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Kenya at a Glance

Extraordinary wildlife often brings safari-bound tourists to Kenya. Gazelles, elephants, lions, tigers, spring-bok, zebras, giraffes and many other creatures  awe visitors as they drink, hunt and graze upon the Sahel. Not to be outdone by their earthbound brethren, Kenya's birds are also alive with activity and variety. In fact, Kenya routinely rates among the top-five bird watching destinations in the world. 

If safari animals were not enough to tempt you, Indian Ocean diving, Marine National Park and warm, sunny beaches pack a strong punch in Kenya. Visitors to Marine National Park can boat past protected islands while straining their necks to catch sight of rare birds and exotic sea-life. They can also dive deep and swim with tropical fish or gaze upon coral. 

Kenya also has its fair share of high mountain trekking if adventure helps you come alive. Hike Mount Kenya or gaze into the Great Rift Valley; good hiking trails and knowledgeable guides can make this really fun and also safe.  

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Popular Places
  • Nairobi Nairobi
  • Masai Mara National Reserve Masai Mara National Reserve
Getting There
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  • Major Airport Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Travelers to Kenya need a valid passport from their country of origin and a visa. Visas can be acquired ahead of time by contacting a Kenyan Consulate's office. Some nationals can apply for a visa in the airport upon arrival in Kenya. All travelers must have proof of yellow fever vaccination in order to be admitted to the country. American citizens can learn about the process by referencing the U.S State Department's website. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Wet season begins in March for most parts of Kenya and April sees heavy rainfall and hoards of mosquitoes.   It is hard to travel at this time. 

Safety Concerns Kenya is frequently under travel warnings sent out by the Canadian, American and British governments. American citizens can check the U.S State Department's website for travel alerts to Kenya and for detailed descriptions of safety and security risks. All travelers should avoid displaying or wearing anything valuable, keep windows rolled up when driving and not resist if their vehicle is overtaken by hijackers. Violence and terrorism is especially pronounced near the Somali boarder and in some areas of Nairobi. 

Health Concerns: Travelers should come prepared with a water filtration system and with an international certification of vaccination. Yellow fever vaccines are required to enter the country. Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to discuss health risks and to set up vaccination appointments. 

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