Kenyan Coast & Islands

Travel east of the Maasai Mara to some of the most celebrated beaches and coral reefs Africa has to offer.

Getting There

East of the Mara is best accessed from Nairobi, be it a short 40-minute flight to the Amboseli / Tsavo ecosystem, a longer hop to the Kenyan Coast or Zanzibar, or a 3-hour international flight to the Seychelles – all of which can allow for same-day travel if departing from the Mara that morning.

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Highlights

Safari Adventures Not To Be Missed

Where to Stay

Partners We Love

All these partner properties have been handpicked by the Angama Safaris team because of the exceptional experiences and high standards they consistently deliver, making each an exceptional destination in an East African Safari.

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Baggage Allowances

Please note that all scheduled flights carry a luggage restriction of 15kg per person in soft bags, including carry-ons. The acceptance of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the airline but some offer the option to purchase an additional freight seat for luggage weighing up to 75kg.

Currency & Payments

In Tanzania, the local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS). To get an up-to-date rate of exchange, we recommend visiting Oanda.com

USD $ are widely accepted, though you may have some trouble with notes of larger denomination or those issued prior to the year 2000. At certain bank branches USD $ are available over the counter, but are not available for withdrawal from ATMs

We recommend travelling with some USD $ in cash, for any eventuality, and in multiple denominations

Many local restaurants will accept USD $, though prices are shown in Shillings and typically inclusive of all taxes and levies

All major credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diner’s Club etc

Gratuities are entirely at guests’ discretion and are not included in Angama Safaris quotes. There is no hard and fast rule for this, and tipping recommendations vary from property to property across the country.

Responsible Travelling

We are delighted you have chosen to travel to East Africa. You will meet some wonderful people during your stay and be amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone is towards visitors. It almost goes without saying but please be sensitive to others and aware of local customs. Should you wish to take a photograph of someone, please ask permission beforehand. Generally the answer is yes but sometimes it comes with a request for a small donation. While theft is not very common, please take responsibility for the safety of your valuables by keeping them in a money belt or a hotel / lodge safe. Please take caution when in the urban areas, especially at night. We kindly request that you do not bring sweets for the children. In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.

Safety

We are often asked, understandably, by travellers ‘how safe will I be?’ It is a good question to ask and simply put the answer is that Angama Safaris will do all and more to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your possessions every step of your journey. We have teams on the ground in Nairobi, at our lodge in the Maasai Mara and in Johannesburg all of whom are on call 24/7. As a lodge operator in Africa with over 25 years of operational experience in the safari business across 6 countries we know that keeping our guests safe is paramount. We have done, and continue to do this, day in and day out. Angama Safaris applies the same stringent adherences to safety as does the Angama Mara lodge team. Should you have any specific questions in this regard please ask your travel planner.

Packing Recommendations

Comfortable cotton clothing

Both long and short sleeve shirts, shorts and trousers

Comfortable walking shoes

Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block, lip balm

Bathing suit

A jacket and/or warm fleece – layers are always good as it can be cold at altitude

An extra pair of reading glasses (if you need ‘em)

Camera, binoculars, extra memory cards, charging equipment

Yellow Fever Vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for entry to Kenya.

Travellers arriving from an endemic country will be required to present a valid yellow fever certificate for all travellers older than one year

Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have a yellow fever certificate for entry

Yellow fever certificates now have a lifetime validity

Malaria Protection

Kenya is classified as a malaria area. We recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling. Insect repellent is provided at all Angama properties and at most lodges in the region, please confirm for your specific itinerary.

Vaccinations

Tanzania and Kenya are two of the many African countries where yellow fever is endemic, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who are arriving from other countries classified in the endemic zone (much of Africa and Latin America). Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have the vaccination in order to leave Kenya. Although there are many areas that are considered low-risk, malaria does exist in East Africa, and we recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling.

Kenya Entry Requirements

There are no visa requirements for any traveller visiting Kenya. To enter Kenya you will need:

An approved Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). All foreign travellers, including infants and children, must have an approved Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) prior to travel to Kenya

The eTA must be applied for through the online portal (https://etakenya.go.ke). Your eTA is valid for 90 days from the date of issuance

An eTA fee is applicable for many nationalities including the US and UK

An eTA is not required if you have a valid East African Tourist Visa (EATV) for travel to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, recommended with at least two blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)

Passport holders from the following EAC countries are exempted from applying for an eTA: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Tanzania Entry Requirements

A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, with at least three consecutive blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)

Visas are required for visitors from many countries, including the UK and the US

Visas for Tanzania are available upon entry at all official entry points or in advance from a Tanzania Mission abroad (recommended)

Ordinary / Tourist visas cost US$ 100 for American citizens, and US$ 50 for other nationalities, and applications must be accompanied by two recent passport sized photographs

Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, and more information please see the website of Tanzania’s Ministry of Home Affairs, or the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington DC

Travel Insurance

All guests staying at Angama properties are covered for Emergency Medical Evacuation by air to a Nairobi hospital — from there onwards all medical costs are for the traveller’s own expense

We recommend purchasing travel insurance at the time of booking to ensure you are covered for the unexpected. The insurance should include coverage for trip delay, trip interruption, trip cancellation, emergency medical and emergency evacuation/repatriation, as well as baggage delay and loss

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