In most of the accommodations at Diani Beach you can find them, monkeys of various species. They are cute to look at, and completely safe if you behave appropriately, but you should never forget that they are still wild animals. You should therefore never try to pet or feed the animals. The monkeys could bite or scratch you and transmit diseases. You should also never leave food or drinks outside unattended, as this attracts the monkeys, and they can become aggressive if you try to deny them what they consider to be their prey. Please make sure to keep rooms, veranda and balcony doors closed, otherwise you will easily have a whole monkey family in your room. For example, the animals know exactly where to find the coveted sugar sachets at the tea maker.
Almost everything you can buy you can take with you without hesitation as long as it does not exceed the quantities permitted by German customs. Again and again however, you will routinely be offered things which trade and export is prohibited under the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, such as corals. Also the export of large mussels is not allowed. Leave the mussels where you can find them. All the beautiful large and colourful shells on sale on the beach were caught outside the reef and then killed. You can buy woodwork without issue, but please consider its size and weight, otherwise there can be unpleasant discussions when checking in at Mombasa or Nairobi airport on your return flight.
In addition to woodcarvings, soapstone work or colourful clothes, spices or tropical fruits such as mangos and passion fruits are also a great souvenir in Kenya. Especially cloves (Gloves), coriander, cardamom, chillies, curry (Marsala), cinnamon (Cinnamon) or vanilla are available in excellent quality for very little money compared to Germany.
The best address for this on the coast is certainly the spice stand of Vincent, just to the left of the Diani Shopping Center, directly at the Diani Beach Road.
Those who do not want to do without international products in Kenya can choose from a wide range of world-famous alcoholic beverages. In Kenya, however, there are very good local brands and alcoholic beverages are usually much cheaper than imported goods or goods purchased in duty free or by air. The sale of alcohol is allowed from 10:00 a.m. and to adults (18 years).
Bathing – low and high tide
Depending on the tide and moon phase, the otherwise rather calm Indian Ocean can also have high waves. Do not estimate the currents and undercurrents. Especially as the tide goes our you should not swim too far out.
Especially on the beaches of the big hotels in Kenya you can always find a lot of them. Whilst most are very friendly, eventually you may feel very irritated. A little away from the hotels, the beaches are also beautiful, but there is also peace and quiet. You can go for a walk or lie in the sand. Whenever you are approached on the beach, just ignore, don’t even say “no thanks” or anything else, they soon get a message and you’ll see that you won’t be bothered. At all hotels and along the street there are stalls where you can buy handicrafts, typical local clothes and drinks. Haggling is normal and expected here. Don’t be shy, nobody will sell you anything below price.
The fact that I have to take dollars with me to Kenya is still in many travel guides, but has not been valid for a long time. There are ATMs and banks everywhere, and there you can exchange Euros for the local currency, the Kenya Shilling. The exchange rate at the banks is much better. With EC cards you can withdraw money at all ATMs.
In larger shops you can almost always pay with credit cards. Travellers cheques are generally not accepted in Kenya.
Kenya is a country with countless possibilities to shoot wonderful pictures. There are, however, a few things to bear in mind: It´s generally forbidden to photograph ports, airports, government and administrative buildings or military objects. Veiled women usually find it inappropriate to be photographed. The traditionally dressed Samburu and Masai warriors usually expect some money before they are photographed. If in doubt, always ask first.
Since 01.09.2017 the import and use of plastic bags is prohibited in Kenya for environmental reasons. Violations may result in heavy fines. In order to avoid problems when entering Kenya, we strongly recommend our guests to refrain from carrying plastic bags in their luggage and from using them in Kenya at all. This also applies to duty-free purchases made on the outward journey, provided they were stowed in a plastic bag.
Please use paper- or cloths bags instead.
During guided walks out to the reef you will be shown starfish which will be taken out of the water. Once starfish are taken out of the water, they die ! ! !
Is it dangerous to be outside the holiday home?
Remember, Kenya is a poor country. The people are friendly and helpful. Nevertheless, we´ recommend not showing larger amounts of money and to refrain from visibly carrying valuables.
For your valuables, a safe is of course available in our villa. If you want to go out in the evening, we recommend you take a taxi. Phone numbers of reliable taxi drivers are available at the villa.
Tuk Tuks drive along the coast road all day for little money. You pay only 50 Kenya shillings (approx. 0,50 Cent) for 10 km driving distance and so even longer journeys are cheap.
In Kenya we use the English-system, three-pole connectors. These are sufficiently available in the villas.
The time difference compared to Central Europe is + 1 hour to European daylight saving time + 2 hours.
Kenya has left-hand traffic.
In Kenya you are not only happy about a tip after an appropriate performance, it is also an important contribution to livelihood. The usual tip in restaurants is 10% – 15%. Don’t forget the “good spirits” in our villa, who take care of your well-being. I’m sure they’ll thank you with all their hearts.
Water / Drinking water
When you are on the road, you should always have a bottle of water with you, it is usually quite hot and you should therefore drink a lot, preferably not too cold as this can have a “resounding” effect. For the same reason you should always ask whether the ice cubes in your drink were made from drinking water. Please remember that water is a precious raw material in Kenya, so you should not waste it. For example by showering for too long. Also the daily exchange of the towels means an increased water requirement!