Kenya

Capital Nairobi

Population 47,251,000

Area 580,367 km2

Key facts

Kenya is a country located in Eastern Africa. There are 5 countries (Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda) that Kenya shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak English and Swahili. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Kenya are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Kenya was ranked 21st out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Kenya is Kenyan shilling (KES). The shilling (KSh) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 134.09 KES and 1 USD is worth 124.91 KES.

Kenyan
Banknotes

KSh50KSh100KSh200KSh500KSh1000KSh10KSh20

Kenyan
Coins

KSh1KSh5KSh10KSh20c50c40

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Kenya is 20.54 Mbps and mobile is 42.88 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Kenya.7.30 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Kenya, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There is one common socket type used in Kenya. Type G is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type G 240 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Kenya?

There are no Mariott hotels in Kenya.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Kenya.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Kenya.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Kenya.

There are Radisson hotels in Nairobi.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Kenya.

What fast food chains are present in Kenya?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Kenya.

The KFC chain operates in Kenya.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Kenya.

The Subway chain operates in Kenya.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Kenya.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Kenya.

Weather

What is the weather like in Nairobi?

Today the sun in Nairobi, rises at 6:41 AM and sets at 6:52 PM. The climate of Nairobi may be categorized as a Marine west coast (Cfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: 16.5°C (61.7°F)High: 28.1°C (82.58°F)
FridayFeb 10Partly cloudlyLow: 13.7°C (56.66°F)High: 28.5°C (83.3°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 14.3°C (57.74°F)High: 27.9°C (82.22°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 12.8°C (55.04°F)High: 27.6°C (81.68°F)
MondayFeb 13Partly cloudlyLow: 11.3°C (52.34°F)High: 27.9°C (82.22°F)
TuesdayFeb 14Partly cloudlyLow: 13.4°C (56.12°F)High: 28.9°C (84.02°F)

Weather data for Nairobi (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is available in 17 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in Kenya.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.5, Kenya is placed 78th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Kenya traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  16.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 28.30 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Kenya

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The import duty free allowance shall be granted only to passengers who have attained the age of 18.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1L of spirits or 2L of wine

Tobacco allowance

  • Cigarettes, cigars, cheroots, cigarillos, tobacco and snuff not exceeding in all
    250 grammes in weight
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