Diaspora Passport Renewal

Framuri Safaris makes it more effective and easy for Kenyans who are in the diaspora. We will renew your passport as quickly as possible while you are still in diaspora at the comfort of your home away from home. You will be on the safe side when verification knocks on your way. For those who are in North America, kindly contact Mr. Wilson Wachira of telephone number +1 865-237-9227 for more information.

Visa

Visitors from commonwealth countries (except Nigeria, Australia, Sri Lanka and British Passport holders who are subject to control under the Migration Act 1971), Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Uruguay DO NOT require visas to enter Kenya. Nationals of countries other than these should obtain visas from a Kenyan Embassy or Consulate in their country or from a British Embassy where there is no Kenyan Diplomatic representation. If in doubt, please check with the nearest Kenyan diplomatic Mission. Visa applications should be made at least thirty days prior to the date of departure. On arrival in Kenya passports are stamped with a visitors pass for a specified period, extendable (if there is no objection) from the Immigration Department, Nyayo House, Kenyatta Avenue. Visitors are not allowed to engage in any paid or unpaid employment during their stay in Kenya except with written permission from the Department of Immigration.

Health

Visitors to Kenya arriving from yellow fever and cholera infested areas must have valid vaccination certificates. Malaria is rare in Nairobi and the highlands but prevalent in the hot and humid low altitude areas around the Coast, Lake Victoria and the Savannah. Prescribed doses of Malaria Prophylactics should be taken two weeks before travel, during your stay in Kenya and continued for two more weeks after your departure. It is safe to swim in the sea and swimming pools but it is not recommended to do so in lakes, rivers and open reservoirs as they may not be infested with bilharzia parasites. Drinking water from these places is also not advisable. Bottled water is widely available.

Kenya has excellent medical facilities which include Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital, Pandya Memorial Hospital as well as Air Ambulance Services offered by Africa Medical Research Foundation Flying Doctor Service (AMREF), Africa Air Rescue (AAR) and EAR – Medivac Ltd.

Clothing

At the coast during the day time, beach wear is acceptable while in the hotel or on the beach. Light cotton dresses or shirts are recommended when walking around the city. While on safari, “Safari Suits” are the most suitable attire and in the evenings if in the highlands, warm clothing is essential. For Nairobi and the highlands lightweight clothing and dresses are suitable throughout the year except during the cooler months of June to August when warmer clothing is advisable. A wide brimmed hat, sun tan oil and sun glasses are recommended for a sun bathing holiday at the coast while a rain coat and insect repellent can be handy during a safari. Some establishments insist on evening wear and we will be able to advise you on this based on your chosen itinerary. Please do not walk away from the hotel off the beach in your beach wear as it may offend the cultural and religious sensibilities of the local people.

Photography

Kenya is a photographer’s dream country since there is abundant wildlife and birdlife in their natural habitats, magnificent scenery, captivating avifauna, colorful people, reliable as well as unlimited. It is therefore, not difficult to take memorable photographs even if you are not a professional photographer. When you are on safari please always remember that the animals you encounter are not tame and as such it is advisable not to get out of your vehicle. Please avoid photographing the local people you meet while on safari before seeking their permission. A UV or skylight filter is necessary everywhere and lens hood helps reduce the glare. You may require a good telephoto lens for shooting dramatic close-ups of animals as well as a camera bag to protect your photographic equipment form dust.

Driving

Short stay drivers require only their own valid driving licenses which have to be endorsed at the Road Transport Office, Income Tax House. An International Driving License is the most convenient. Driving is on the left and drivers approaching from the right at roundabouts are given priority. Petrol is sold in liters while distances are measured in kilometers.

Currency

There are no restrictions on the foreign exchange you may bring into the country. Defacement of the Kenya currency is an indictable offence. The unit of currency is the Kenya Shilling. Notes come in denominations of Ksh 50, Ksh 100, Ksh 200, Ksh 500 and Ksh 1,000 while coins come in denominations of  Ksh 5, Ksh 10, Ksh 20. It is recommended that you change your foreign currency only in banks, bureau de change or authorized hotels. Major international credit cards are acceptable in most establishments.

Advance Booking

Advance booking is advisable if you are planning to visit Kenya during the high season (December to March and July to September). Accommodation tariffs are lower in the low season (April to June)

Domestic Air Service

Kenya Airways, Air Kenya, British Airways and East African Safari Air operate flights to the major tourist centers. In addition some of these carriers have daily services to the National Parks and Game Reserves.

