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Useful Information for Travellers – IPS Nairobi

Useful Information for Travellers

Nairobi is typically 21- 26 degrees centigrade. Nairobi can become cold enough for coats and fleece; July and August mark the Kenyan winter. Temperatures elsewhere depend on altitude. July-September is typically dry. Current weather conditions in Nairobi can be found here.

Kenya’s timezone is GMT +3 all year-round. Kenya maintains an almost constant 12 hours of daylight. Sunrise is typically 06.30 and sunset at 18.45.

The official currency is the Kenya shilling (Ksh). Credit cards such as Master Card and Visa, are widely accepted. Currency exchange offices can be found in the airport and at some local banks.

Electric Power is 220V – 240V running at 50Hz.

The Plug type used in Kenya is: “Type G” British.

For advice on vaccinations recommended for visitors to Kenya, please contact your doctor.

There are many websites that provide more detailed information on travel vaccinations, one such site can be found here.

The name of Nairobi comes from ‘Nyrobi’ meaning ‘the place of cool waters’ in Maa, and is the highest city in East Africa (1700 m). Nairobi is modern and fast growing, with a human population exceeding 4 million. Nairobi has two official languages: English and Kiswahili. More information about the city can be found here.

There is plenty to see and do in and around Nairobi, some key attractions include:

The country of Kenya offers a wide variety of cultural, historical and recreational activities. Ethnically, the Kenyan population is very diverse, consisting of over 40 different tribes. The natural environment and landscapes range from the tropical coast and volcanic Rift Valley to the northern drylands and alpine mountain ecosystems. As a result of this natural mosaic, the country hosts a diverse range of plants and animals, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions and buffalos, along with many other endemic and endangered species. Many visitors enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, mountain climbing, snorkeling and diving, and cultural activities, just to name a few.

For more information on travel and tourism options in Kenya, contact the Kenya Tourist Board. Tel: +254 (0)20 2711262. Email: info@kenyatourism.org

In addition, information on IPS primate field trips and other commercial safari options can be found on this website under ‘Programme’.

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