The electrical current is 240 V and the sockets are 3-pin (UK).
Traffic drives on the left. A full British Driving license is valid; otherwise an International Driving Permit is required. For further details, apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in Nairobi.
It is highly recommended as in any country to drink bottled water.
Commercial and chartered flights are available from the major towns in Kenya to the main tourist areas. A number of new airlines have now come up in Kenya for domestic transfers. Train services operate between Nairobi and Mombasa as well as Nairobi to Kisumu. There are also normal buses running through Kenya. Local public transport, know as Matatus, is also available in most routes within and out of town.
Kiswahili is the national language and English is the official language. Most Kenyans are well conversant in both English and Kiswahili. There are over 42 ethnic languages spoken, the most known being Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya, Kamba and Kalenjin. The urban youth have developed sheng which is delivered from a combination of the above languages.
The great majority of restaurants and hotels accept most credits cards. There are also several cash dispensers (ATMs) in Nairobi as well as other major towns and cities. It is recommended you carry cash US$ notes issued from the year 2000 onwards.
The national currency is the Kenya shilling (KSH or /=. The easiest currencies to exchange are Dollars, Pounds sterling and the EURO. Due to frequent fluctuations in exchange rates, the prevailing exchange rate should be obtained from a forex bureau. Banks are open from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday. Some branches open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:00am. Some branches open on Sundays.
The Kenyan postal services have offices spread around the country. There are also International couriers based around Kenya that offer faster delivery of important packages.
Of late technology has grown and there are various forms of communication via telephone there are more than two mobile telephone operators (Safaricom, Airtel, Orange) all provide good internal and external telecommunications service. If you have a GSM mobile phone with a roaming connection, then you are at home with Kenya’s excellent cellular networks, which cover most towns and tourist areas. The International calling code to Kenya is 254 followed by the area code.
10Internet and Email
Most hotels and lodges offer Free Internet access. But be warned that when you are in the bush not all services work. In most towns, the services are available in cyber cafes and private business centers as well as local Post Offices. Internet is also available on most mobile phones at a very cheap rate and social places.
11Emergency Telephone Numbers
999 – Police, ambulance and fire stations.
GMT + 3hours in winter: GMT + 2hours in summer.