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How do we organize our family tour to Kenya?

This is our family's first trip to Kenya. We have booked our accommodation and safari. I want to know how to make the best of this vacation.What is the climate like in Kenya in December? What are the vaccinations required to enter Kenya? Are there any regulations we should know about to get through customs?

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Karibu Kenya! Welcome to Kenya. I am sure you will have a wonderful holiday in December.
The climate around that time is generally hot & dry in-country (Nairobi, most national parks) and very hot & humid at the Coast.
Vaccinations really depend on the country where you are residing. Advice and requirements really differ from country to country. Better than asking local Kenyans, you should inquire with a Tropical Health Clinic or likewise in your country of origin. Apart from vaccinations, seek good medical advice regarding the prevention of malaria.
Kenyan customs are just like customs anywhere in the world. If you are arriving by plane and pack your luggage according to the airline company's regulations, you should have no problem passing customs. In case you want to obtain your visa upon arrival (whether this is possible depends on your nationality), just make sure you have the visa fees with you in new US dollar notes (i.e. printed after 2001).

Any more specific questions - please do not hesitate to ask, I will be happy to help you.
Hi,
December is OK very warm especially on beaches, you need yellow fever vaccine but check on Kenya consular around for latest update especially know there out breaks all over.welcome to Kenya you will never regret it.thanks
david
Hi You are in for a fantastic time and experience as thats what Kenya will give you. Weather in December very hot but carry a light cardigan as evenings can be cool and depending which part of Kenya you will be visiting.

Ensure you have the following Vaccination: Yellow Fever , always safe to have cholera and Hepatites. Be sure you also get malaria protection medication for you and the family. A good insect repelant cream or spray could also be very handy. Have a good visit.
It would be great to visit Kenya during that period and as has been said, Vaccination or other safety health precuations are based on the country you are coming from and the issues at the time of travel. To me again it is also important to get some of this details on the current affairs dispatch and or phone calls to the specific people with which you details or emails. But, if you have booked yourself that means you are set. the only thing is if you were interested in some specific area that would be discussed indepth. See you then then if we will be in contact.
Ken
Kenya is fantatistic in December , it is holiday mood to visitors and locals alike. For customs and current vaccinations or innoculations please log on . For proffessional tour and safari guiding contact
Hi,karibu sana Kenya,much welcomed to visit Kenya.Weather is warm in most parts of the country during the month of December.Vaccination required to enter Kenya includes the one for Yellow Fever and Malaria.Much welcomed to visit Kenya..
Thanks and welcome to Kenya,the land of beauty and warm hospitality.Around December the weather is very conducive for tourism and is hot and dry.The coastal town of Mombasa around December is hot and humid and most people travel there to enjoy the sand beaches. About vaccinations,taking anti malaria drugs is good but its not a must.The environment is good and there are no diseases that makes one to e and enjoy Kenya and feel free.In case you need any additional information please contact me on:
Thank you and kind regards
njuguna
The climate here in December is pretty warm up in the highlands and hot down at the coast and in lower altitude parks.
Where exactly have you booked your safaris? I could give you more specific information for maximizing your experience if I knew where you were going. There are so many different climates, cultures and types of wildlife in different parts of the country, that it does make a difference.
If you're heading to the coast or near Lake Victoria, you'll definitely need to start taking Malaria medication. Forget Doxycycline. It causes hypersensitivity to the sun for most people. So you'll feel pain and exhaustion when you go into the sun. Forget Mephaquin. It causes hallucinations and weird dreams for some people. No need to take that risk. It also just masks the symptoms instead of preventing the disease.
Malarone is the best anti-malarial you can take. Its the most effective, with the least side-effects. It also runs a short course, so you won't have to take it for weeks afterwards.
Yellow fever vaccinations are recommended, but not required. Same with Cholera. I don't want to scare you, but rabies would be a good idea too.
Make sure you have hats and sunblock. Like I said, it's hot at that time of year.
BRING BINOCULARS!! Not all your tour operators will provide them for you. Our wildlife parks are not zoos. You don't always get the opportunity to get right up close to the animals.
DO NOT BUY ANY WILDLIFE PRODUCTS! They are illegal. This includes any curios or jewelry with shells attached. Those shells are being picked up off our beaches and coral reefs, causing permanent damage. It also includes bracelets made from elephant hair and anything made from Ivory.
Come with a SENSE OF ADVENTURE. This is Africa. Things don't always go according to plan, but you'll always have a story to tell when you get home.
Don't only do the tourist circuit. If you can experience Kenya as Kenyans experience it, your experience will be 100 times richer. Eat at cheaper restaurants. Spend some time in Nairobi.
When in Nairobi, don't wear a fanny pack visible around your waist. You'll be advertising that you're a tourist with lots of money. Not only will you be harassed by street sellers, but you'll also make yourself a target for pickpockets. Walk around downtown like you have a purpose. The more you loiter, looking confused, the more touristy you look.
But really, just come with a good attitude and be ready to have a good time. Very few people ever come to Kenya who do not want to come back.
ENJOY YOUR TIME!
Hey friend you are just about to have an experience that you you will treasure fore ever, majorly yellow fever test is required or rather depending on that season contact your immagration consular and you will be able to have updates in regard to any other notifications. During december the whether is fantastic though a bit hot but arm your self with swiming costumes if you are to visit the Kenyan coast its pretty hot around these region. Its great to have you in our country. If you have any other activities to attend to contact us through thanks for your choice to visit Kenya.
Visiting Kenya was a wonderful choice and i can bet that you will have a great experience. Kenya is generally dry with scanty rainfalls during the month of December. Its hotter and more humid in the coast than inland. The month of December is the favourite for many visitors especially from Europe and North America and basically the upper northern hemisphere as its usually cold. So if you are coming from these regions, be sure that coming to Kenya will be the wisest escape from the cold temperatures at home.

