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Destination Information for Kenya
Each year, the thousands of migrating zebras and gazelles are one of the main reasons Kenya attracts so many tourists. You can enjoy a hot air balloon ride or a drive across the plains and the beautiful Masai Mara National Reserve to watch these animals wander. Not only can you enjoy the reserve and animals, but you can explore the Maasai Villages; learning about the culture of the Maasai people, too! This magnificent African country also hosts fantastic game reserves and museums to enjoy, including Mombassa, which is full of history, as well as still being an active, thriving port town. Wherever you choose to visit, you can be sure to have a fun-filled trip to Kenya.
Whilst a beautiful, popular travel destination, there is a risk of yellow fever transmission in parts of Kenya with certificate requirements.
All visitors to Kenya need to be vaccine protected from hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio so make sure you are prepared before you start your journey. Depending on which areas you plan to visit and the activities you intend to do, additional vaccines may be required. Kenya is high-risk for Rabies, hepatitis B. Meningitis and in parts of the country Cholera. Book a consultation at a travel clinic 6-8 weeks before you set off to get the best vaccine and non-vaccine advice.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Additional Health Risks Information for Kenya
Kenya is a popular tourist destination due to the stunning safari locations and wildlife opportunities. Tourists are advised to avoid all travel to areas close to the border with Somalia. However, national parks and reserves set within these regions are not part of the restrictions – it’s always best to check travel advice for your proposed destination before visiting.
If you’re planning a trip to Kenya whether for business or pleasure, try to travel as part of an organised group or tour. Your guide will be aware of current security concerns and best practice to ensure your safety.
Some parts of Kenya are high risk for malaria and Yellow fever. Due to this, it is advisable to visit a travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.
Cholera is another risk to be aware of in Kenya – drink only bottled water and be meticulous about food preparation and hygiene. Take sensible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos as Dengue fever is present, wear clothing to cover your arms and legs, use 50% DEET insect repellent and nets, especially if you are sleeping in tents or huts.
As Kenya is a predominantly Muslim country, if you are travelling away from main tourist areas, remember to respect the religion and dress conservatively. Most cities in Kenya have a reputation for high crime levels, so avoid walking alone at night, and be vigilant about your security at all times. It’s also a good idea to Carry ID with you at all times.
Kenya's Top 5 Sights
Considered one of the world’s greatest game reserves. Its name is taken from Massai peoples,
and their description of how the region is seen from afar, “Mara”, which means “spotted”.
The Maasai reside in the park and have for many centuries grazed their animals.
All of the “Big Five” are found in the Massai Mara (Black rhinoceros, lions, elephants, cape buffalo and African elephants). The numbers of Black Rhino has significantly depleted since the 1960s.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Famed for its enormous flocks of pink flamingos. It’s has a rich array of wildlife including lions, pythons, rhinos and waterbucks.
This is the highest mountain in kenya at 5200 metres. The majestic snow-capped mountain is the second highest in Africa and perfect for fit trekkers.
Lamu Island has managed to remain untouched by Kenya’s mass tourism. There are no roads on the island and very few cars as a result. Lamu Town is the oldest living town in Kenya and full charm and character.
Nairobi National Park
The National Park lies within close proximity to the metropolis of Nairobi. It has a diverse range of wildlife to view against the back drop of the skyscrapers and landing airplanes. Home to the world’s densest population of black rhino.
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