- The Republic of Kenya is 580,367 sq km (224,081 sq mi) with a population of over 47 million people.
- She gained independence in 1963, and is a presidential representative democratic republic, of elected officials representing the people.
- The president is the head of state and government.
- Kenya is a member of United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, COMESA, and other international organisations, like African Union, East African Community and the Commonwealth
- Kenya is bordered by South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania and the Indian Ocean
- Kenya’s capital city is Nairobi. The oldest city and second capital is Mombasa (at the Coast). Kisumu City is the third largest city (on the shores of Lake Victoria)
- The major sectors are Tourism and Agriculture. Agriculture is the largest sector exporting mainly tea, coffee and fresh flowers
- The average temperatures in Nairobi in August range between highs of 22oC and lows of 13oC.
- Working hours are 08:00hrs to 17:00hrs. However, some shopping malls operate until late night. Participants who wish to shop may seek advice from their hotels on the nearest shopping facilities
Banking Services and Foreign Exchange
- Nairobi is the financial capital of the East and Central Africa Region
- International banks include Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank and Bank of Africa
- Banking hours are from 09:00hrs to 16:00hrs on weekdays and from 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs on Saturdays
- Most banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) accepting various international debit and credit cards
- Exchange (Forex) Bureaus are readily available within Nairobi Central Business District(CBD), malls, banks at a relative rate of 1 USD=KES 100
Telephone Services, Time Zone and Electricity Supply
- Most telephone services are quite efficient in Kenya. Some of the main mobile telephone service providers are: Safaricom, AirTel, Telkom
- Mobile service providers also provide a gateway to the internet using 3G and 4G.
- Mobile phone SIM cards are easily available at the cost of approximately USD 0.5
- Please note that registration is required for activation. Fixed telephone services are also available at hotels and other facilities
- Kenya is within the East Africa Standard Time Zone (GMT +3)
- In Kenya the standard voltage is 240 V, However, electric appliances from countries whose standard voltage is between 220V-240V can be used. The power sockets are three-pin, square, and type G.
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