220-240 volts is used throughout Kenya and three, square pin plug points are the norm (adaptors are not required for visitors from the United Kingdom). If you have a video or digital camera, make sure your battery charger is of the same voltage (Americas 110 – 120V).
Kenya has access to international roaming (GSM compatible) although many areas have poor or no reception.
Kenya is GMT + 3 (2 hours ahead of continental Europe).
With Kenya being located in the Tropics you may encounter all manner of local wildlife (insects, reptiles, small mammals, rodents, cockroaches). Lights attract bugs so don’t leave your lights on when you leave your room. Mosquitoes are best dealt with by using mosquito repellent, long baggy clothing in the evenings and sleeping under a mosquito net. Regarding medication in malarial areas please follow the advice of your local health practitioner and the World Health organisation.
Please ensure that your passport, air tickets and money (cash and travellers cheques) are securely stored in your room safe. Do not leave jewellery, mobile phones, cameras or any other valuables in your room or in public areas.
In terms of your physical safety if you are on an organised safari then risks are minimal, if you are guiding yourself stay away from the northern part of the country and ask for local advice before heading off. The big cities are renowned for their petty theft and muggings so keep jewellery and cameras concealed.
Tipping of guides and hotel personnel is not compulsory, but always welcomed. Aside from the guides and drivers you may wish to tip anyone who works in service; waiters in bars and restaurants, porters and room cleaners.