I was super-excited to be going for a family holiday to East Africa! We would primarily be going to Nairobi and Nakuru in Kenya. Having watched The Lion King a hundred times over, I was eager to see animals just as they were in the movie. There’s a song in the film called Hakuna Matata. It’s an old saying which means ‘no worries in Africa’—just one of the many things we were to learn about this wonderful continent.
The animals are the true celebrities here, living in their Jungle Book style of life, as they often seem to pose and smile for the hundreds of shutterbugs (read paparazzi!) that crane their necks to capture a rare moment in their cameras. It was also going to be my first foray in the land of Nelson Mandela, David Livingston and Joy Adamson (of Born Free fame).
Trip duration: This itinerary is a short one—of about four days—but can be extended depending on how much time you want to spend exploring this wonderland.
How to reach: There are plenty of flights that fly to Nairobi from India. Some of the airlines you could consider include Etihad, Ethiopian, Emirates, Air Arabia, Turkish, Jet Airways, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Oman Air, Air Mauritius and Air India.
Visa: Kenya has a convenient e-Visa facility that allows visitors to apply for a Visa online. All you need to do is to complete the online application form and pay securely using your VISA card or Mastercard. After receiving your Visa through email, print it out and bring it along when travelling to Kenya.
Important travel advisory: It is mandatory for all visitors travelling from India to Kenya to be vaccinated against yellow fever with an international certificate proving so. The vaccination must be given at least 10 days before arriving in the country and the certificate must be issued from an approved vaccination centre. To get a valid certification of the yellow fever vaccination, you are required to bring your original passport and travel tickets. Also, keep Rs 300 in change ready (the cost of the vaccination at government institutes). Since there is a limited quota (less than 100 usually) of vaccinations issued every day, it is recommended to show up earlier in order to be ahead in the line. The certificate is valid for 10 years after which a booster shot is advised.