Travel Guide To Kenya

Travel Guide To Kenya

Indian Embassy in Kenya

Embassy of India

Jeevan Bharti building

Harambee Av

Nairobi, Kenya

P.O. Box No 30074-00100

Tel: (+254 20) 2222 566 / 2225 104

Email: Consular Enquiries: couns.nairobi@mea.gov.in, Commercial & Trade Enquiries: com.nairobi@mea.gov.in, All other Enquiries: hoc.nairobi@mea.gov.in

Visa Process for Indians

Indian nationals travelling to Kenya require Visa. It is a single entry Visa valid for ninety days, once issued. When the ninety days have passed, the visitors may get their Kenya visa renewed at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi and stay an extra 90 days in the Republic of Kenya.

  • Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival
  • Voter ID issued by Government of India
  • Proof of return ticket
  • Proof of hotel confirmation

About Kenya

 A country in East Africa, the Republic of Kenya borders the Indian Ocean to the southeast. There are over 40 unique ethnic groups in Kenya. Mount Kenya is the second-highest in Africa, and the country takes its name from the mountain. Kenya is known for its wildlife habitat which includes the Masai Mara, an area of animal migration. Africa’s “Big Five” animals found in Kenya are the leopard, rhinoceros, lion, elephant, and buffalo. Some of the most famous archaeological findings were in Kenya.

Top Places to Visit in Kenya

There are numerous places that one can visit in Kenya, and every one of them has a different vibe.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Kenya. Mt. Kilimanjaro attracts many wildlife enthusiasts. This place provides majestic views of Africa’s highest peak. You can witness large herds of native African elephants along with a variety of wildlife including Zebras, Giraffes, Cheetahs and bird species. The National Park is located in Loitokitok District, Rift Valley, Kenya. The timings are from 6 am to 9 pm.

 

Nairobi

The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is a charming place with lots of activities and places within to engage travellers of all kinds. It is the largest city of Kenya and is known for its colonial history, grand infrastructure, tea and coffee industry and wildlife parks. The city will help you peep into the vibrant cultures of the country. It is also known for the magnificent contemporary art. Significant attractions include Nairobi National Park, Bomas of Kenya, Ngong Hills and Hell’s Gate National Park.

Mt. Kenya National Park

Mt. Kenya is the second-highest peak in Kenya situated at an altitude of 5,199 meters. The idea behind the establishment of this National Park was conservation of wildlife of the surroundings of Mt. Kenya. Today, it is one of the top sightseeing places that is known for wildlife safari tours. It is now a full-fledged tourist attraction spot. It is located in Central Kenya and opens for a visit from 9 am to 9 pm.

Mombasa

Mombasa is the largest port city of Kenya. The highlight of this city is that it attracts travellers because of its amalgamated culture. It portrays a blend of various traditions, customs, cuisines and art. The town is famous for its beaches, corals, monuments and street markets. It is located on the Southeast coast of the country. Popular places to visit are Fort Jesus, Diani beach, Nyali beach and Old Town.

How to Reach Kenya

Kenya is surprisingly close to India and has well-connected flights. It takes around 6 hrs. By air to reach Kenya from any major Indian city such as Mumbai. The fastest one can reach through a direct flight from Mumbai to Nairobi.

Best Time to Visit

Kenya is famous for its wildlife enrichment and views. The best time to visit is the dry season from late June to October. Hotter months are preferable as vegetation is sparse. Animals move around near waterholes, which makes them easier to spot.

Things to Pack

When visiting Kenya, there are many things a traveller would need to pack. Apart from the essentials such as clothing, footwear and such, the following items are also a must:

  • Sunscreen
  • Summer clothing (cotton)
  • First-aid kit
  • Travel insurance (medical emergencies can pop up anytime)
  • Universal power adaptor

Top Delicacies

Kenya has many lip-smacking delicacies that you should try while visiting the place:

Ugali

Ugali is the staple food of Kenya made from cornmeal. It is added to boiling water until it turns into a block of cornmeal paste.  Ugali, along with vegetables or saucy stew, is an everyday meal for Kenyans. ,

Irio

Irio is one of the most liked dishes in Kenya. Boiled green peas and potatoes are mashed before whole kernels of maize are added for some extra starch and texture. It is most preferred with roasted nyama choma meat. It originated as a Kikuyu staple.

 

Githeri

It is a simple Kenyan dish which consists of boiled beans, corns and mixed vegetables. It is a filling and highly nutritious meal, well complimented with chapati.

 

Kenyan Pilau

Pilau is rice cooked with flavoursome spices like cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. The rice is aromatic and best served with onions and tomatoes. Biryani is another popular form of spiced rice.

 

Wali wa Nazi

Also known as coconut rice, Wali wa Nazi is famous along the Indian Ocean coast. It is white rice cooked with grated coconut meat. Best enjoyed with fish or chicken curry.

Shopping List Essentials

Kenya is a unique city with different cultures which its souvenirs put out to display. While your trip to Kenya, it is essential to bring back with you memories of the African soil.

Here is a list of some must-buys:

Masaai beads

Necklaces and bracelets are of particular significance to the Masaai people. They are indeed pieces of artwork and symbolise beauty, power and love. They are handmade and can also be displayed at your homes.

 

Kitengla Glass

Kitengla is the name of an artist’s community in Nairobi. It is a local community of disabled artists who produce a variety of glass objects on-site such as decorative animals jugs, vases and stained glass windows. It is located opposite the National Nairobi Park. It is open seven days a week and is a destination in itself.

 

Hand- Carved Wooden sculptures

The three types of woods generally used for carving are-mango trees, Neem trees and ebony. They are usually in the form of animals or human figures. Because of their price and quality, Makonke carvings are only sold at beautiful galleries and shops in the city.

Top Restaurants in Kenya

Sikia Fine Dining Restaurant

Location: Kenya Road, Upperhill, Crown Plaza, Nairobi

Contact: +254 202 746061

Kulan Cafe

Location: Major Jackson Muriithi Street, Nairobi

Contact: +254 705 850897

The Lord Errol

Location: 89 Ruaka Road, Runda Estate, Nairobi

Contact: +254 721 920820

Healthcare Centers

While travelling in Kenya, it is beneficial to be aware of some of the significant healthcare centres to get medical health quickly in the event of an emergency.

Some hospitals you can contact in need:

The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret

Location: Uasin Gishu Country, Eldoret-Western Kenya, 320 km from Nairobi

Contact: +2545333471

 

The Kenyatta National Hospital

Location: Nairobi capital

Contact: (0)202726450

Currency

The official currency of Kenya is Kenyan Shilling.

Basis of Local Communication

The official language of Kenya is Swahili, which is spoken by more than 70% of the population. About 16% of people have some competence in the English language.

English

Swahili

Good Morning

 

Habari za asubuhi

My Name is…

Ninaitwa.. 

Where is…?

iko wapi…?

Yes

ndio

No

hapana

Please

tafadhali

Sorry

samahani

How Much is This for?

hii ni pesa ngapi?

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