Travel Information for Mombasa, Kenya
A passport (valid 6 months beyond intended stay) and a visa is required for holders of European Union passports. This may be obtained from the Kenya High Commission in London or on arrival at Nairobi airport at a cost of USD 50 payable in cash. You must have tickets and/or documents for return or onward travel.
Visitors must be in possession of a valid visa (if applicable to your nationality) together with relevant health documentation, upon arrival to both Kenya and Tanzania. Different regulations do apply according to nationality and country of origin. It is recommended that all visitors check with their nearest tourist office or diplomatic mission before any travel details are made. Medical centres in your country of origin will provide the necessary professional medical advice on all relevant health requirements.
Both Kenya and Tanzania enjoy a healthy, invigorating climate and visitors need feel no concern for their general health during the course of their stay. By far the biggest risk is Malaria, which is endemic in certain areas. Anti-Malarial medication should be taken according to the advice of your local medical practitioner. Visitors requiring special medication should pack sufficient supplies in their hand luggage. Chemists and pharmacies are generally well stocked, however the names of some generic medication can differ. Consult your medical practitioner for advice on alternative medication to take, as some medication is not readily available. Mineral water is available in most camps, lodges and hotels, throughout Kenya and Tanzania. (In many, purified or filtered drinking water is provided free).
Yellow Fever / Other vaccinations / Malaria: It is now generally accepted that the Cholera vaccination is ineffective. Vaccination against Yellow Fever is recommended, check with your Embassy and/or local health office for more details. Anti-malarial prophylactics should be taken in accordance with medical advice, especially if you visit the Coast. Good medical facilities are available in the major cities. Comprehensive Travel Insurance is essential, this can be reinforced by membership of Flying Doctors or similar Medical Evacuation organisations which can be arranged through us at a reasonable rate.
We will endeavour, wherever possible to meet any special needs that our clients may have. In the case of special dietary requirements, most hotels, camps and lodges within the region are prepared (given sufficient notice) to cater for these. For persons who are disabled in any way, we will do our utmost to cater for whatever needs may apply. We do require advance notice of any requirements, so please ensure that we are made aware at the time of making a booking.
Commonsense precautions should be taken in urban areas. Elsewhere security is good and incidents rare. Valuables should be kept in hotel/lodge safety deposit.
Visitors to the region should take the same care as they would normally take, whilst visiting any destination worldwide. By keeping vigilant, visitors can reduce the risk of anything untoward happening.
Tropical - Mombasa Annual Weather Averages
March is the hottest month in Mombasa with an average temperature of 28 degrees C (82 degrees F) and the coldest is June at 24 degrees C (74 degrees F), with the most daily sunshine hours being 9 in December. The wettest month is May with an average of 260 mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in March, when the average sea temperature is 30 degrees C (86 degrees F).
The local currency is the shilling ( Ksh/-) and is freely exchangeable within this country and neighbouring countries but not elsewhere. Make sure that you use or exchange any local currency before departure. Most major establishments accept the main Credit Cards, but may charge a premium. Cash dispensers (ATMs) and Forex Bureaux are infrequent outside of the main centres, make sure that you have sufficient local currency before leaving on Safari. Most major credit cards are accepted, however, charges are high compared to Europe.
Currency control regulations prohibit the export of local currency. There is no restriction however, to the amount of foreign currency a visitor may import. Only authorised foreign exchange bureaus and banks are permitted to exchange foreign money. Kenya and Tanzania currencies are interchangeable.
Food in Kenya is of a superb quality and includes fantastic game meat, seafood, tropical fruits, freshwater and river fish and other local delicacies. Restaurants are in abundance and the standard of service is excellent. Oriental food is also widely available. Kenya produces its own tea, coffee and an excellent beer.
230/240 volts 50Hz. Sockets are usually 3 pin square (British type). It is advisable to check that any appliances (e.g. video battery charger) operating on other voltages have a built-in adaptor or bring one with you.
Local Time: GMT plus three hours.
Social Behaviour: Kenya was a British colony and for this reason the influence is still strongly felt and Western habits prevail. The English language is widely spoken. Photographing people in Kenya is a sensitive issue; many people, including the Masai make a living from it, and should be asked permission. Do not photograph Muslim women. Tipping is normally voluntary and a service charge is either included in your rate or it will be added to your rate at the end of your stay. Possession and trafficking of drugs is a serious crime in Kenya and jail sentences for these Activities & Facilities can be expected.
Clothing:Informal lightweight clothing is recommended. Mornings and evenings can be considerably cooler so include a cardigan or lightweight jacket but don't forget that all-important hat for protection against the equatorial sun. Dress is normally informal on most occasions. On the coast ladies are expected to dress modestly in public places. Nude or topless bathing does not have the approval of the Kenyans or the Government.
Ivory & Skins:Hunting is banned in Kenya. The government continue to do their utmost to protect wildlife, therefore it is considered a very serious offense to buy and attempt to export ivory, animal skins or stuffed animals.