Kenya

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Kenya Airways commence flights to Kilimanjaro

Kenya Airways is now flying direct from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro.  Out 58th route takes you from the inner city to the top of the world.  Not only is Africa’s highest mountain range perfect for adrenaline hunters seeking new heights in breathtaking adventure, it’s also thriving with tourism and business activities.  And with good baggage capacity and in-flight comfort, the Embraer 170 will make sure you arrive feeling on top of the world…

Fly from the UK to Kilimanjaro with Kenyan Airways

Kenya Airways has now started flying direct from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro.  This is the airlines 58th route.  Ideal for Kilimanjaro climbers, the route is also perfect for safaris on the Tanzanian northern circuit including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Map of Kenya

Events in Kenya

Event Occurs Description
Mombasa Cultural Carnival November Each year, Mombasa celebrates it’s great wealth of cultural resources with a Cultural Carnival. Held in November, the carnival is a good chance to see artists and musicians from all over Kenya. The highlight of the Carnival is a lively street parade with members of all of the city’s many cultures and communities participating.

Plugs and Electric in Kenya

Electricity

Voltage

240 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

3 pin, rectangular blade plus (as used in the United Kingdom).

Flights in Kenya

Kenya has a good network of domestic flights, with carriers including Kenya Airways, Air Kenya, Mombasa Air Safari, Fly 540, Safarilink. and East African Safari Air. These airlines service the coast, major game parks and Western Kenya. Domestic air taxes are included in ticket or charter costs.

There are many domestic air charter operations in Kenya. These companies offer individual or group charter in a range of aircraft. Air charter is an ideal way of visiting remote areas, or avoiding long drives. Most charter companies will charge a set rate for a journey, regardless of the number of passengers. There are many private and public airstrips throughout the country which are accessible to charter companies.

Flights from UK to Kenya

Kenya has three international airports: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi; Moi International Airport at Mombasa and Moi International Airport at Eldoret. These airports service numerous international carriers including the national airline Kenya Airways. Kenya has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, USA and Africa.

Kenya Airways flights from United Kingdom to Kenya

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Kenya Airways fly direct at least once a day from London Heathrow to Nairobi, with onward connections to Mombasa. Flight time from London Heathrow to Nairobi is approximately 8 hours 30 minutes, to Mombasa approximately 11 hours depending on connection times.

British Airways flights from United Kingdom to Kenya

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British Airways fly direct once or twice a day from London Heathrow to Nairobi. With onward connections to Mombasa available on Kenya Airways. Flight times from London Heathrow to Nairobi are approximately 8 hours 25 minutes, to Mombasa approximately 11 hours depending on connection times.

Virgin Atlantic flights from United Kingdom to Kenya

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Virgin Atlantic Airways fly direct once a day from London Heathrow to Nairobi, with onward connections to Mombasa on ‘Five Fourty Aviation’. Flight times from London Heathrow to Nairobi are approximately 8 hours 55 minutes, to Mombasa approximately 12 1/4 hours depending on connection times.

Ethiopian Airlines flights from United Kingdom to Kenya

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Ethiopian Airlines offer flights three times a week from London Heathrow to Nairobi with a connection in Addis Ababa. The flight time is a minimum of 12 hours depending on flight connections.

First Choice flights from United Kingdom to Kenya

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First Choice Airlines offer direct flights from London Gatwick to Mombasa once a week. Flight time is approximately 9 hours 5 minutes.

Kenya Culture and Traditions

About 10% of Kenyans are Muslim and some towns have mosques and Muslim schools. You should remove your shoes if planning on entering any Muslim religious sites. Tipping is now a part of life in Kenya for those working in the hospitality industry, such as porters, waiters, drivers and guides.

Weather in Kenya

Kenya is generally a dry country – over 75% of its area is classed as arid of semi-arid with only around 20% being viable for agriculture. Inland, rainfall and temperatures are closely related to altitude changes, with variations induced by local topography. Generally the climate is warm and humid at the coast, cool and humid in the central highlands, and hot and dry in the north and east. Across most of the country, rainfall is strongly seasonal, although its pattern, timing and extent vary greatly from place to place and from year to year. The relatively wet coastal belt along the Indian Ocean receives 1,000 mm or more rain per year. Most rain falls from April to July as a result of the southeasterly monsoon.

Another moist belt occurs in the Lake Victoria basin and its surrounding scarps and uplands, mainly due to moist westerly winds originating over the Atlantic Ocean and Congo Basin. Except immediately adjacent to the Lake, rainfall occurs reliably from March to November. The upland plateau adjacent to this area are less influenced by the lake, and rain falls mainly in March-May and July-September. In much of the central highlands, there is also a bimodal rainfall pattern, with rainy seasons in March-May and October-December.

The remaining 70% or so of the land area falls into the ‘arid lowlands’ zone (NRI 1996), with rainfall averaging less than 500 mm and varying greatly from year to year. Rainfall peaks in most areas are in November and April. Some 30% of this zone can be classed as semi-desert, with rainfall averaging less than 300 mm per year and evaporation often greater that 3,000 mm.

Except for the coast and Lake Victoria region, altitude is the main determinant of precipitation. The high-attitude areas (over c. 1,500 m) in the central Kenya highlands usually have substantial rainfall, reaching over 2,000 mm per year in parts of the Mau Escarpment. However, topography also has a major influence, with strong rain-shadow effects east of Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare mountains. Here, even areas higher than 1,800 m may be relatively dry. In the arid lowlands the peaks of isolated mountains attract cloud and mist, and may support very different vegetation to that of the surrounding plains.

Differences in temperature vary predictably with altitude. Frost occurs regularly at 3,000 m and occasionally down to at least 2,400 m, and there is permanent snow and ice on top of Mt. Kenya at 5,200 m. The hottest areas are in the arid northeast, and west of Lake Turkana, where mean maximum temperatures average over 34 C.

Seasonality

If planning to travel to Kenya on safari it would be wise to avoid travelling during the main rainy season. If you are considering travelling to the Masai Marafor the ‘Great Migration’, do consider that it will be very busy with many vehicles on the circuit. Balance this against the opportunity of seeing one of the planet’s greatest movements of wildlife. Christmas and Easter are also busy times so it will pay to book early during these periods.

Best Time to Visit Kenya

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

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