Travel tips & info about Kenya

You will find here some travel tips about Kenya, helping you to the make the most of your stay with us:

What to bring
  • Sleeping bag
  • Working shoes
  • Mobile phone
  • Mosquito (around 4€ in Kenya)
  • Flash light/torch
  • Light and warm clothing
  • Tablets for water purification
  • Personal effects (i.e. soap, toiletries)
  • First Aid Kit and/or personal medication
  • Local products, personal stuffs to share with the volunteers and the local community
  • Camera and others (KVSO will not be responsible in case of any damage or loss)
  • Pocket money for extra activities
  • Volunteers can also bring any materials that would be useful for the local community
Leisure & tips about Kenya

Country : Kenya is named Republic of Kenya. Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Somalia. It is a founding member of the East African Community (EAC).

Population : 49.1 million (2017 est.)

Capital : Nairobi means ‘the place of cool water’ in Maasai. It is the largest city in East Africa and it is well-known as a very dynamic place.

Main cities : Mombasa is the coastal capital with many national parks and reserves ; Kisumu is a Kenyan inland port city on Lake Victoria.

Parks and natural areas : Thanks to its diverse climate and geography, Kenya includes many wildlife reserves and national parks such as East and West Tsavo National Park, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park. Lake Victoria and the African Great Lakes region are ones of the most beautiful landscaped you can find in Africa. The highest point in the country is the snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya (5,199m), the second highest mountain in Africa.

World Heritage Sites :

  • Fort Jesus, Mombasa
  • Lamu Old Town
  • Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests
  • Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
  • Lake Turkana National Parks
  • Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest

Climate : The coast is hot with an average daytime temperature of 27-31 degrees centigrade while average daytime temperature in Nairobi is 21-26 degrees centigrade. Nairobi in July and August mark the Kenyan winter. March-May is wet, June-September is dry, October-December is wet.

Language : English is the official language and Kiswahili is the national one.

Religion : Christianity, Islamic, Hinduism, Sikhism and traditional beliefs.

Government : Kenya is a independent Republic, divided into two halves. The President is the chief of State.

Currency : Kenya currency is Kenya shillings (KSH). Volunteers will be invited to exchange money in safe and reliable currency exchange offices. ATMs are available in the country with 24/24 access. Most shops accept international VISA cards (better than MASTER cards).

Internet : Internet cafes operate in most areas. Email can be sent from most hotels.

Electricity : 220-240 volts AC. With standard 13-amp three squares-pin plugs.

Water : Bottled water is readily available.

Telephone : There is mobile phone coverage countrywide. KVSO will help volunteers to buy local SIM cards on request. Public pay phones (card and coin) are automated phone cards may be bought from post offices or from international call offices. International calls can be dialed direct (code 000) or operator assisted (dial 0195/6). When calling Kenya the international Dialing code is +254.

Tipping : Tipping is appreciated.

Visa and health certification : A valid passport, not expiring for at least six months, is required and may be obtained in advance from the Kenya Embassy or High Commission in your country of origin, or upon arrival in Kenya. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required ONLY if you are arriving in Kenya from an infected area.

Airports : Kenya has many international airports such as Jomo Kenyatta Airport – Nairobi ; Moi International Airport ; Kisumu Airport and Mombasa airport. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at one of these specific airports and will be welcomed at their arrival in the airport.

Local Transportation : Most Kenyans use ‘matatus’ as the primary method of transport, world famous buses with unique musical ambiance. These are privately operated minivans following specific routes. Taxis are plentiful outside the main hotels, shopping arcades, and central city points. Kenyan motorists drive on the left and overtake on the right-in general European-styled traffic regulations. Other transportations : tuk-tuk, boda-boda.

Photography : It is considered courteous to ask people if you may take their picture before doing so, particularly in the more far-flung rural areas. A small (token) payment for the photography may be expected, rather more as a from of polite appreciation than anything else.

Do’s and dont’s : It is an offence to smoke in a public place; deface a Kenyan banknote; urinate in public; sunbath topless; hire a prostitute; buy or take drugs; remove wildlife products from Kenya, export products made from elephant, rhino or sea turtle derivatives, or to remove coral. Swearing and blasphemy are inadvisable. Visitors are required to stand when the Kenyan Anthem is played, or the National flag raised or lowered. They are also advised that photographing the president without prior permission or any military installation is not permitted. Bond or bail can be granted before a court or magistrate’s discretion and all cases must be brought before a court.

  • Emergency services : dial 911
  • KVSO Office : +254 72 08 03 531 /
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Kenia Voluntary Service Organization is a Community Based Organization that aims to promote peace, diversity and sustainable development through volunteering and community projects.


  • +254 72 08 03 531
  • Post office box 35232 – 00100 Norwich Union 6th Floor Mama Ngina Street
  • Nairobi – KENYA