Security

In keeping with the acceptable practice elsewhere in the world visitors are advised not to leave cash and valuables in their hotel rooms but to make use of hotel safe deposit boxes or safes. You should not carry large sums of cash on your person while walking in the streets. Ladies are advised to be careful with their bags in crowded places, while jewellery and necklaces should be left at home or kept in hotel custody with other valuables. As in all major cities walking alone at night should be avoided. Kenya has an efficient police force as well a special Tourist Police Unit with highly trained officers. In addition most hotels employ experienced security personnel. However it is advisable to always take those precautions you would take anywhere else in the world.

Business and Banking Hours

Most banks in the major urban centers have a Bureau de change, while hotels are authorized to transact in foreign exchange. Banks are open on Monday through Friday between 9.00 am to 4.00 p.m. Branches of banks and Bureau de change at the International Airports run 24 hour services.

News Media

International as well as local newspapers are available. Kenya has several local Television and Radio stations. Other International Television and Radio stations are received via satellite.

Departure formalities

On departure, an international Airport Departure Tax is payable for both international and local flights. There are duty free shops at International Airports but purchases are made only in convertible currencies. Customs officials may require inspection of outgoing baggage. All baggage is weighed and subjected to X-ray inspection before loading.

Souvenir Shopping

Most hotels and game lodges feature a boutique or two, stocking a wide variety of Kenyan souvenirs. However, the real test is in the art of bargaining at market stalls, wayside outlets and bazaars. The choice of products include practical accessories such as safari suits and hats, kiondos (sisal bags), mats, baskets and containers made from indigenous fibres as well as hand crafted jewellery in precious or semi-precious stones. Kenya coffee and tea make thoughtful presents to take back home. Available gemstones include rubies, Malaya garnets, amethysts, tsavorite, malachite, bluelace agates, fluorspar, haematite and jasper.  The world famous Akamba wood carvings and Kisii soapstone carvings, batiks, bead tapestry and local artwork make for good ornamental souvenirs. Our driver guides offer useful tips on shopping.

 Time

Kenya has only one Time Zone. Local time is G.M.T. +3 (plus three hours.)
 

Tipping

Most hotels, game lodges and tented camps include a service charge in their tariff as do most restaurants and in such cases tipping is not necessary unless exceptional service inspires a desire to express extra appreciation.

Charity

It is recommended that you do not give money to street urchins and instead donate to established charitable organizations. It is also recommended that you avoid street salesmen and beach hawkers as not all of them are reliable.

Golfing Tours

Kenya has a number of beautifully scenic golf courses at various altitudes from Sea Level right up to the nine-hole Molo course at 2740m(8989ft). Windsor Golf and Country club is one of the attractions. The most recent is the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha which apart from golf also offer a variety of activities for adventurous guests, including Game and Bird walks with our resident guides, Fishing and Boating on Lake Naivasha. The oldest is the Royal Nairobi Golf Club. The "Royal" title was bestowed on the Nairobi Golf Club in 1935 by King George V. Other golf courses include the Muthaiga and Karen Golf Clubs each with championship courses.

Incentive Tours

Another area of our expertise has always been our custom made and special interest tours and safaris. Our staff has a wide knowledge in this area of operation and is always ready to plan and adapt an itinerary to suit your interest. We have been creating unique special interest tours for institutions sponsoring programs in wildlife, sports, archeology as well as study groups. You will be in the hands of experienced people in the safari business.

 Flying Safari

For the ultimate in convenience, a comprehensive network of internally Scheduled Air services and Private Chartered Air Services are available in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda between major towns, national parks and reserves.
We offer air package safaris for those who have only a short time to spend on their East-African safari. We can arrange a flying safari for one or two nights directly to Amboseli, Masai Mara, Lewa Downs and Samburu in Kenya and Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Regular scheduled flights depart Nairobi for Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Zanzibar and other destinations in Eastern Africa.

 Escorted / Guided Tours

We offer an unrivalled choice of quality escorted tour packages packed with exciting daily sightseeing highlights and features. Our tours are designed to make the best use of your vacation time and we strike a careful balance between organized sightseeing and other exciting highlights allowing plenty of time for our tour directors and guides to educate you about East Africa. In addition to giving introductory briefings upon arrival, our tour directors and guides provide information relevant to your immediate location throughout the course of the safari.

They are ever ready to answer questions, give explanations, and teach you a little African History and Folklore as you go along. A great deal of care and effort goes into the selection of our tour guides as we would like you to travel in the company of true friends. Our groups are kept small, and we use Luxury Safari Van or Land Cruisers 4X4 for our safaris.

