Kenya: Your Web Surf Safari
Known as the Cradle of Humanity for its links to early human life, Kenya conjures up images of water-bathing hippos, lions on the prowl, grassy plains, and khaki-clad photographers on safari. There’s no easier way to plan a trip to Kenya than by using the Web. With glossy travel magazines, guidebooks, tourism sites, and advice from fellow travelers at your fingertips, you can’t go wrong. We’ve sorted through the maze of information and collected comprehensive, accessible sites to take you from idea, to plan, to reality.
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Start planning early. Organize your travel documents and vaccines and review general safety precautions to help your trip run smoothly. Learn as much as you can about the history and culture to ensure a more memorable and meaningful experience in Kenya.
- The U.S. Embassy in Kenya was bombed in 1998, and Nairobi remains an area affected by crime and the threat of terrorism. Be aware of government warnings, which are listed in Consular Information Sheets provided by the state department before you arrive. You’ll also learn of recent criminal activity and high-risk areas for terrorism and kidnappings, as well as exit and entry requirements.
- There is a high risk of catching malaria throughout Kenya. To protect yourself, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s section on “Malaria and Travelers.”
- Kenya has two rainy seasons: one in November, and one from late March into early May. Roads are usually blocked during these periods. If you’re planning a safari, go during the dry season to see more animals; they’ll be gathered together wherever there’s a source of water.
For health and safety advice …
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
provide health information for travelers to Kenya. Find general safety and security advice to follow when traveling abroad, as well as specific travel notices in effect and diseases to watch out for in East Africa.
The World Health Organization’s
“Country Health Profiles” reveal socioeconomic and health-related statistics for all African countries. Select Kenya from the map or chart to download a full report. Among the key figures are rates of literacy, life expectancy, and fertility.
For official documents and travel requirements …
The U.S. Department of State’s
“International Travel” page, led by the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, helps quell your passport and visa worries. Place your mouse on the “Tips for Traveling Abroad” link to find tips for planning your trip, traveling with children, and dealing with emergencies abroad.
The Embassy of Kenya
, located in Washington D.C., provides general country information and tourism ideas. Find passport and visa requirements, and link to consulates in New York and Los Angeles.
For history and culture …
presents “The Story of Africa,” a radio series detailing the history of the continent from an African perspective. Learn how kingdoms rose and fell, and how regions developed unique characteristics. Also discover the role of religion in African life.
offers a profile of Kenya, including information about the country’s media and political leaders. In the “Overview,” learn how ethnic diversity has led to violence and political unrest. Scroll down for links to English newspapers, and see the right-hand sidebar for BBC news stories on Kenya.
presents “Africa: Explore the Regions,” with a section on the savanna stretching between Kenya and Tanzania. Learn about the area’s people, and don’t miss the fascinating “series profile
” of a Tanzanian woman. Take a look at the “eco info
” section for various maps of climatic features, as well as links to regional eco-organizations.
provides a chronology of key events in Kenya from the year 600 to present. Begin with the coastal Arab settlements and the “Cradle of Humanity” concept and proceed to the 2007 Kenya Airways crash in Cameroon.
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