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Regions

Eastern, Western, Rift Valley, Central, Nairobi, North Eastern, Coast, Nyanza.

Cities

Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu

Other Destinations

Nakuru, Machakos, Eldoret, Malindi, Kitui, Voi, Isiolo, Meru, Naivasha.

Getting there

  • From Tanzania: by bus, your cross the border at Namanga. Most nationalities can secure a tourist visa on arrival for USD 50 per person (single entry). The visa is valid for 3 months but it can be extended by another 3 months for free. All you need to do is request for an extension permit at the immigration bureau in Nyayo House near the General Post Office.

Getting around

Local minibuses are known as 'matatus' and bus stops as 'stages'. Public transport can be chaotic...you need to observe some of these rules:

  • Always ask the price of the ride before entering a vehicle. More often than not, the 'conductor' will be hanging out shouting the destination and the fare. If your ears are not tuned in yet, it is better to double-check the info.
  • Prices may vary depending on the traffic, the time of the day, the weather and the mood of the conductor. Always keep notes of small denominations (KSh 50, 100) and coins to pay for your fare. It makes everybody's life easier.
  • Vehicles leave when they are full. Just be patient!!
  • When you want to get off the vehicle, either shout the name of the stop to cover the music or tap the conductor on the shoulder to remind him that this is your stop. Be prepared to jump off on some occasions.
  • If you do not know where you are supposed to drop off, it is usually safer to enquire from a fellow passenger than from the conductor. Conductors have the annoying habit of forgetting about you and leaving you stranded!

What to do

Safari, Masai Mara, Amboseli

People

Eat and Drink

Breakfast delicacies: mandazi.

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