By Shalini M
If you love incredible landscapes, excellent beaches, fantastic hiking, and lots of Safari opportunities, you may want to visit Kenya. In this article, we are going to talk about a couple of things that you may want to consider before you travel to Kenya.
1. Friendly People
First of all, the great thing about Kenya is that it has friendly people. They are quite open and hospitable. Therefore, you don’t have to shy away from talking to them. As far as my experience is concerned, the people of Kenya are more than willing to give you all the help and support you need.
Over the past few years, the country has been hard hit by terrorism. Therefore, not many tourists have been to this country over these years. Therefore, the tourism industry of the country is struggling to survive. Therefore, they are much more welcoming to visitors than before. Unlike in the past, Kenya has been quite safe for international visitors. If you still want to feel safe, you may stick to the primary tourist route.
3. Ethnic Tensions
In Kenya, some ethnic tensions are going on that hamper the process of election and stability. Although you are not likely to face this type of tension, you may want to keep this point in mind.
4. Road Security
Because of ethnic tensions and terrorism, the level of security is quite high, especially in public places, such as city malls and airports. Therefore, every person and car is checked at airports. People are requested to go through a security gate. Plus, their bags are scanned to make sure they contain no illegal staff.
If you want to travel to Kenya, you can choose from different types of tourist visas. Most people get the East Africa visa as it allows multi-country access. Apart from this, it is much cheaper than purchasing separate visas for other nations, such as Uganda and Rwanda. If you want to get this visa, you have to apply online. The good thing about applying online is that it can save you plenty of time upon your arrival at the airport.
6. Budget Airlines
It’s good to know that a number of budget airlines operate in Kenya and all of them are safe, cheap, and efficient. You can go with Kenya Airways as it flies across the country. Besides, it also flies to a number of other destinations across the globe. Moreover, it is reasonably priced.
7. Train to Mombasa
If you don’t want to fly you from Nairobi to Mombasa, you can get a train. A few decades ago, the train journey took around 14 hours. But this old version has been upgraded to a high-speed version that a Chinese company operates.
It is important to note that you need to book tickets in advance. Alternatively, you can book your ticket at the train station, which can cost you a little bit more time.
Long story short, these are just some of the tips that you may want to keep in mind if you want to travel to Kenya for the first time.