Kenya travel tidbits

Kenya travel tidbits

Leaving a tip of 5%-10% in a restaurant and a hotel – to a porter or pool attendant for example – is now quite normal in Kenya. Dress sense is quite conservative, particularly in business situations, where dark colours such as navy, grey and black are preferred over lighter, less serious colours, and both men and women should make an effort not wear revealing clothes, whether in the city of when exploring the wilderness.

As one of Kenya’s official languages is English, it’s quite easy to keep on top of social situations, but remember that some places speak less English than others, so it’s always a good idea to do some research and learn a few basic words, such as “hello”, “please” and “thank you”, in the local dialect before you arrive.

Don’t use your left hand to receive or pass things to another person, and when greeting a lady, always wait for her to extend her hand before you do. Also remember that public displays of affection are generally frowned upon and in some places, unacceptable in Kenya.

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