurban roads (65 km/h with trailer, 80 km/h with motorhome). Seat belts must be fastened. Driving with low beam is also mandatory during the day.

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