Landlines continue to be used by most businesses in Kenya, but otherwise the mobile phone is king. Prices are low, data is fast and coverage is excellent in most towns and cities.

Mobile Phones

Buy a SIM card from one of the Kenyan mobile-phone companies: Safaricom (www.safaricom.co.ke), Airtel (www.africa.airtel.com/kenya) or Telkom (www.telkom.co.ke). SIM cards cost about KSh100 and you can then buy top-up scratch cards and use them either for data or calling credit.

Network Coverage

While coverage is excellent in Kenya, you often won't be able to use your phone or data in more remote areas, including many national parks.

Phone Codes

  • Kenya’s regions have area codes that must be dialled, followed by the local number.
  • The international dialling code for Kenya is 254.
  • When dialling Kenya from abroad, drop the first zero in the area code.