Kenya has been rated as one of the best holiday destinations in the world, flocked by tourists in each month of the year, thanks to its beautiful sceneries and abundant wildlife in its reserves. If visiting Kenya as a foreign tourist or promoting tourism as a local tourist is in your bucket list, you might want to make that happen as soon as possible. Bearing in mind the climatic conditions in Kenya, changing in different months, you need to prepare right for your travel. In the months of little rains and lots of humidity, the beach will be perfect, while in the cold months, packing warm clothes will be a good idea when going for wildlife Safari. For a good time in the sandy beaches of Diani, or the beautiful sunset at Maasai Mara around a campfire you have to set your rucksack or backpack in order. Here are some of the essentials you need to pack for your adventure.
1. Valid Documents
The Kenyan law requires that each person, getting into the country must present a Valid Visa and a Valid Passport. It is very prudent to obtain your Visa in advance through the online application or the embassy or high commission to save your self-time at the airport. A Visa endorses the holder to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. A passport, certifies the holder’s identity and citizenship, entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.
2. Travel Tickets.
The how much and how long before you set to get to the feet of Mount Kenya, have to be planned for. You need to decide of you the means of transport to the designated location; on air, by bus, or using the Standard Gauge Railway if you travelling to Mombasa. Under such circumstances, the tours and travel companies in Kenya come in handy. They will take it upon themselves to ensure a smooth transition from the airport to your set location, without much hustle. Most of them will handle the bookings, accommodations, and travel, and provide you with a travel guide to the place, at affordable rates.
Truth be told, travelling in Kenya, can be a little expensive. For that reason, you need a budget on how much you will be spending during your stay. On a low budget, you might spend at least KES 10,000 a day. For midrange to high budgets, $100-$250 a day is the norm. It will be much more convenient to stash away some coins and notes that will be useful in the process of travelling. All too often the Kenyan shilling is used as currency although, on safari, many national parks will also take USD. It’s also easy to convert your dollars into Kenyan currency.
The only way to make your trip worthwhile is if you carry accessories with you. You don’t want to spend extra money buying them when you can freely bring them along with you. You must include, a camera, a pair of binoculars, a flashlight, a memory card, headphones, power banks, your phone, and the charger. Electronics relevant to your travel will be very useful. Remember to pack what is necessary and very essential.
Depending on the time of the month, choose clothes with neutral colours that are light and comfortable. Kenyans love it casual, easy-going style. Women can wear shorts and a teeshirt or summer dresses while men can rock with flip-flops, shorts, and a teeshirt. You are highly encouraged to be decent as Kenya is a reserved country with strong cultural beliefs. For footwear, trainers, a pair of footwear and a pair of comfortable sandals are all you need. On beaches pack board shorts bikinis, a sarong beach towel plenty of sunscreens and a hat. If going on Safari, dress in layers because it can be quite cool in the morning. Pants which can convert into shorts are very useful.