Resources - frequently asked questions


Your are invited to send your questions to us. Please make sure the answer to your question is not among these faq:

  1. Do you know this song: "Jambo Jambo, Hakuna Matata"? Where can I get it?

  2. What is the meaning of this "Hakuna Matata"?

  3. Can kenya.de link my website?

  4. Which vaccinations or inoculations will we need for a trip to Kenya?

  5. What side of the street do you drive on in Kenya?

  6. What are some authentic foods from Kenya?

  7. Which visas are required?

  8. I'm looking for a Swahili dictionary, where can I get that?

  9. What kind of weather do we have to expect?

  10. What is the current exchange rate?

  11. Is there a restriction on how much money I can bring?

  12. What kind of clothing should I wear?

  13. Can you send me some brochures and pictures?

  14. I have a friend in Kenya and want to communicate - but how?

  15. Can I use my credit or bank card there?

  16. Can you translate this from/to Swahili for me?

  17. Please tell me what the colors of the Kenyan flag stand for.

  18. I want to have a penpal from Kenya, can you help?

  19. What is the top-level domain for Kenya?

  20. I want to link from my website to your kenya.de site, will you let me have the permission?

  21. We want to rent a car and make a safari in Kenya, can you help?

  22. I want to transfer money, can you assist?

  23. Where is the old version of kenya.de called Kenya Hakuna Matata?


1. Do you know this song: "Jambo Jambo, Hakuna Matata"? Where can I get it?

Well the song you are looking for is named: "Jambo Jambo". The band is the "Safari Sound Band" and you can find the song on their album "The Best of African Songs". The availability currently is difficult, you can try at amazon or send us a mail so we can try to backorder it for you.

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2. What is the meaning of this "Hakuna Matata?"

Hakuna Matata is a Swahili term. "-kuna" means "there is", the meaning of "hakuna" is "there is not"; "matata" is the plural of "problem"; so the literal translation of "Hakuna Matata" is "there are no problems", but usually is used as a phrase with the meaning of "No Problem".

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3. Can kenya.de link my website?

We do not update the links to other pages regularly. If you are of the patient type you can just suggest your page by email, no guarantee for linking.

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4. Which vacciantions or inoculations will we need for a trip to Kenya?

There are no official regulations for tourists from Europe or the US. For your own sake make sure to come with a malaria prophylaxis; otherwise you will most likely come back home with some dangerous plasmonides in your blood. Also refresh your Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccinations.
For the adventurous type of travellers it will be wise to consider an immunization against Hepatitis A. If you plan to cross the border to Kenya's neighbours like Tanzania then you should be prepared to have an international certificate of vaccination or revaccination against Yellow Fever, authorities in Kenya might check this.
For details please contact your next doctor.

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5. What side of the street do you drive on in Kenya?

Kenyans drive on the left side of the road - this is an artefact of the British colonization.

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6. What are some authentic foods from Kenya?<

There are various foods in Kenya. The classic one might be "ugali", which is a delicate maize porridge usually served with some sauce and meat. You should also try "chapati" -a thin pancake made without eggs-, "mandazi" or also called "mahamri" -somehow a type of doughnut, maybe not that sweet and different in it's form- and down the coast make sure to try the special spiced rice meals like "biriani" or "pilau".

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7. Which visas are required?

For tourists of most European countries and the US a tourist visa is necessary. Usually there is no problem in getting it at the international airport's immigration office on the day of your arrival. For details and other types of visas please contact your next embassy, for addresses check our contacts pages in the resources section. You can download a visa form required for your next Kenyan embassy in our resources/download section.

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8. I'm looking for a Swahili dictionary, where can I get that?

In every bookstore! Start with the English Swahili Dictionary or the Swahili Teach Yourself Dictionary.

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9. What kind of weather do we have to expect?

Starting from September you will be sure not to run into a rain season, in the first month' of the year you will find the hottest time. From June up July and sometimes even August one may has to face the rain season, which usually does not mean that it is raining all the day.
Regarding the climate expect a humid hot air down the coast and also take a pullover on your way to upcountry and Nairobi - especially for the evenings.

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10. What is the current exchange rate?

For the current exchange rate please try the full currency converter of http://www.oanda.com/.

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11. Is there a restriction on how much money I can bring?

No. Some years before one had to state in a declaration about how much money he was coming with. Today you may even leave the country with Kenya Shilings in your pocket.

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12. What kind of clothing should I wear?

On the pool and down the beach you are allowed to wear your swimsuite - topless or naked is officially prohibitted.
In the hotel's dining room, especially for dinner, don't show up in swimsuite but wear long trousers. Also please show some respect when visiting mosques, churches or similar and be dressed properly.
While there's no problem wearing short trousers going to cities like Mombasa or Nairobi you maybe will feel underdress among the usually well clothed citizens there.
On Safari and trips to upcounty make sure to have also warm clothes with you - nights and in upcountry even days might be too cold to wear short sleaves.

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13. Can you send me some brochures and pictures?

Sorry, what there is to offer you can find it on the webpages. There are no further brochures, flyers, posters or whatever to send.

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14. I have a friend in Kenya and want to communicate - but how?

Several ways can help you staying in contact:
The classical way still is using snail mail (the postal services); problems are the slow delivery and the reliability - parcels sent to Kenya may not arrive their destination as they are stolen, sending parcels send them registered and insured.
You can also use the good old telephone lines, sometimes you will have to try many times before getting a free line, costs depending on your service provider. Phone calls have become an effective way of communication as many people start using mobile phones there now.
Another way, cheap and effective, is eMailing. There are several bureaus in the local villages in Kenya, which are offering this service for a small fee to their Kenyan customers. The customer has to check every now and then in that office if an eMail arrived - customers don't need computers or any other hardware.

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15. Can I use my credit or bank card there?

Credit cards are accepted in nearly all hotels, at filling stations and many shop. You can even use the card to get some cash at a bank. Bank and ATM-card usually don't work, clients of Barclay's may ask their local branch.

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16. Can you translate this from/to Swahili for me?

You can send small notices or single sentences which we can translate for free. For further services contact us.

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17. Please tell me what the colors of the Kenyan flags stand for.

Black is the color of the people, red the blood spillt for the fights for independence, green for the country's colors and white for peace.

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18. I want to have a penpal from Kenya, can you help?

Send your details (age, interests aso.) and let's see what we can arrange.

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19. What is the top level domain for Kenya?

The top level domain is .ke, usually domain names have to be registered under the second level domain .co.ke. Many Kenyan sites are registered under .com, .org and the new .biz and .info top levels.

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20. I want to link from my website to your kenya.de site, will you let me have the permission?

As long as you don't copy or hijack the content of kenya.de and are not involving the link in any illegal, discriminating or offensive way - just link.

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21. We want to rent a car and make a safari in Kenya, can you help?

Sure, just mail us your details. Also check our safari agency services.

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22. I want to transfer money, can you assist?

No problem, as the postal way is not safe you can make an international money transfer to a Kenyan bank account using the SWIFT system, contact your local bank. Another really safe way is the service of Western Union, which you often find in post offices. You will get a code number and even can use a password, giving the Kenyan receiver this code number and password he can get the money at his next Western Union desk (usually also in the post offices).

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23. Where is the old version of kenya.de called Kenya Hakuna Matata?

Kenya Hakuna Matata now is kenya.de, the old version does not exist officially any more, but we've archived it and you can still access it @ kenya.dyndns.info.

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