Kenya is located in East Africa and has a population of 34.7 million people. The country is regarded as the "jewel of East Africa" as it holds a startling beauty and diversity like no other destination. Kenya is divided into four main regions: the deserts of the north, savannah lands to the south, the lowlands along the coast and the highlands in the west. Not only do these regions offer their own landscapes, from arid desert scapes to the golden sands, coral reefs and rainforests, but also, Kenya is unmatched in wildlife and is one of the best places in Africa to see lions, elephants, leopards and wildebeest. The national language of Kenya is Kiswahili, although English is the official language. There are also over 42 ethnic languages spoken.

Medical tourism

For a full list of available treatments in Kenya, please refer to the search box to the right.

Best time to travel

The coastal areas of Kenya have a tropical climate, while the lowlands are hot and dry and the highlands are temperate. The main tourist season is in January and February when it is hot and dry- also the best time of year to view the wildlife. June through to October is also a great time to visit as the annual wildebeest migration takes place. These times of year, along with Christmas and Easter, are generally busy and prices may be a little higher. March through to May is the low season, with limited wildlife viewing and when the mosquitoes keep a lot of tourists away.

Money and costs

The national currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES, symbol KSh) and mid- range travellers can expect to spend around KSh3500 per day. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Visas are required by most nationals, including those from the USA, Canada, UK, Europe (except Cyprus) and Australia. In some cases these visas can be obtained on entry into Kenya for a small fee. Visas are valid for up to three months from the date of issue and extension can be requested by contacting the Immigration department.

Getting there

The main points of entry for Kenya are through the airports in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Dialling codes

To call Kenya, the country dialling code is +254.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Kenya at:

Lonely Planet -​kenya

Kenyan Ministry of Tourism -

Kenya Embassy in the USA -

Kenya Embassy in the UK -

Something here not quite right? Please contact us so we can update this destination and links.

Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011