Kenya

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English and Swahili; other tribal languages also spoken

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border, Garissa County, Lamu County (not including Lamu or Manda islands), those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself, and within 15km of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river. Safari destinations and the southern coast are unaffected. Click here for more information.

Information

Bank in Kenya

Western Union

Western Union Postbank, a branch of the Kenyan Post Office, is the regional agent for Western Union, the global money-transfer company. Using its service is an easy way (if the phones are working) of receiving...

Tourist Information in Ferguson’s Gulf

Kenya Wildlife Services

The KWS site can organise boats to Central Island (KSh15,000), Sibiloi (KSh30,000) and South Island (KSh80,000). There is also a makeshift campsite on the grounds if you need to stay the night (KSh1000 per person).

Conservation in Kenya

Rhino Ark

The annual Rhino Charge, a charity cross-country rally (www.rhinocharge.co.ke), is in aid of Rhino Ark, which supports worthy conservation causes and challenges mad motorists to reach the finish line in the...

Tourist Information in Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve

Arabuko Sokoke Visitor Centre

The Arabuko Sokoke Visitor Centre at Gede Forest Station was being rebuilt when we visited and was due to reopen sometime in 2018. When it reopens, there should be displays on the various species found in the...

Post in Nairobi

Main Post Office

The vast main post office is a well-organised edifice close to Uhuru Park. Around the back of the main building is the EMS office, for courier deliveries, and there’s a Telkom Kenya office upstairs.

Tourist Information in Loyangalani

KWS Headquarters

The local KWS office can arrange boats to South Island National Park (KSh20,000 round-trip). If you are planning on staying the night, you will have to negotiate a price for the return journey.

Medical in Nairobi

AAR Health Services

Probably the best of a number of private ambulance and emergency air-evacuation companies. It also runs private clinics at various locations around Nairobi, including in Westlands.

Post in Nyeri

Post Office

Located in the southern part of Nyeri, this post office is smaller than the main post office, but still suitable if you're in the area and desperately needing to send a letter.

Conservation in Kenya

Laikipia Wildlife Forum

Most of the Laikipia ranches and conservancies are affiliated with the umbrella Laikipia Wildlife Forum, and the LWF is a good source of up-to-date information about projects and accommodation in the region.

Tourist Information in Kenya

Kenyan Association of Tour Operators

It may not be the most powerful regulatory body in the world, but most reputable safari companies subscribe, and going with a KATO member will give you some recourse in case of conflict.

Tourist Information in Kenya

Ecotourism Society of Kenya

Maintains a list of member companies and lodges who subscribe to its code of conduct for responsible, sustainable safaris. Click on 'Members' under the Directory Listing heading on the homepage.

Post in Lodwar

Post Office

If there was any out-of-the-way place to send a postcard, this is it. Your friends will be jealous! Though do note that Lodwar does not actually sell postcards, so a letter will have to do.

Tourist Information in Lake Nakuru National Park

Main Gate Office

There's limited park information at the main gate office, although as it's a relatively recent installation, the plans for an information centre may happen in the not-too-distant future.

Tourist Information in Kenya

Kenya Institute of Surveying & Mapping

It may be worth a visit to this office in search of national parks and reserve maps, but this can take all day and there’s no guarantee it will have any more stock than the bookshops.

Bank in Naivasha

KCB

Foreign-exchange desk but queues can be long as you're in line with local market traders cashing their earnings and grandmothers counting out their coins.

Post in Naivasha

Post Office

Naivasha's local post office sells stamps and can take an age to get your postcards into the box – queues can be long and staff friendly if in no hurry.

Tourist Information in Malindi

Malindi Tourist Office

Not a great deal of information on the area, but it's the place to register your complaints if you've had a bad experience with a local tour operator.

Post in Nairobi

EMS Office

For courier deliveries. It's cheaper than the private couriers, but queues here are longer. Located around the back of the main post office.