Kenya Removes PCR Test Requirement

PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to Kenya has been removed.

Maybe it’s time for that safari?

We are thrilled to confirm that the Kenyan Government has removed the requirement for FULLY VACCINATED travellers to Kenya to obtain a negative PCR test certificate to gain entry. KENYA IS FULLY OPEN TO VACCINATED TRAVELLERS.

Effective as of March 2022: Fully vaccinated travellers against COVID-19 entering Kenya do not need a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from departure of country of origin, provided proof of vaccination is provided via a vaccination certificate.

This is a fantastic step towards renewed travel that is safe and revitalising.

Read on for a selection of beautiful safari camps to enjoy + special offers…

WHERE TO SAFARI IN KENYA?

Kenya is a dream bucketlist destination for safari-goers, that never fails to disappoint. From the beautiful local Maasai people that you’ll meet, the phenomenal wildlife that is renowned the world over and the conservation success stories that you’ll benefit towards by travelling with Better Safaris.

* Better Safaris can create a wide range of safari itineraries and operate directly with various safari camps across Africa. Speak to us today to start your journey and we’ll create the perfect vacation for you.

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE ON OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATIONS

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous parks. The wildlife viewing is superb throughout the year. The grassy plains and regular rainfall supports a huge population of herbivores, in turn attracting many predators. All three big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah) are relatively easy to see. The yearly wildebeest migration coming through the park is one of the world’s most amazing wildlife spectacles, see this from July-October).

The Masai Mara is one of the best parks in Africa for seeing big cats. Even leopards are generally relaxed, and their behaviour can easily be observed. Cheetah are often spotted on the open savannah eyeing off their next meal. Of the other Big Five, elephant and buffalo are plentiful, but black rhino is trickier and can only be found in certain areas.

Masai Mara has a generally mild climate that doesn’t deviate too much from a comfortable 25°C/77°F in the region’s Dry season (June to October). Variations in temperature are mainly due to changes in altitude in the park, with conditions getting cooler the higher you climb. The Wet season (November to May) comprises a shorter and a longer rainy period that sandwich a brief dry spell.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
IL MORAN CAMP starting from US$ 495 per person per night, fully inclusive

MARA NORTH CONSERVANCY

Mara North Conservancy (MNC) is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 27,500 hectares (~67,954 acres). It is a vital part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem as it forms the north-western zone, bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya. Mara North Conservancy is a not-for-profit entity.

A safari-insider favourite, the Mara North Conservancy is one of the most densely populated wildlife conservancies in the Mara ecosystem. An added benefit of visiting this conservancy is the feeling of exclusivity and intimacy due to the limited number of visitors allowed.

There’s no real wrong time of year to visit the Mara North Conservancy. However, you may want to consider travelling to the area sometime from July – October during the dry season for the best weather conditions. This is also the time of year when you’ll find most wildlife huddling around permanent sources and therefore easier to spot. Should you decide to travel to the area between November and June, the so-called green season, the weather may be slightly less dependable however there’s still plenty of wildlife out and about to spot. Since accommodation in the conservancy is limited, you will want to book as soon as possible to ensure you have a place to stay at during the busy July – October time period.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Karen Blixen Camp starting from US$ 459 per person per night, fully inclusive

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The park was established in 1974 as a national park. It has a great history as one of the oldest protected areas in Kenya which were first established as a game reserve in 1906 before it was upgraded to the status of the national park. It was later in 1991 that the park was declared UNESCO world heritage site so as to protect, preserve and conserve the different unique species at the park.

The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. Nature lovers can explore five different habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, the savannah and woodlands. They can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Tortilis Safari Camp starting from US$ 614 per person per night, fully inclusive

OL PEJETA

Overlooked by the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is in central Kenya’s Laikipia County. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes, and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprise for reinvestment in conservation and communities.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy experiences a mild climate and has consistently good game viewing, making any time of year an exciting one for your safari. The busiest months are July and August, however the best months to visit are September and October when it’s dry, there’s incredible game viewing and the summer holiday crowds have dispersed.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp starting from US$ 463 per person per night, fully inclusive

LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy covers 250km² (25,000 hectares) in the corner of Kenya’s Meru County, bordering Laikipia and Isilio counties to the west and north, respectively. Though technically situated in a separate county, Lewa is a part of the wider Laikipia landscape.

Lewa serves as a safe refuge for the critically endangered black rhino and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, as well as the elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya. The Conservancy is also home to more than 400 species of birds. Lewa envisions a future where people across Kenya value, protect and benefit from wildlife. This future depends on communities being able to derive their day-to-day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitat. As a result, Lewa invests heavily in the livelihoods of its neighbours through programmes in education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, youth empowerment and more.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Lewa Wilderness Lodge starting from US$ 888 per person per night, fully inclusive

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

A short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district is the Nairobi National Park. Wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. There is nowhere else in the world where such a collection of wilderness and wildlife sits so adjacently to a major city.

A stay in Nairobi National Park is an ideal gateway to Kenya’s safari destinations of Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, Laikipia and more.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Ololo Safari Lodge starting from US$ 250 per person per night, fully inclusive

SAMBURU

One of the famous Safari destinations in East Africa, Samburu National Reserve is located in Northern Kenya and is a premier game reserve situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river. This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness measures 165 square kilometers in area and borders the Ewaso Ng’iro River to the south, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

Samburu Reserve is a unique wildlife conservation haven famous for an abundance of rare species of animals such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. The reserve is also home to a population of close to 900 Elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the famous Lioness that adapted a baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Samburu is in fact one of the better locations in Kenya to spot Leopard. Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area and Birdlife is abundant with over 450 recorded species.