Welcome to Kenya and Feel at home. Its a second home.
jambo,
The climate you will encounter around that time is welcoming and in deed you will enjoy because its not very dry and not rainy,the beach will be very beautiiful around that time.
First time visitors should be wary of malaria,yellow-fever,cholera and related water borne diseases so if necessary one should be vaccinated accordnily.Getting through customs won't be a problem depending on the country of origin,just be prepared with the necessary documents and new dollar bills i.e 2001 bills you will be good to go,enjoy your stay in our beautiful country.
regards,
lore.
Hi
The climate in December is warm in most of the country.

First time visitors should be wary of malaria,yellow-fever,cholera and related water borne diseases so if necessary one should be vaccinated accordingly.Getting through customs won't be a problem depending on the country of origin,just be prepared with the necessary documents and enjoy your stay in our beautiful country.
regards,
Monica.
Hi!Karibu Kenya. the weather in December is warm and is full of several activties. You will need several vaccinations mainly yellow fever, antimalaria. check with your travel agent.the regulations here on customs are similar to around the world. AGAIN Karibu and please feel free to ask more aquestions.
Rose
Welcome to Kenya.Weather will be warm.For customs and current vaccinations or innoculations please log on .
Karibu Kenya
For any special regulations through the customs, I think that really depends on the country of origin. If you are from a developed country, you wont have a problem.
For the weather, i think its the best in the world. Always friendly. Welcome to Kenya.
In December the climate is warm though in the evening it gets chilly. You will be having morning game drive and I do suggest you bring in warm cloths for evening wear.
Yellow fever vaccination is a requirement to enter Kenya.

No special requirement to go through Immigration. If you already have a visa, the process will take less time and usually smooth.
In addition to the previous submission to your answer I could wish to include this information for you. We have an experienced veteran who is our director and indeed he has travelled and worked for British Airways he has diverse experience and you can contact him We shall be glad to have you to Kenya Thank you.
In addition to the previous submission to your answer I could wish to include this information for you. We have an experienced veteran who is our director and indeed he has travelled and worked for British Airways he has diverse experience and you can contact him We shall be glad to have you to Kenya Thank you.
Welcome to Kenya, am sure you and your family will enjoy, for vaccinations, will depend on the country you are coming from, you may need yellow fever vaccinations and also Malaria, for customs regulations, please log on to , you will get more. Cheers and welcome
Free advice, in case you go to the Maasai Mara, do not intend to stay longer than 4days. the first two days are usually extremely exciting, then the 3rd day it starts repeating the routing but it is a place that you must visit when you come to kenya. how will you know you came to kenya without seeing the wildlife.
Thanks for your email. Kenya is a great place to be, especially in December. For a family trip, I would suggest a safari + beach extension, something like this:
2 Days at Sweetwaters (for chimps), 2 Days at Nakuru (for birds) 2 Days in Lake Naivasha (for walking safari + boat rode) & 3 Days in Maasai Mara (for diversity of wild animals[big 5]) then fly to Mombasa (south coast) 4 Days (for relaxation). Therefore a 9 Days trip in Kenya will be very excerting for you/your family.
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Regards
Bernard

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