About Kenya

General Information about Kenya

Capital City: Nairobi

Major Cities:

  • Mombasa – the main port city on the shores of the Indian Ocean
  • Kisumu – lakeside city on Lake Victoria
  • Nakuru – Northwest of Nairobi, nearby is Lake Nakuru National Park, home to rhinos, giraffes, lions and leopards.

Time Zone: GMT + 0300 hours.

Geographical: Kenya is located on the eastern coast of Africa, right on the equator. It is a land of striking landscapes, ranging from snow-capped Mount Kenya to rich farmlands, barren deserts and tropical beaches. Kenya is divided into 47 counties, which are geographical units envisioned by the 2010 Constitution of Kenya as the units of devolved government.

It borders Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan in the north, Uganda in the west, Tanzania in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the east.

Kenya’s national parks: are wildlife, marine and botanical sanctuaries set aside to conserve their unique species and for educational and recreational enjoyment by locals and tourists alike.

Weather: The temperature in Nairobi in November is about 73° F (23° C) during the day and drops to around 55° F (13° C) at night.

There may be slight rains in the evenings and early mornings

Currency & forex rates: The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (Ksh. / KES).

The current exchange rate vs the US dollar is approximately Ksh.123 for one US dollar and Ksh. 120 for one Euro.

Credit cards: Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and retail outlets in the city.

Safety and Security:

Kenya has an efficient police force as well as a special tourist police unit with highly trained officers. The hotels also employ experienced security personnel. It is however important for you to take the same precautions you would anywhere else in the world.

To enjoy your stay in our beautiful city, the following guidelines will help keep you and your belongings safe and prevent a security incident.

  • Stay away from unsafe areas
  • Do not leave cash and valuables in hotel rooms. Instead, make use of the hotel safety deposit boxes.
  • Do not carry large sums of money on your person while walking in the streets
  • Avoid walking alone at night
  • Do not leave valuables unattended in an unattended vehicle.
  • Most establishments will require that you go through a non-intrusive search when you enter their premises. Please comply with this as it will contribute to your own security in these uncertain times.