Kite Africa Safaris

20 valuable tips to ensure you have a memorable and smooth journey.

1. Research and Choose the Right Time to Visit:
Research Kenya’s climate and seasons. The best time to visit is during the dry season (July-October and January-February) for optimal wildlife viewing.

2. Obtain Necessary Travel Documents:
Check passport validity and visa requirements for your nationality. Apply for a visa well in advance if necessary.

3. Vaccinations and Health Precautions:
Consult your doctor for required vaccinations, such as yellow fever, malaria prophylaxis, and other travel-related health precautions.

4. Pack Appropriate Clothing:
Pack lightweight and breathable clothing for warm days, along with warmer layers for chilly nights and early morning game drives.

5. Wildlife Viewing Etiquette:
Respect wildlife and follow the guidance of your guides. Keep a safe distance and avoid sudden movements that could disturb animals.

6. Choose Accommodations Wisely:
Kenya offers a range of accommodations from luxury lodges to budget-friendly options. Research and book accommodations based on your preferences and budget.

7. Plan Your Safari:
Choose the national parks and game reserves you’d like to visit. Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo are some popular choices.

8. Currency and Payment:
The local currency is Kenyan Shilling (KES). Carry some cash for small expenses, but credit/debit cards are widely accepted in major cities.

9. Language and Communication:
English and Swahili are the official languages. Learning a few basic Swahili phrases can enhance your experience.

10. Local Customs and Etiquette:
Research and respect local customs, traditions, and etiquette. Dress modestly in towns and villages.

11. Stay Hydrated:
Drink bottled or purified water to stay hydrated, especially in hot climates.

12. Plan for Connectivity:
Purchase a local SIM card or an international roaming plan to stay connected. Mobile coverage is generally good in urban areas.

13. Respect Cultural and Wildlife Photography:
Ask for permission before photographing locals and respect their wishes. In national parks, don’t use flash photography as it can disturb animals.

14. Travel Insurance:
Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost belongings.

15. Safety Precautions:
Be cautious of your belongings in crowded areas and avoid displaying valuable items. Check local travel advisories before your trip.

16. Taste Local Cuisine:
Try Kenyan dishes like nyama choma (grilled meat), ugali (staple starch), and sukuma wiki (greens). Sample exotic fruits too!

17. Bargaining in Markets:
Bargaining is common in local markets. Polite negotiation can lead to great deals, but remember to respect local traders.

18. Plan for Altitude Changes:
If visiting high-altitude areas like Nairobi or Mount Kenya, allow time to acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.

19. Environmental Responsibility:
Practice responsible tourism by leaving no trace, conserving water, and respecting wildlife and ecosystems.

20. Embrace the Experience:
Immerse yourself in Kenya’s rich culture, interact with locals, and savor every moment of your safari and exploration.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to planning an incredible trip to Kenya. Enjoy your adventure!