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Kenya

Facts about the country

Capital Nairobi

Population

22.8 Million

Main Languages

English + Swahili +  Indigenous languages

Electricity

2 Plug System 240 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Kenya Shilling

Exchange Rate for US $ as of June 2001

73 KSh per 1 US$ 

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

583000 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, boat (ferry)

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes in Nairobi
Credit Card Usage Yes in Major Cities
Religion Christian + Muslim + Animist Religions
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
20 $ 3 $ 3 $ 5$ 9$

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Nairobi Y High crime city, a little scary if you just arrived in Africa.  This is the place to arrange your Safaris and other tours.  5
Mt. Kenya Y

One can climb Mt. Kenya with a tour or on your own. The mountain is beautiful and only really gets tough on the last day when one shoots for he summit.  For most climbers the Pt. Lenana is the only peak that is reachable.  It is 4985 meters high.  The other two peaks are only climbable by experienced rock climbers.  We took the Sirimon Route up the mountain and the more scenic Chogoria Route down. 

9
Mombasa N
Marsabit National Park & Reserve N
Lamu N
Masai Mara National Reserve N
Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site
Kakamega Forest Reserve
Amboseli National Park
Aberdare National Park

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

x

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

x
Boat tours x
Fishing x
Horseback riding
Canoeing x
Camping
River Rafting x
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing x
Kayaking
Sailing
Mountain biking
Rollerblading  
Motorbike  
Sand boarding
Snorkeling x
Water Skiing
Others 

Feeling and Opinions on Kenya 

Our trip to Kenya basically was just climbing up Mt. Kenya.  Mt. Kenya is a beautiful mountain that we really enjoyed climbing.  We also had a good guide and helpful porters who made our trip enjoyable. We did not do a Safari because we decided to do our Safari in Namibia and Zambia.  Otherwise most people to whom we have talked to had really enjoyed their game viewing.  Nairobi is a crime haven, where people are always trying to rip you off or get your money somehow. If you play it smart, you probably will not have any problems.  We came down through Ethiopia to Kenya.  From Moyale to Isiolo the only transportation, except for flying, is a truck convoy that takes two days through some really remote parts of Kenya.  We were lucky to get on top of a cattle truck.   

 

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