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SHARING OF THE VILLA

The villa can be rented entirely or shared with other guests. If shared, you can choose to share a share for meals and drinks (about € 10 per day per person). The cook will do the shopping if required and the preparation of breakfast, lunch, dinner and out of meal on the instructions of customers. A maid will take care of the cleaning of the villa, including the rooms. We recommend bringing because expensive or difficult to find: oil, coffee, pasta … hair dryer and beach towels (the beach towels can also be bought in Watamu beautiful and cheap). Usually all the food brought will be shared with the other guests.

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TIPS FOR YOUR TRIP TO WATAMU - KENYA

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Passport

Necessary with residual validity of at least six months. You no longer need an annual stamp.

Expenses and entry documents

The visa costs 40€ per person. It is free for people under 16.
Currently it is still possible to apply for a visa at Mombasa airport, we recommend printing these models and filling them out www.kenyarentvilla.com/visa.pdf The Government of Kenya has announced the procedure for obtaining an entry visa to the country, directly online on the site http://evisa.go.ke

Transfers from the airport

One of our members of the staff will accompany you in transfers to and from the airport. The total cost is € 60 for one way and € 60 for the way back (which will be divided according to the number of passengers, maximum 6 people, plus luggage) to be paid directly to the driver in Euros.

Money, credit and debit cards

You do not need dollars. It is convenient to change Euros directly into Kenyan Shillings (at Watamu Casinò). We always recommend to be cash guard because there are often interruptions of services of cash delivery at ATMs. For the ATM you must notify your bank dates of stay in Kenya for activation. With credit cards (better to use visa, also it is accepted postpay) you can withdraw cash. Almost no facility accepts payments by credit cards.

Telephone and internet

To save money we recommend to bring two phones. On your regular phone (so the one with all the data and programs) you will need a Safaricom sim card that you can buy in Kenya, on the secondary phone you can enter your Italian sim to see who will contact and possibly call back with Safaricom sim. Besides phone calls, Safaricom card can be used to surf the Internet with your mobile phone (facebook, whatsapp, web, etc …) as well as a modem for your computer, simply top up the sim Safaricom with credit data. Some villas are equipped with wifi, free service, but not guaranteed to work.

Time zone

Compared to Italy, add 2 hours during winter, add 1 hour during summer.

Airline companies

There are two airlines companies: Turkish (with a stopover in Istanbul) and Ethiopian (with a stopover in Addis Ababa). In addition, two charter airlines Meridiana and Neos, theoretically with direct flights from Italy, but almost always then make technical flights.

Luggage weight

The weight is indicated on the ticket.

What to bring in kenya

Sunscreen, hats, creams or mosquito spray, UK plug adapters, sunglasses, masks and flippers, medicines.

Things Kenyans like to receive

Medicines, clothing of all kinds, mobile phones, eyeglasses and sunglasses, shoes, slippers, creams and perfumes. Notebooks and pens can be bought on the spot with a few euros.

Safari to Tsavo

We recommend you the Jeep Safari and to sleep a night outdoors. During the safari, which will last an average of 36 hours, bring comfortable clothing, a change for the next day, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste, sneakers, pashmina, a sweatshirt and mosquito spray. Tsavo is characterized by red sand that can ruin your clothes. Absolutely Recommended binoculars and camera.

Climate

Climatically the best period ever goes from November to March, but it is also good from August to October. The rainy season usually runs from mid-April to mid-July, the worst months are May and June.
At Watamu it’s hot all year round, the seasonal variations in temperature are limited, with a warm season from November to April when the daily temperatures are around 31/33 degrees and at night 23/25 degrees, and a cool season from June to September, where by day they are around 27/28 degrees and at night 22 degrees.
The sea at Watamu is warm enough to bathe all year round, the temperature varies from 25 degrees in August to 28/30 degrees from November and April.
Watamu is located near the equator, so it is protected from tropical cyclones, like the rest of the Kenyan coast.

Vaccines

There are no compulsory vaccines. Regarding malaria, there is no vaccine but a prophylaxis, which is not mandatory.

Children

Watamu is a peaceful place and it is a paradise suitable for any age.

For those who stay in Istanbul

For those staying long in Watamu we recommend you taking the opportunity to visit Istanbul and spending at least one night there. Important to point out at the check-in to unload your bags in Istanbul to use them. At the time of departure to Mombasa you will not have to do the check-in again, but just go through the bag drop at the airport of Istanbul.

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