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OUR CULTURE

(GENERAL SWAHILI PHRASES)

SWAHILI   ENGLISH   SWEDISH
Jambo Hello Hej
Asante Thank you Tack
Karibu Welcome Välkommen
Tafadhali Please Snälla
Jina lako nani? What's your name? Vad heter du?
Hapana No Nej
Ndiyo Yes Ja
Kwaheri Good bye Hej då
Chakula Food Mat

(ON SAFARI)

SWAHILI   ENGLISH   SWEDISH
Nyati Buffalo Buffel, Oxe
Duma Cheetah Gepard
Mamba Crocodile Krokodil
Tembo, Ndovu Elephant Elephant
Twiga Giraffe Giraff
Kiboko Hippo Flodhäst
Chui Leopard Leopard
Simba Lion Lejon
Punda Milia Zebra Zebra
Kifaru Rhino Noshörning


Culture

In the traditional society, tribes or ethnic groups were normally determined by geographical region and common culture. Each people had their own social and political organization. A deep sense of kinship was one of the strongest forces in traditional society.  Kenya has 42 tribes, with distinct cultures and languages. Over the years, social interaction between these groups has developed into what can be reliably referred to as a Kenyan culture. This culture is characterized by the existence of a national language, Kiswahili, which is widely used both in urban and rural areas. For more information on Kenyan culture and history, visit the following websites:

www.culture.go.ke
www.museums.or.ke

Health

Visitors to Kenya arriving from yellow fever and cholera-infested areas must have valid vaccination certificates. Malaria is rare in Nairobi and the Highlands, but prevalent in the hot and humid low altitude areas around the coast, Lake Victoria and the savannah. Prescribed dosages of malaria prophylactics should be taken two weeks before travel, during your stay in Kenya and continued for two more weeks after your departure.

It is safe to swim in the sea and swimming pools, but it is not recommended to do so in lakes, rivers and open reservoirs as they may be infested with bilharzias parasites.

Drinking water from these places is not advisable. Tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise indicated. Bottled mineral water is also widely available.

Most travel agents and tour operators subscribe to the Flying Doctor Service. Independent cover can also be arranged through the following contact: -

The Flying Doctors' Society of Africa
PO Box 30125
Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-604651-6
Fax: +254-20-601594

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Website: www.amref.org
Should you require medical assistance, Nairobi and Mombasa have qualified medical specialists that your hotel or travel agent can contact for you. Kenya has excellent medical facilities, which include Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Agha Khan Hospital, Pandya Memorial Hospital, as well as air ambulance services, offered by the Africa Medical Research Foundation Flying Doctors Service (AMREF), Africa Air Rescue (AAR) and EARS 911 rapid response service.

For more information on some hospitals in Kenya, visit the following websites:

The Nairobi Hospital www.nairobihospital.org
Karen Hospital www.karenhospital.com
Aga Khan Hospital www.agakhanhospitals.org
Mater Hospital www.materkenya.com

Clothing

At the coast during the daytime, beachwear is acceptable while in the hotel or on the beach. Light cotton dresses or shirts are recommended when walking around the city. During the safari, "safari suits" are the most suitable attire, while for evenings in the Highlands warm clothing is essential. For Nairobi and the Highlands, lightweight clothing and dresses are suitable throughout the year except during the cooler months of June to August, when warmer clothing is advisable. A wide brimmed hat, suntan oil and sunglasses are recommended for a sunbathing holiday at the coast, while a raincoat and insect repellent can become handy during a safari. Some establishments insist on eveningwear, and your travel agent will advise you on this. Please do not walk away from the hotel or off the beach in your beachwear, as doing so may offend the cultural and religious sensibilities of the local people.



 

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