KENYA LOCATION FIXER

KENYA LOCATION FIXER AND SCOUT

If you’re looking for a Kenya location fixer and scout, we have you covered!

Straddling the equator, Kenya offers reliable weather, affordable production (in the main) and stunningly diverse locations.  Whilst Kenya is best known as a nature-based destination, with fantastic safari locations, wildlife and mountains, it is far more than that. The idyllic Kenya beaches – including the archipelagos off the coast – are arguably up there with the best. And the cultural immersion in the rural and urban areas, with cosmopolitan Nairobi being an example, are highlights of this amazing country. Consider a location scout Kenya to unlock the potential this country has to offer. For more information on visas & permits for Kenya – click here.

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Air Access

Air access into Kenya is regular, specifically long haul from many European, Asian and American destinations through Kenya Airlines as well as a number of other international carriers. Continental Africa is also serviced from Nairobi, the main airport, and Mombasa and Eldoret, and while demand is high over the high season, charter flights (servicing the safari industry) are readily available.

Rail

Kenya has a fairly well-established rail network, with a mixture of 1st, 2nd and 3rd class options providing affordable options to all travellers. And although rail is not the quickest (compared to the more expensive (and less romantic) option of flying, is is definitely the safest terrestrial option in Kenya.

Road

The road network in Kenya is fairly comprehensive, but is not in the best condition once you leave the urban areas. Bear in mind, also, that sub-tropical conditions mean a lot of rain, which plays havoc on dirt roads – which makes up the bulk of the network. Remember, if you bring your own vehicle into Kenya, make sure you have the Carnet sorted out – and apply for the 3-month permit at the border post.

Car Hire

Many of the reputable global car hire companies are located at the airports and in the major hubs – and they offer fairly affordable vehicles, as well as more expensive 4×4 options, depending on where you are going (remember the rain and mud!). Car hire provides a degree of flexibility, and sometimes is the only option for remote locations

Taxis

Taxis are more expensive, but they are definitely the safest way to travel in urban areas at night, and readily available. But be warned that most taxis are not metered, so be prepared to haggle BEFORE your ride.

Bus

There is a fairly reliable inter-city bus network that is cheap, reasonably comfortable – and quite slow! Which brings us to…….

Good Old Matatus

Like South Africa, and many African countries, Matatu taxis (minbus taxis) provide the staple form of transport for the People. They leave from designated spots, but do not be scared to flag one down wherever – they will stop!

Kenya is distinctly a third-world country – reflected in the infrastructure, development and the economy. Yet despite this, there is a strong Dollar-based tourism economy that runs alongside, primarily represented by the luxury safari industry, which booms during the ‘high season’. This means that whilst Kenya is an extremely cost effective destination, wherever your plans touch the tourism industry, there is the potential to get expensive – unless you plan to avoid high season. Food and accommodation – as long as you are not 5-starring it – is very good and quite affordable.
Like nearby South Africa, Kenya offers a cast diversity of location options – mainly due to the incredible changes in altitude and resultant geography. Kenya stretches from the host, humid tropical coast up to the second-highest point in Africa – Mount Kenya – at a freezing 5799m above sea level. In between there are beautiful beaches, lakes filled with flamingoes, world-renowned savannah, enormous craters and valleys, mountain ranges, volcanoes (extinct), equatorial rainforests – even the contrasts of glaciers and desert. Throw the big cities into the mix, and the booming safari industry – and you have the real Africa – and a world in one country!

For ease of reference, Kenya is divided into 5 regions which are the Rift Valley and associated highlands, the Lake Victoria basin, the Eastern plateau, the semi-arid and arid areas of the north and south, and the coastal region.

Kenya straddles the equator, so besides being hot, it also has little difference in the seasons. Kenya does have two distinct rain seasons in April/May, and in October/November. Although it rains, however, it clears pretty quickly, so filming in Kenya is fairly reliable – with the optimal period being between these two seasons (skirting the high season as well!) Obviously, as you move up in altitude, climate changes, becoming a lot colder the higher you go, and the coastal areas become very hot during the day.

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Straddling 1st and 3rd World economies means that supply and demand in Kenya has created hospitality options to suit a broad range of requirements. This means there is a broad offering of options to cater for everyone – from budget backpacker through to high-end safari customer. So from 5-star opulence to tented camps in the wild – or even putting up your own tent under the African canvas – it is all possible.

Most National Parks have accommodation ranging from high-end concessions through to camp grounds with basic amenities. And most Kenyan towns offer a range of hotels, bed and breakfast – and even home-stays – to suit all budgets and tastes.

Lugard Falls, on the Galana River in Tsavo – where the rocks have been sculptured by the river flowing through a series of rapids

Great Rift Valley – although the Great Rift Valley actually stretches over 6000km from Lebanon to Mozambique, it really comes into life in Kenya, with spectacular landscapes and lakes in the valley, providing fantastic location options.

The Great Migration – OK, it is not a location, but it truly is the greatest show on earth. Shared with Tanzania, this is now one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, where over a million wildebeest move clockwise over great distances looking for new pastures.

Masai Mara – amazing because of its sheer size, the Masai Mara represents many such reserves with endless savannah plains playing host to teeming herds of plains game.

The Lakes – Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Lake Elmenteita, and many more. Formed by the Great Rift Valley. Symbolic home to flamingos, as well as plenty of other wildlife

Mount Kenya – not as high as neighboring Kilimanjaro, but equally spectacular – and more accessible. Mount Kenya is also more protected and pristine, with wonderful lakes, forests, springs, the glaciers we talk about – and an amazing wildlife.

Lamu Island – in faxt the entire Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. Stunning beaches – and best of all, no roads – you have to walk!

Nairobi – when they thought of the word ‘bustle’ they were thinking of Nairobi – distincly African, cosmopolitan and ‘bustling’….

Malindi – Mombasa is great, but catch a Matatu to Malinda – some of the best beaches you will ever experience – and the snorkelling is unforgettable. And it is hot!

WHY KENYA?

  • Easy access
  • Very affordable
  • Seamless Customs experience
  • Easy Visa and Permit System
  • Diverse location options