We look forward to seeing you on your trip to Kenya! Here are a few hints and tips on things to do before you leave.
Our guests and volunteers have been visiting Ndhiwa since 1999 with no problems, from school groups to families and individuals. Ndhiwa is a rural community very far from large cities such as Nairobi. While travel to Western Kenya has been trouble-free for some time, but we still recommend researching your home country’s advice on travel to and from the nation.Up to date information for UK residents can be found here
Book your flights to Kenya
If you are coming straight to Karibuni we recommend flying to Nairobi airport and travelling by car or bus to Ndhiwa. The estimated road travel time from Nairobi to Karibuni is 7 hours. Alternatively, from Nairobi airport you can fly to Kisumu to reduce road travel down to 2 hours. Flights can be booked through most international carriers. If you require help booking your flights we recommend speaking to a travel agent. Learn more about getting to Karibuni.
Visa requirements will depend on your home country and it is recommended to check with your Government on the specific details for travel through Kenya. Visitors may be requested to provide return tickets and means to cover your intended stay. For most nationalities Visas can be obtained at point of entry for around $50 to be paid with clean US dollar notes.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips, tours and volunteering. We require that you are covered for medical expenses (including emergency repatriation) and strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You will be required to add your insurance details to your booking form.
Guests travelling to Africa are required to have Yellow Fever vaccinations and must provide a certificate of proof upon entry. These are readily available from GPs in the UK, who can administer the injection and provide the certificate. Additional vaccinations for Hepatitis C, tetanus and typhoid fever may be recommended by your GP. Malaria prevention tablets are essential. UK residents can find more information here.
Clothing should be appropriate for the climate in Kenya and respectful of the local culture. We recommend packing long, loose clothing such as cotton/linen shirts and trousers. For more information on what to pack, visit our FAQs.
Kenyan shillings can be ordered at your local post office, banking institution or currency exchange facility. Stores in the neighbouring cities of Nairobi and Kisumu offer reasonable rates of exchange, but we recommend avoiding the airport for this service. There is a cash point in Ndhiwa that accepts Visa cards.
Gifts for Karibuni staff, Team Kenya students and people in the Ndhiwa community are accepted, but they are not necessary or encouraged. Any gifts given will be collected and recorded for equal distribution in the community. Gift suggestions include stationery, storybooks, USB sticks, toiletries such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. We also advise against monetary gifts, but tipping for personal services is encouraged.