Kenya: Money Matters & Security

MONEY MATTERS:

The monetary unit is the Kenyan Shilling.

There is no limit to the amount of currency or traveler’s checks that a client may bring into the country. Most of the hotels, lodges and shops in Kenya will accept the major credit cards, although sometimes there are power outages or machines don’t always work so we suggest you carry a supply of cash as a back up.

Rather than converting into Kenyan Shillings we recommend you carry a supply of US Dollars, preferably in small denominations. Pre-1996 notes are not accepted due to the high number of counterfeits in circulation.

For most guests on an all-inclusive itinerary, the only requirement for cash will be for gratuities, visas, airport taxes and any souvenirs.

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory. If, however, you want to tip because you have received good service, the following brief guideline may assist you:

Private Game Lodges: Tipping is entirely discretionary, depending on how well you feel the team have performed. The following is only a guideline:

  • Guide: US$5-US$10 per person per day
  • Tracker: US$5 per person per day
  • General staff: US$5 per person per day. This should be placed in the communal tip box to be distributed equally amongst all the staff

Tour guides: US$5 per person for a half-day, US$10 per person for a full day

Transfers: US$2 per person

Restaurants: A tip of 10% is standard if you feel that you have received good service or up to 15% if service has been exceptional.

SECURITY:

At the time of writing both the US Department of State and the UK FCO have Travel Warnings in place for parts of Kenya.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Kenya. The main threat is from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group in Somalia who are opposed to the Somali government. There is a threat of kidnapping in the areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somalia border, in Garissa District and in coastal areas north of Pate Island. Also be aware of the risk of street crime and take personal security measures. Remain vigilant at all times.

For up to date advice we recommend you refer to your own governmental travel advisories:

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Kenya: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/kenya1

US Department of State International Travel Information Kenya: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1151.html