JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NAIROBI The airport is about half an hour's drive from Nairobi city centre, depending on traffi c. Taxis are readily available, but establish the fare before getting in. Kenatco taxis work on a fi xed rate using reliable and clean vehicles. 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 offi ces 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 Offi ces or from International Call Offi ces. 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 cafes are increasingly USEFUL TIPS 192 msafi ri 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 fi rst 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. TIPPING 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 fi ltered water. Water is precious; your help in using it sparingly is appreciated. llON ARRIVAL llGETTING AROUND llYOUR WELLBEING llMONEY MATTERS llGENERAL llKEEPING IN TOUCH THE TAMARIND DHOW Dinner on the Tamarind Dhow that sails on Mombasa's Tudor Creek is a memorable experience, and the billowing white sails, beautiful sunset and night- time views of Mombasa's old town and Fort Jesus create a superb atmosphere. White- gloved waiters welcome you on board with a dawa speciality and is sautéed with turmeric and saffron and served with coconut sauce in Swahili style, while lobster and prawns are grilled over charcoal. It's rounded off by Kenya coffee, tropical fruit, and perhaps dancing on deck as the dhow drifts gently back to shore. ? Tamarind Dhow, Silo Rd, Nyali, Mombasa ? Tel: + 254 ( 0) 20 474600 ? dhow@ tamarindmsa. co. ke ? www. tamarinddhow. com ? US$ 70 dinner, daily 6.30pm. (' medicine' in Kiswahili), a cocktail of vodka, honey and lime, and candlelit tables are set outside on deck. Fresh seafood is naturally a ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??