For a country of its size, Kenya sure packs a lot in: mountains and deserts, colourful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs, and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions. In fact, to say Kenya is Africa in microcosm would not be stretching the point. There are a million different reasons to go there, and picking just one is nigh impossible. During your windsurf holiday to Kenya you can explore stunning landscapes, from Kakamegas rainforests to Indian Ocean beaches by way of Mt Kenya National Park; the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea. Kenya offers a great holiday destination for the watersport enthusiast as you can snorkel, dive, Kitesurf and Windsurf in most of the Kenya resorts. Windsurfing holidays in Kenya are mostly focused around Nyali Beach and Diani Beach. Generally there is not a huge amount of windsurfing equipment in these resorts and the equipment tends to be a mixture of new and older gear. A windsurfing holiday to Kenya is best considered as part of a tailor made tour to combine wildlife safaris, trekking and beach holiday. Planet Windsurf Holidays have many years experience in East Africa arranging luxury tailor made tours.
Kenya’s diverse geography means that temperature, rainfall and humidity vary widely, but there are effectively four distinct zones. The hot, rainy plateau of western Kenya has rainfall throughout the year. The temperate Rift Valley and Central Highlands have perhaps the most agreeable climate in the country. Average temperatures vary from a minimum of 10°C to 14°C to a maximum of 22°C to 28°C. In the semiarid bushlands of northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. The consistently humid coast region has rainfall averages from 20mm in February to around 300mm in May. The main tourist season is in January and February, when the weather is hottest and driest. At this time, the animals in the wildlife parks tend to congregate more around the watercourses, making them easier to spot.
The World Health Organization recommends that all travelers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as for hepatitis B, regardless of their destination. A great time to ensure that all routine vaccination cover is complete is when you are planning your travel. The consequences of these diseases can be severe, and outbreaks of them do occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following vaccinations are recommended for Kenya: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis, rabies and typhoid, and boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, polio and measles. It is also advisable to be vaccinated against yellow fever.
UK / EU passport holders should have a full 10 year passport valid until at least 6 months after date of return. A visa can be purchased on arrival at Mombasa airport. Other passport holders please check with Kenya Embassy (020 7636 2371). You will require a full Kenyan visa for entry into Mombasa. The easiest way to get it is on arrival at Mombasa Airport where it will cost £30.
Travelling in Kenya can cost as much or as little as you like, depending on what kind of standards you’re happy with. The unit of currency is the Kenyan shilling (KSh). Locally, the shilling is commonly known as a ‘bob’, after the old English term for a one-shilling coin. Virtually all banks in Kenya now have ATMs at most branches, but their usefulness to travellers varies widely. Barclays Bank has easily the most reliable machines for international withdrawals, with a large network of ATMs covering most major Kenyan towns. They support MasterCard, Visa, Plus and Cirrus international networks. Credit cards are becoming increasingly popular, with old fraud-friendly, fully manual swipe machines slowly being replaced by electronic systems. Cash is easy and quick to exchange at banks and forex bureaus, but carries a higher risk of theft. On the other hand, travellers cheques are replaceable, but are increasingly less widely accepted, and often carry high commission charges.