Your health and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. We highly recommend that you contact your Medical Practitioner / GP at least 8 weeks prior to your trip for the most up to health advice. The Information below is to be used as a guide only.
Do I need vaccinations for Kenya?
Yes, vaccinations are highly recommended for Africa. You should seek medical advice before you travel to ensure that all the appropriate recommended vaccinations are up to date. Your GP should be able to advise you for your own personal circumstances. Alternatively, dedicated travel health organisations such as MASTA with clinics throughout the UK, can advise and administer a personalised travel vaccination plan. Visit their website at: http://www.masta-travel-health.com/
The current recommended list of vaccinations is:
- Courses or boosters usually advised: diphtheria; tetanus; poliomyelitis; typhoid; hepatitis A.
- Vaccines sometimes advised: meningococcal meningitis; hepatitis B; rabies; cholera; yellow fever.
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission.
What about Malaria?
Although the coast of Kenya is within a Malaria risk area, there are precautions that can be taken to ensure you are not affected.
Avoid mosquito bites – it can be done! Cover up with clothing whenever you can, especially after sunset. If you can’t, wear a good DEET repellent on exposed skin. To help you sleep peacefully during your stay without worrying about bites, all our luxurious beds have mosquito nets.
We also recommend anti-malarial tablets and urge you to speak to your doctor or Travel Health Clinic about suitable options such as Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone®) and mefloquine.
Anti-malarials should be taken as advised by your medical professional. Courses usually start before you travel and continue after you return. They should also be taken regularly and preferably at meal times.
Is travel insurance advised?
We would always recommend you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. You may also like to register with AMREF flying doctors service at http://www.flydoc.org
To reach Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge from outside Africa, you fly to the capital Nairobi. Within Nairobi, you transfer to Wilson Airport before boarding a light aircraft for a short, incredible flight with amazing views to the Mara. If you are booking independent domestic flights within Kenya to the Masai Mara, request Serena airstrip as your destination. Here you will be meet by a member of our team for the spectacular transfer and game drive to the resort.
As an ATOL registered travel provider, we can tailor make your package to include the best flight options and local transfers. We can also arrange a stopover in Nairobi if necessary, here we partner with leading hotels in the area and will provide full details at the time of booking.
If you wish to book your flights separately, you can use our Expedia flight search at the top of the page to check the latest availability and prices. Or visit the airlines directly:
FROM THE UK TO KENYA
WITHIN KENYA: NAIROBI TO MOMBASA AND MALINDI
*Fly to Malindi as well as Mombasa
WITHIN KENYA: NAIROBI TO MARA
Transfers from the local airport are included
For your comfort and convenience, our private cars will take you to and from your final destination airport in Kenya. With our Gold Service, we can also arrange personal transfers between Nairobi and the local airports on the coast or in the Mara.
Foreign Nationals need a visa to enter Kenya. This Visa can be obtained in advance from the Kenya High Commission in London or upon arrival into Kenya. For more information on the application process, costs and timing, please click here to visit their website.
Alternatively you can buy a single entry visa at the airport upon arrival. This will mean queuing in line after a long haul flight. If you choose to purchase your visa at the airport, ensure you have cash to make payment, GBP and US Dollars are accepted. For further information, please visit the Kenya High Commission website.
Current Visa Application fees when paying upon arrival in Nairobi since 1st July 2011 are stated as: Single Entry Visa – £30/$50. All children are now required to obtain an entry Visa.
Your Passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival.
This above information is subject to change without prior notification so please do check before you travel. We try to ensure our information is as up to date as possible. However it is advisable to check with the Kenya High Commission website before you travel.
Privacy and security
All our resorts are very private, perfect for your romantic getaway in luxury and tranquillity. For your total peace of mind, they are patrolled by security 24 hours a day.
For your personal safety we can only recommend our own organised & accompanied excursions.
The really wild life
Welcome to Africa – home to some of the most incredible and fascinating creatures in the world!
Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge is surrounded by this unique Kenyan wildlife, it is guarded by experienced local and Masai game wardens who will accompany you to and from your accommodation and the dining and bar areas. However we do still ask our guests to be vigilant.
Kenya is three hours ahead of GMT. Two hours ahead of British Summer time.
Telephones and Internet
The telephone system is generally good and continually improving. Mobile services are excellent and local SIM cards can be purchased from the airport and at many locations.
The international dialling code for Kenya is +254. The dial-out code for international calls is 00 then the country code.
Internet access is available at our resorts. However, due to the remoteness of Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge signal can be intermittent.
Kenya operates a 220/240V service. Plugs are three point square plugs as used in the UK.
The currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) divided into 100 cents. Notes are denominated in 50, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings. Coins are denominated in 5, 10 and 20 shillings. We recommend only changing currency at an official bureau de change or bank. The best currency to bring is US dollars, GBP, or Euro but other currencies will generally be exchanged. There is no restriction on the amount of currency that can be brought into Kenya. However, the limit for taking out Kenyan Shillings is 500,000 unless written authorisation is obtained. For your convenience most credit and debit cards are accepted in all our resorts.
Business hours are generally 9am – 5pm and lunch is from 1 – 2pm from Monday to Friday. Banks are open from 9am – 3pm from Monday to Friday and some banks are open on Saturday morning from 9 – 11am. Banks at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi are open 24 hours.
It is a common courtesy to tip your driver, guide and porter when on safari. This is, of course, at your discretion.
In addition to your essentials such as visas, passports, travel itinerary it’s a good idea to pack:
- Malaria medication
- List of emergency contact numbers
- Photocopy of your passport kept separate from your passport
- Sun hat or cap
- Mosquito sprays and creams
- Sun cream
- Camera and/or camcorder
Clothes for the Mara:
Lightweight jacket and walking boots are a good idea, particularly if you wish to take part in a walking safari. Specialist safari clothing is recommended for your comfort but not necessary. Layers of clothing is also recommended as the early mornings can be a little chilly.
Now is a good time to upgrade your camera! The views and the wildlife are simply stunning and you will never be short of a great photo opportunity, particularly on safari. Our best advice is to take an extra memory card!