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Small towns spread across Kenya in population anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000, however, over 70 percent of Kenyans live in the capital city of Nairobi and the port city of Mombassa located by the Indian Ocean.

Kenya does not have distinct seasonal changes, but there are subtle changes at different times of the year. December through March are the warmest months. April and May have heavy rainfalls and June through August are the coolest months. September through November have warm days and cool nights. Generally, coastal areas of Kenya tend to be hotter and more humid than the inland areas. I was surprised how cold it got at night.

Although Swahili is the official language, all signs are in English and English is widely spoken.

Anti-Malaria medication is strongly recommended and travelers flying from a country where yellow fever is endemic such as Tanzania yellow fever vaccinations are required.

Kenya operates on the metric system. Driving is on the left side of the street.

Most tour packages include air and lodging. Keep in mind that most 5-star resorts in Kenya are not the same as 5-star resorts in other parts of the world.

Many airlines fly to Kenya from major cities throughout the world. Routes from Canada and the United States connect through major cities like London or Paris.

Passports and visas are required: Get your visa before you leave home from a local travel agent or the Kenya Consulate in your country by mail. There is a fee.

Currency: Floating currency. Kenya Shillings. Approximate 50 Kenya Shillings = US$1. Most resorts accept major credit cards. ATM machines are in banks in cities, however, they don't work most of the time. The airport in Nairobi has a working ATM machine and currency exchange booths. Outside the cities, in the rural areas, credit cards are rarely used. The most convenient way to shop in the local craft shops is with country's cash.


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