Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, mountain highlands and abundant wildlife. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
At a glance
Capital : Nairobi
Time Zone : GMT +3
Language : Kiswahili
Currency Kenyan Shilling
Area:580,367 square kilometers (224,081 square miles)
Money and Costs
The unit of currency is the Kenyan shilling (KSh), which is made up of 100 cents. Locally, the shilling is commonly known as a ‘bob’, after the old English term for a one-shilling coin. Both US dollars and British pounds are easy to change throughout the country, as is the euro, which is replacing the dollar as the currency quoted for hotel prices on the coast (but rarely elsewhere).
1 AED =28.12 KSh.
After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism.
Kenya’s Great Rift Valley was formed around 20 million years ago, when the crust of the Earth was split.
Most Kenyans are either very poor or very rich. Very few can be classified as middle class.
Before marriage Kenyans still pay a dowry to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows.
For the Kenyans, however, coffee is considered an export product, not something for local consumption. The local favorites are tea and beer.
Best time to go
Low Season (Mar–May)
Long rains mean accommodation is much quieter and prices are low. Wildlife is harder to spot, some tracks are impassable and mosquitoes are rife.
Shoulder (Nov & Dec)
Short rains fall in October and November, but travel is still possible.
High Season (Jul-Oct, Jan & Feb)
Wildebeest in the Mara from mid-July to October. January and February offer hot, dry weather good for wildlife watching. Sky-high lodge prices, especially July to October. Book coastal accommodation in advance.
Marathon in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (June)
Rhino Charge (June)
Safari Sevens (September)
Maralal Camel Derby (August)
Lamu Cultural Festival (November)
Kenya has two diplomatic missions in UAE.
Kenyan Consulate in Dubai
Jumeirah 1, Villa 14, 75 B Street, Tel No. +971-4-342 8111, email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenyan Consulate in Abu Dhabi
Tel No. +971-2-666-6300, email : email@example.com, website : http://www.kenyaembassy.ae/
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