Currency

Kenyan shilling (KSh)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$100

  • Hostel or budget hotel: US$15–50
  • Camping: from US$20
  • Eat in local restaurants: US$2–5
  • Travel by matatu (minibus): US$1–5
  • Share wildlife drives with other travellers: US$20–40

Midrange: US$100–250

  • Double room in midrange hotel: US$75–150
  • Independent safari with car rental (two people): US$75–100 per day
  • Full board in lodges: US$150–250

Top end: More than US$250

  • Double room in top-end hotel: from US$200
  • lunch and dinner in top-end restaurant: US$30–40
  • No-expenses-spared safari in luxury tented camps: from US$600

Bargaining

As a general rule, bargaining is expected in markets and street stalls, especially those that sell handicrafts aimed at tourists. It is sometimes possible to negotiate a discount for taxis (especially if chartered for a set period) and accommodation (depending on the season), but this varies from one place to the next. Most other prices are usually fixed.

Money

Kenya Commercial Bank Has an ATM and MoneyGram services.

Changing Money

The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, 2km inside Ethiopia from the border, changes travellers cheques as well as US dollars and euros. While it doesn’t exchange Kenyan shillings, many hawkers will swap them for Ethiopian birr on the way to Ethiopia.