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Flights and getting around Kenya: Airports, prices, transfers and taxis

With stunning beaches, glorious weather, welcoming locals and, of course, the world famous Masai Mara reserve which plays host to a leg of the spectacular and phenomenal annual Serengeti Migration – a moving mass of animals unlike anything else in the world – Kenya is rapidly growing into one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.


Getting Around Kenya


The beauty of enjoying tailor-made holidays to Kenya is that they can be adapted to suit your exact specifications. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, culture or luxury, Kenya has it all.



Though its popularity is undoubtedly growing, Kenya is also relatively unfamiliar to a lot of people. Travelling to exotic, far-flung places is, without question, incredibly exciting. However, it can also be worrying and unnerving if things start to go wrong. You’ll never feel further from home than when you’re stranded in unfamiliar territory, unsure of which way to turn.



Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid such circumstances arising, the most important of which is to prepare. There are three international airports in Kenya, the main one being Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi which can be reached directly from many European cities, including Rome, Paris and London.



It’s worth knowing that there is no public bus or shuttle services that run to any of the airports in Kenya so it is best to book and arrange your transfers before you go. Safari package holidays, for example, will usually include transport from the airport to your destination.



Taxis to areas in Nairobi from JKIA usually cost between £5 and £15. However, the traffic is notoriously bad so expect even short journeys to take one to three hours to complete.



One of the best ways of getting around Kenya is by aeroplane. The domestic flight network is extensive and all of the parks and reserves can be reached from Nairobi via the air.



For shorter journeys, it is always worth booking a taxi through your hotel reception, rather than relying on your hailing and haggling skills in the bustling city centres. Tuctucs are an environmentally friendly alternative which also only cost about half the price of a motorised vehicle ride.



Tipping is altogether simpler to get the hang of. Essentially, it is the same as in England. In a restaurant, you would generally be expected to tip 10 per cent of the final bill unless a service charge has already been included.



When on a safari holiday, it is common practice to tip the driver and /or guide approximately £5 per day from each person or couple. At some of the more luxurious safari camps, you may also find this tipping courtesy is expected to be extended to the spotter and other hotel staff.



A holiday in Kenya is sure to live long in the memory thanks to the unique experiences and opportunities it provides. Knowing your destination before you travel ensures you are free of unnecessary worries, stresses and concerns and can get on with enjoying your adventure.

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