Kenya Travel Information
Animals & Birds
The plains are full of wildebeest, zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle. Also regularly seen are leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackal and bat-eared foxes. The black rhino is a little shy and hard to spot but is often seen at a distance.
Hippos are abundant in the Mara River as are very large Nile crocodiles, who lay in wait for a meal as the wildebeest cross on their annual quest to find new pastures. Every July (or sometimes August), the wildebeest travel over 600 miles (960km) from Tanzania's Serengeti plains, northwards to the Masai Mara and the Mara River is the final obstacle. In October or November, once they have feasted and the grass has all but gone, they turn around and go back the other way.
Rainy Season: It rains in April and May and again November
Dry Season: July to October is dry and the grass is long and lush after the rains. This is a good time to come and see the huge herds of migratory herbivores
Hottest time: The warmest time of year is December and January.
Coldest Time: June and July are the coldest months.
Generally, the climate is warm and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and east.
The relatively wet coastal belt along the Indian Ocean receives 1,000 mm or more rain per year. Most rain falls from April to July as a result of the southeasterly monsoon. Rainfall peaks in most areas are in November and April. Some 30% of this zone can be classed as semi-desert, with rainfall averaging less than 300 mm per year and evaporation often greater than 3,000 mm.
What to Pack:
1. Passport, itinerary, travel insurance
2. Any medication - insect repellent, rehydration salts etc..
3. Sunglasses, hat, sun block
4. Camera, iPad, phone, electronics etc..
5. Comfortable clothes - avoid wearing lighter clothes in case they get dirty
6. Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
7. Warm clothes - jumpers, trousers - nights can get chilly.
Certificate required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries.
For visitors coming to Kenya, the Department of Immigration has introduced electronic visa (E- Visa) application.
The Website can be accessed here: http://evisa.go.ke/single-entry-visa.html