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Africa comprises of three beautiful countries: Kenya,
Tanzania and Uganda.
Weather pattern in East Africa.
East Africa experiences varied weather conditions in the
year. Most of the Parks and Reserves and their environs
experience predominantly dry, warm to hot conditions, with
the exception of high-altitude mountaineous areas.
the climate is warm and humid in coastal areas, cool and
humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north
and eastern parts. These variations are attributed to differences
in topography across the country.
coastal areas are tropical, but tempered by monsoon winds.
The lowlands are mainly hot and dry, while the highlands
are more temperate. Nairobi has a very pleasant climate
throughout the year due to its high altitude. To the west
near Lake Victoria, temperatures are much higher and rainfall
can be heavy.
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Health Precautions to observe before or during a visit to
to East Africa require vaccination against cholera and yellow
fever. Other Vaccinations recommended are against typhoid,
tetanus, and hepatitis. Some vaccination may need a course
of injections; we advise that you allow sufficient time
a precaution against Malaria, prophylactics should be taken
before, during and after a visit to Kenya. Malaria-prevention
consists of use of effective protection against bites, including
insect repellants and mosquito nets.
A passport valid for three months from date of entry is
a requirement in all three East African countries.
Entry visas to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda can be acquired
well in advance at their representatives offices in your
country. They are also readily available at the airport
and borders on arrival; this process is short. Please visit
the East Africa missions in your country for information
on your visa requirements.
Official working hours are usually from 0800hrs - 1700hrs
from Monday to Friday, and from 0900hrs - 1100hrs on Saturdays.
Banks & Bureaux de change
National and international banks have branches in both major
and small towns in East Africa. Most banks and bureaux de
change at the international airports open 24 hours every
The Kenya Shilling (KSh.) is used in Kenya, Uganda Shilling
(USh.) in Uganda and Tanzania shilling (TSh.) in Tanzania.
MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are all
widely accepted. Please check with your credit or debit
card company for details of merchant acceptability and other
These are very convinient and can be changed at local banks.
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are
advised to carry travellers cheques in US Dollars or Sterling
Swahili is widely spoken in the three East African countries.
English is the official language.
IDD service is available in the major cities. International
calls can often be made directly or through operator-assistance.
Public telephones require coins or phone cards; these may
be purchased from post offices or from international call
services in major towns. Major hotels also offer phone services,
which may charge up to 100 per cent more.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are UK-type two-pin or flat
three-pin squared type. Bayonet-type light sockets are used
in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Food & Drink
You will find plenty of local foods in hotel menus in East
Africa. The local beef, chicken, lamb and pork, as well
as the wide variety of tropical fruits, are all outstandingly
great! Sea foods such as local trout, Nile perch and lobster,
shrimps and Mombasa oysters are included on menus in season.
Indian and Middle Eastern food is also available in most
areas. Some game-park lodges serve game, including buffalo
steaks marinated in local liqueurs and berries, often garnished
with wild honey and cream. There is a wide range of restaurants
in the three countries. Locally brewed beer (such as Tusker
in Kenya) and bottled sodas are available.
Lightweight cottons and linens with rainwear are advised
for the coast and lakeside and in the highlands for much
of the year. Warmer clothing is needed in the cold season
of June and July and for the cooler mornings. Rainwear is
advisable between March and June and October and December.
Basic recommended clothing include loose-fitting long trousers,
shirts and T-shirts, lace up shoes, a hat and sunglasses
to protect against the sun. It is advisable to bring natural,
earthly-colored or Khaki wear. Locally-made safari outfits
are available in a number of shops.
Local khanga, kitenge and kikoi cloths
and souvenirs may be bought in the city markets or along
the way as you proceed to the national parks. Wood carvings
are sold throughout East Africa, particularly in Kenya.
Please note that the sale of souvenirs made of wildlife
skins, including reptiles and shells, is forbidden.
Tipping is commonly practised. Tips may be given to the
driver and guides, hotel assistants and others after the
completion of the safari. Please note that this is not compulsory
but entirely at the visitor's discretion.
Western European habits prevail throughout East Africa as
a result of British influences in these countries. The people
are generally quite friendly. Dressing is both formal and
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