The two major rainfall seasons typical to Kenya also loosely apply to Samburu, with the months from April to May and September to November seeing brief rainy spells nonetheless accompanied by hours of sunshine.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Saruni Samburu Camp starting from US$ 500 per person per night, fully inclusive

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo West National Park is located in south-eastern Kenya and a little southeast of the sister Tsavo East National Park. The national park encompasses an area of 3,500 square miles (9,065 sq km) making it smaller than its sister park. Tsavo West national park is the second largest national park in Kenya covering an area of 9,065 square kilometres. Together with Tsavo East, Tsavo West work together as part of the Tsavo Conservation Area. Although the eastern park is renowned for its abundance and diverse wildlife, West is the more popular of the two parks because of the stunning landscapes.

It’s a home of all African big game especially the African big five which include: Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinos and the shy Leopards. The other big game found at the park are: Giraffes, Zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, Gerenuk, Lesser Kudu, Waterbucks, wildebeests and others. The parks also hosts a good number of bird species especially the rare birds like Corncrake, Basra reed warbler, secretary bird and many others.



OUR SAFARI CAMP RECOMMENDATION
Finch Hattons Tented Camp starting from US$ 820 per person per night, fully inclusive

DIANI BEACH

A vibrant, uncrowded, intimate little paradise on the quiet shores of the Indian Ocean just south of Mombasa in beautiful Kenya. Located to the south coast of Kenya, Diani beach boasts a magnificent 25km stretch whose life blossoms into something the body feels as much as the soul. Her waters stretch out freely, flaunting white sands and smooth oceans waves welcoming the blue sky and sun rays to a celebration of freedom, love and great memories.

Her weather, calm as it is warm, brings with it the conduciveness required for the beach life – Laughter, barefoot dances, wind tousled hair, water sports, name it, Diani offers her pleasures seamlessly for all your desires.



OUR RESORT RECOMMENDATION
Alfajiri Villas starting from US$ 700 per person per night, fully inclusive

TRAVEL TO KENYA

No matter where you are travelling from, access to Kenya is as easy as ever, with regular daily flights to Nairobi from major cities around the world. Fly into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you will typically arrive at night. Spend 1-2 nights in Nairobi city or Nairobi National Park to prepare for your main safari itinerary.

Better Safaris arrange everything from the time of you arriving in Africa to the time you fly home. We include in all of our safaris – local flights, meals, drinks, game drives and safari walks, park and conservation fees – we look after you all the way to a memorable, relaxing, yet thrilling adventure.

HOW TO VISIT KENYA
IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

GENERAL:

  • Kenya is OPEN for tourism subject to international travel rules
  • Curfew has been lifted in Kenya nationally
  • All travellers arriving into Kenya MUST have an approved e-visa. Visas are no longer available on arrival. You can purchase your visa on http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

ADVICE FOR THOSE ARRIVING INTO KENYA:

  • All travellers to Kenya aged 18 years and above, will be required to provide proof of their full vaccination status.
  • All ‘fully vaccinated’ travellers coming to Kenya do not need to present a PCR test but they do need to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate. 
  • There are categories of travellers that are exempt from presenting a Covid-19 vaccination certificate such as being under the age of 18 years and / or having medical conditions precluding vaccination. Read more on these HERE (point 1).
  • ‘Fully vaccinated’ means having received the prescribed doses of the specific vaccine, with the latest vaccination received at least 14 days before arrival in Kenya (not including the day of vaccination).
  • Unvaccinated travellers aged five years and over must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure, regardless of the route of entry.
  • Unvaccinated travellers aged five years and over, will also be subject to rapid antigen testing on arrival at a cost of USD30. Results are usually provided 15 minutes after sample collection. Any positive results will require a further PCR test at a cost of USD50 and required to self isolate.
  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Airlines should ensure that all travellers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via www.globalhaven.org Those who have not done this will not be allowed to board the flight to Kenya.
  • All travellers (including those in transit) will be expected to fill the traveler’s health locator form and submit before travel (please do this once you have your airline seat numbers).  All arrivals are expected to self-monitor and report daily through the jitenge platform for 14 consecutive days in Kenya.
  • Any person who tests positive on antigen RDT at any point of entry will be isolated at a Ministry of Health designated facility (or at home for returning Kenyans and residents) for ten days at the travellers own cost. Further they shall be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test before discharge.
  • We strongly recommend that you always double check the latest travel requirements with the Kenyan government and your Foreign Office.

ADVICE FOR THOSE DEPARTING KENYA:

  • All passengers departing Kenya aged 18 years and above, will be required to provide proof of their full vaccination status.
  • It is no longer required by the Kenyan government for travellers departing Kenya to take a PCR test. However, all passengers departing Kenya must ensure they know and abide by the COVID-19 testing requirements of their airline or their destination and /or transit points.
  • Travellers to UAE and USA are required to arrive at the airport 7 hours before their check in, to complete pre travel Rapid Antigen Testing.

Don’t Look Back, Visit Kenya Now

Think about travel in green season (between January-June and November) to receive lower rates, special offers and no single supplement – with equally spectacular experiences and wildlife.

Plan your trip to Kenya today with Better Safaris.
Email us here or use the contact form below to send us an enquiry.
Thank you.

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