Customs in Kenya - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Backpacker College Student Travel Message Boards > Where ya going? & Specific country info! > Africa

Africa Wilderness with a capital W ! Paradise like landscapes, the Kilimandjaro and the Nile, huts and victorian architecture. Africa is a crossroads of civilizations, the land before time.

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-29-2006, 11:14 PM   #1
Members
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hi! My first post - yay!!

Going to visit my roommate who is from Nairobi and staying with her family for a week or two...

I would like to give them a nice bottle of whisky or cognac from home as a hospitality gift but I'm unsure about customs regulations etc...

Any insights? Can't seem to find a website that would tell me..

Thanks!

Katrina

indigosunset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2006, 11:53 PM   #2
I'll rock your socks off
 
bellelass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Transplanted to East Coast of Oz, from Texas
Posts: 1,780
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
Customs
You may bring personal effects like binoculars, cameras and films temporarily into the country without a permit. Consumables in small amounts of one litre of alcohol, a quarter litre of perfume, 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or quarter kilogram of tobacco will be allowed duty free. Obscene literature is not allowed. Pets accompanied by a recent health certificate and special permission from the Commissioner of Customs will be allowed. These are, however, not allowed into national parks/reserves. Firearms cannot be imported without an import certificate from the Central Firearms Bureau.
This was found on Kenya.com. I hope that helps you out. I'm always really careful about checking things like that, too. Also, a good solid travel guide on Kenya (many people here like lonely planet) should answer all of those sorts of questions. That's the only reason I get guidebooks really.
__________________
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did."
-T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

bellelass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2006, 07:00 PM   #3
Members
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks, bellelass.
indigosunset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 09:34 AM   #4
TPunk Emeritus
 
worldwidemike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA
Posts: 3,405
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hey indigo, if you don't mind, could you clear something up for me?

I'm anticipating going to Kenya on a safari this October. I've heard that if you show up in Nairobi and book it there instead of through an international travel agency or service that you can save tons of money. I've heard that there are safaris leaving all the time and they cut a good deal because they don't want them to go out with "empty seats."

Is there anyway you or your roommate (or their family) can verify that? I read an Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine article on it a few years back, but no one has independently confirmed this for me.

I'd appreciate it...

worldwidemike
__________________
Check out my travel web page at:
Worldwidemike.com
"Life is not measured in the number of breaths we take, but by the places that take our breath away..."
worldwidemike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 01:02 PM   #5
Members
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hi, yes I've heard that as well...

Actually we're probably booking ours through my roommate's family's travel agent... Her mom is doing all the arrangements - the quote they gave us is still pretty expensive (I'm not sure how these prices compare to the ones online or through agents in North America). Anyway, here is an excerpt from the email she sent me:

Option A
Luxury Safari
1. 1 night at Naivasha Sarova lion hill hotel
2. 2 nights in Maasai mara Sianna Springs luxury tented camp
Price: $US717 per person for the 3 nights.

Option B
Camping Safari
1. 1 night at smaller hotel in Naivasha
2. 2 nights camping inside the maasai mara
Price: $US360 per person for the 3 nights.
Incl food.

For both options, you get a van with driver to and from Nairobi, and while
you are at the place, he'll take you into the mara and show u the animal hot
spots. Flying is a lot more expensive, and if you drive you get to see a
lot of the scenary on the way. Naivasha is pretty, by the rift valley, so
its cool you can go seeing that too..equator (ooh, haha). Option 2 is the
"white folk" special, seeing as its camping and all. My mum was a
bit unsure about that one coz black folk don't like to camp, but i'm sure
it's nice. The first option is pricier, but it really sounds sooo good. Let
me know the dates when you want to go and I can get back to the agent and
see if there is another group going on the same dates that you can share a
van with and cut down the cost a bit, but I'm not sure if this will be
possible.



My roommate just sent me this email so I haven't had the chance to check it out for myself. It makes sense that it would be cheaper booking it there since you get rid of the 'middleman' but maybe they'll also take advantage of the fact that you have no choice but to book...

As for the 2 options: I'm not sure which one to take; Option A is expensive; Option B is less money but may be more 'adventurous' seeing as it's camping in the savannah - I'm not sure how I feel about that... I'll have to ask her for more specifics...

Anyway, I'll ask her about your question and will get back to you..

Take care.
indigosunset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 01:03 PM   #6
Members
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hi, yes I've heard that as well...

Actually we're probably booking ours through my roommate's family's travel agent... Her mom is doing all the arrangements - the quote they gave us is still pretty expensive (I'm not sure how these prices compare to the ones online or through agents in North America). Anyway, here is an excerpt from the email she sent me:

Option A
Luxury Safari
1. 1 night at Naivasha Sarova lion hill hotel
2. 2 nights in Maasai mara Sianna Springs luxury tented camp
Price: $US717 per person for the 3 nights.

Option B
Camping Safari
1. 1 night at smaller hotel in Naivasha
2. 2 nights camping inside the maasai mara
Price: $US360 per person for the 3 nights.
Incl food.

For both options, you get a van with driver to and from Nairobi, and while
you are at the place, he'll take you into the mara and show u the animal hot
spots. Flying is a lot more expensive, and if you drive you get to see a
lot of the scenary on the way. Naivasha is pretty, by the rift valley, so
its cool you can go seeing that too..equator (ooh, haha). Option 2 is the
"white folk" special, seeing as its camping and all. My mum was a
bit unsure about that one coz black folk don't like to camp, but i'm sure
it's nice. The first option is pricier, but it really sounds sooo good. Let
me know the dates when you want to go and I can get back to the agent and
see if there is another group going on the same dates that you can share a
van with and cut down the cost a bit, but I'm not sure if this will be
possible.



My roommate just sent me this email so I haven't had the chance to check it out for myself. It makes sense that it would be cheaper booking it there since you get rid of the 'middleman' but maybe they'll also take advantage of the fact that you have no choice but to book...

As for the 2 options: I'm not sure which one to take; Option A is expensive; Option B is less money but may be more 'adventurous' seeing as it's camping in the savannah - I'm not sure how I feel about that... I'll have to ask her for more specifics...

Anyway, I'll ask her about your question and will get back to you..

Take care.
indigosunset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 01:06 PM   #7
Members
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

ooopss.. sorry about the double post....

is there any way to delete that?
indigosunset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2006, 05:34 AM   #8
TPunk Emeritus
 
worldwidemike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA
Posts: 3,405
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks...keep us posted with what's going on and what you decide. Plus if you find any new information.

I'd go with Option B. You can always use the extra cash for a trip to Victoria Falls or something...

Thanks and good luck!

worldwidemike
__________________
Check out my travel web page at:
Worldwidemike.com
"Life is not measured in the number of breaths we take, but by the places that take our breath away..."
worldwidemike is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kenya and My Wallet yesVirginia Africa 4 06-05-2005 02:10 AM
Kenya yesVirginia Africa 10 12-14-2004 11:52 AM
Customs.... Canadian Dude General Travel Tips and Advice 10 01-06-2004 07:37 AM
TRY HOMESTAY IN KENYA [IN AFRICA] daveappel Hostel, Hotels, Budget Accomodations: Questions and tips 0 12-31-1969 04:00 PM
camping safari kenya jambo hostel Travel Budget, Money Matters, Financial Talk 0 12-31-1969 04:00 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:18 AM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121