False spinner’s web kenya ltd JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NAIROBI The airport is about half an hour’s drive from Nairobi city centre. Taxis are readily available, but establish the fare before getting in. Kenatco taxis work on a fixed rate using reliable and clean vehicles, as do the black London- style cabs. MOI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MOMBASA The airport is about 10 minutes from the city centre. Allow an extra half an hour for your journey to the south coast because of the ferry crossing. VISAS Most visitors to Kenya require a visa. Multiple and single entry visas are available. Applications can be made at any Kenya High Commission or Embassy prior to travelling. The single entry visa ( obtainable upon arrival) is US$ 50 ( correct at time of printing) or the equivalent in local currency. LOST LUGGAGE Visit the Lost Luggage desk in the baggage hall before going through customs. SELF- DRIVE Most international car hire companies operate in Kenya ( with offices at the airport). Vehicles travel on the left- hand side of the road and most cars are right-hand drive. A current driving licence with photograph is accepted for up to a three month’s stay. PUBLIC TRANSPORT City buses operate at reasonably low rates. Fares are paid to the conductor. Matatus – private minibuses – are abundant but usually overcrowded. POST OFFICES Open 8am- 5pm weekdays, 9am- 12pm on Saturdays. TELEPHONE SERVICES Public pay phones ( card and coin) are automated. Phone cards may be bought from Post Offices or from International Call Offices. International calls out can be dialled direct ( code 000) or operator assisted ( dial 0195/ 6). MOBILE PHONES Use either Safaricom or Celtel. All major urban areas and many coastal regions have reception. Pay As You Go SIM cards are readily available. INTERNET Internet cafés are increasingly USEFUL TIPS 192 msafiri TRAVEL INFORMATION For residents and visitors to Kenya - all you need to know… common. Emails can also be sent from most hotels, as can faxes and telexes. CURRENCY Kenyan Shilling ( Ksh), currently around Ksh72.45 per US$. CURRENCY REGULATIONS There are no restrictions on the movement of currency into or out of Kenya for currency transactions. BANKING Foreign currency can be changed at banks, foreign currency bureaux or hotels. Banks are open from 9am- 3pm Monday to Friday, and 9am- 11am on the first and last Saturday of each month. Banks in coastal towns open and close half an hour earlier. Some airport banks stay open 24/ 7. ATMS 24- hour access to your account can be found at most ATMs countrywide. Most accept international VISA cards. CREDIT CARDS All major international cards are accepted. TRAVELLER’S CHEQUES TCs are accepted at most banks, bureaux and hotels. HOTEL BILL PAYMENT This can usually be paid in shillings or convertible foreign currency. EMERGENCY SERVICES 911 HOSPITAL Nairobi and Mombasa have good hospitals offering a casualty service. MEDICAL EXPENSES Even with insurance cover, consultations and treatment will have to be paid for and the cost claimed back later. VOLTAGE All regions in Kenya are supplied with 240 volts AC. The plug in use throughout Kenya is of the three square- pin, 13- amp type. SECURITY It is a sensible precaution not to walk alone in isolated towns or beach areas, particularly after dark. Use common sense to prevent opportunistic theft. TIPING Tipping is appreciated. Most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge. WATER The water in most city hotels is usually safe for drinking. However, if in doubt, bottled water is available. Most safari lodges provide filtered water. Water is precious; your help in using it sparingly is appreciated. llON ARRIVAL llGETTING AROUND llYOUR WELLBEING llMONEY MATTERS llGENERAL llKEEPING IN TOUCHIf you’re looking for some well- made, fairly priced and traditional Kenyan arts and crafts then Spinner’s Web in Westlands Nairobi should be your first stop. Spinner’s Web prides itself on marketing and selling quality produced, eco- friendly, innovative artisan goods to a wide customer base. This philosophy ensures that the small and medium enterprise producers earn a sustained income enabling them to grow and develop, alleviating poverty. So go ahead and treat yourself to some beautiful weavings, pottery, soft furnishings or ornaments, in the sure knowledge that the artists themselves will directly benefit. Spinner’s Web Kenya Ltd, Viking House, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi. Q http:// spinnerswebkenya. com Q Tel:+ 254 ( 0) 20 4440882 Q email: spinweb@ wananchi. com ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??