Kenya Travel Guide



1 Kenya shilling = 100 cents. Currency abbreviation: KSh, KES (ISO code). Banknotes are in circulation to the denomination of 1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 KSh; Coins worth 20, 10, 5 and 1 KSh. There is also a 40 shilling coin, which is rare.

Credit cards

American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, travel agencies, safari tour operators and restaurants. You can withdraw cash with credit cards (especially with Visa) at numerous ATMs, which are increasingly found at petrol stations in cities. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.


ec / Maestro card / Sparcard

EC cards with Maestro or Cirrus symbols are accepted at ATMs worldwide. ATMs can be found in all major cities, and increasingly at petrol stations. EC cards are mainly accepted at Barclays Bank ATMs. The daily limit for withdrawals is currently KSh 40,000. The EC card is not suitable for cashless payment.

Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

Bank opening times

Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Some banks are also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Many branches now have ATMs that are accessible around the clock. National and international banks have branches in most of the major cities.

Foreign exchange regulations

The importation of the national currency must be declared for an amount equivalent to US $ 5,000 or more (origin and intended use must be documented). The import of foreign currency, as well as the export of the national and foreign currencies is unlimited.

Currency Exchange

Possible in all major banks, in money exchange offices and in authorized hotels. Beware of black marketeers. Money can be changed 24 hours a day at the airport banks at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) and Moi International Airport. Exchange must be confirmed each time on the foreign exchange form; Foreign exchange offenses are severely punished. It is currently best to avoid changing money at Nairobi International Airport (NBO), as criminal gangs often watch travelers in the airport and pursue them if they are obviously carrying valuables and cash.



Swahili and English; in addition, over 30 African languages are spoken, including Kikuyu, Luo and Maasai.



The following items can be imported into Kenya duty-free (people over 18 years of age):

250 grams of tobacco products;
1 liter of spirits or 2 liters of wine;
1 liter of perfume and eau de toilette (no more than 250 ml of perfume).

Gifts that cannot exceed the equivalent of US $ 500.
The declaration of valuables is recommended.

Prohibited imports

Firearms and ammunition (only with police authorization), CS gas and pepper spray, drugs, pornographic material, toy and fake weapons, fruits, plants and plant seeds.

Prohibited exports

Gold, diamonds. The export of animal skins and other hunting trophies is prohibited without authorization from the Kenyan government agency.



You can buy khanga, kitenge and kikoi clothing on Bishara Street in Nairobi and Mombasa, as well as in the markets. In a particularly good cooperative in Machakos are naturally colored Kiondos bags with strong leather straps available. Wood carvings, batik work, pearl jewelry and stone work are also nice souvenirs. The sale of souvenirs made from wild skins (including reptile skins and pelts) is prohibited.

Shop opening times:
Mon-Sat 8.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.-5.30 p.m.




Many hotels in Nairobi are of the highest international standard. There are also inexpensive hotels. Hotel bills must be paid in a foreign currency or via a foreign account.

The accommodations are divided into four groups: city hotels, holiday hotels, country hotels and lodges. Within these groups, the classification is based on the service offered and the facilities available. The categorization is based on strict criteria that reflect comfort, service, sanitary facilities and security. Further information from the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers & Caterers, Mombasa Road, Heidelberg House, 2nd Floor, PO Box 9977, 00100 Nairobi. Tel: (20) 60 44 19. (Internet:


Camping is not officially prohibited anywhere in Kenya, a country located in Africa according to aceinland, but it can be dangerous in remote areas. You have to reckon with wild animals and shifta (armed bandits), the latter are particularly common in the far north of the country. A list of campsites is available from the Tourist Office.

Other accommodation options

In all major cities. More information from the Youth Hostel Association: Kenya Youth Hostels Association, Ralgh Bunche Road, PO Box 48661, Nairobi. Tel: (02) 72 17 65. (Internet:

Kenya Travel Guide