Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is home to stunning landscape views, brilliant beaches, and thousands of different species of wildlife and birds. Incredible scenery, awesome activities and friendly people make this country an exceptionally awesome place to visit. However, although Kenya is a relatively safe African destination compared to others on this continent, it’s still important to make sure that you are fully prepared before you set off on your Kenyan adventure. Here are some of the top things to consider before embarking on an unforgettable journey to Kenya.
#1. Health Risks:
Before heading off to Kenya, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor and speak to them about the various health risks of visiting this country. Although many parts of Kenya today are quite medically advanced, it’s still important to bear in mind that there may be risks of disease here that you would not encounter back home, for example, mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria. Speak to your doctor about which vaccinations or medications will be required to immunise or protect you against common diseases before you travel. Some other diseases to be aware of when visiting Kenya include yellow fever, cholera, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and typhoid.
#2. Personal Safety:
Although Kenya is home to incredibly friendly and welcoming people, it’s important to note that there is considerable poverty in many areas of this country, therefore as a tourist, you may be more susceptible to opportunistic petty crime such as pickpocketing. It’s important to try and draw attention away from yourself as much as possible; dress conservatively and wear a money belt under your clothing for valuables when travelling through a city. It’s a good idea to keep expensive valuables such as cameras, smartphones or jewellery hidden when travelling through towns and cities.
When booking tours such as a Kenya safari tour, it’s a good idea to research the tour company beforehand to ensure that they are authentic and reputable. However, these should just be sensible precautionary measures and in no way mean that Kenya is a dangerous place to visit, as it’s relatively safe. One reputable Kenya safari tour company is African Sermon Safaris who are a member of KATO (Kenya Association of Tour Operators) and have more than 12 years of experience.
Last but not least, bear in mind that you will need to apply for and be accepted for a visa when travelling to Kenya. These tend to cost around £30, and you will have the choice of either purchasing one upon your arrival, or applying beforehand to the Kenyan High Commission. In most cases, acquiring a visa is not something to be worried about; it’s relatively easy to get one when you arrive. However, bear in mind that you will need to pay for your visa upon arrival with U.S. dollars, so make sure that you have some on you.
#4. Food and Drink:
Lastly, whilst you’re sure to have a lot of fun sampling the local cuisines and traditional dishes in Kenya, it’s a good idea to be cautious when trying new foods to avoid food poisoning and illness. In general, it’s best to be cautious of ‘street foods’; whilst they are very delicious these are the biggest culprit of food poisoning in Kenya so it’s important to ensure that any food you buy is being cooked at very hot temperatures and is freshly cooked when you buy it.
Enjoy your Kenyan adventure!