Mountain Climbing

We offer the opportunity to climb Africa's two highest mountains which we can arrange separately or combine with any other of our tours to create a unique and unforgettable holiday for you. At 5896m ( Mount Kilimanjaro) or 5199m ( Mount Kenya), no technical climbing is involved and the only requirement is that one be in good physical shape. Both mountains are becoming increasingly popular with mountaineers from all over the world. Mount Kilimanjaro being the highest free standing mountain in the world presents a popular challenge to all experienced and first time climbers.

Mount Kenya

There are two main peaks; Batian and Nelion, both of which require a certain degree of proficiency to reach. Lenana peak, the third-highest, is suitable for climbers with l ittle experience. There are four main routes to the peaks, Naro Moru, Sirimon and the Timau tracks on the mountains' Western slopes and Chogoria route on the Eastern Slopes. Vegetation varies from dense bamboo forest to gnarled Hagenia trees.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Two main routes are used to reach the peaks. The Marangu Route is the most often climbed and you will meet parties of climbers in each direction. Accommodation is in huts, with shared facilities controlled by the National Parks Authorities. The Machame Route regarded as the most beautiful but is less often used as it is much harder to climb. We will arrange your climb making sure that hut fees, services of guides, porters etc are taken care of to make your climb a memorable one.

Balloon Safari

A popular event and experience for visitors to Maasai Mara and the Serengeti Plain is the hot air balloon. The World’s first Scheduled passenger service by balloon was launched in 1976 in Maasai Mara. We in Framuri Safaris offer this experience on our premier safari departures to Maasai Mara and the Serengeti. Your Adventure begins when you set off on a game viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. You will be amazed by the silence as you float over the plains. Balloon Safari is most stunning during the months between July and October when the Savanna teems with animals during the Great Migration. Each year, up to 1.5 million wildebeest (or white-bearded gnu),250,000 Burchell's zebra and half-a-million Thomson's gazelle trek through the Serengeti-Mara complex along a cyclic march that covers annually some 1,800 miles.

Photographic Tours

We organize both Video and Still Photo Safaris for both amateur and Professional Photographers, individually or in groups. We prepare all the necessary licenses for the professional filming Crew and ensure that all the permits are ready by the time safari begins. This covers general wildlife photography, bird photography, Cultural and Environmental themes.

Gorilla Tracking

The Mountain Gorilla is an endangered species living in the remote and ancient forests south west of Uganda - in Bwindi and Mgahinga, and also in the forests of Rwanda. Bwindi is of course best known for its primates – gorillas and chimpanzees, which live in this forest region. You’ll find the region’s stunning natural beauty breathtaking and its warm, friendly people quite welcoming.
Gorilla trekking is strenuous exercise. Trekkers should be physically fit. Protective hand gear and sturdy boots are a must. Age limit for trekking is 15years. Our itineraries are varied and can be extended or changed to suit individual clients. For conservation reasons, access to the Gorillas is carefully controlled. Travelers wishing to see the Gorillas need to book in advance in order to arrange for permits.

Camel Safaris

We organize camel safaris for those clients who want to see and experience the real Africa. A six-day five-night safari through the wild and beautiful Northern frontier of Kenya is an adventure in the true spirit of pioneering. The pace is leisurely, riding or walking in the morning before the sun gets hot. Picnic lunch is served then it's time to relax and watch game in their natural habitat later in the afternoon. Many different species of wildlife can be seen. At the end of the day there is a welcome shower followed by dinner around a campfire.

Accommodation at base camp is under canvas while on safari, beds are provided under the stars. No riding skill is required as the camel handlers who also act as guides lead the camels. A certain degree of physical fitness is needed, as the Safari requires a certain amount of Walking. This Safari can start from Nairobi combining a normal camping safari or lodge safari with Camel Safari to make a longer Safari. On a camel one is more in tune with the wild, blending into the surrounding eco-system in a natural way and allowing for an unequaled opportunity of seeing wild animals quite close.

Bird Watching

We are committed to helping all our clients try and break the various world records held in the number of birds seen in a day or 48-hr period. Our Itineraries will take you to the birding hot spots of Kakamega Forest, Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria-feeding grounds for up to half the world’s population of the lesser flamingo. Lake Naivasha, Mount Kenya, and Lake Nakuru are famous for the pink Flamingo while Arabuko Sokoke Forest conceals the world’s rarest owl the “Sokoke Scopes Owl.” The grasslands in the higher farming areas shelter Sharpe’s Long claw, a bird found nowhere else in the world. Kenya has 1075 bird species, and holds the world record for the largest number of birds seen in a 24-hr period. Kenya’s numerous bird species are attracting an increasing number of ornithologists and bird watchers.

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