Travel Diary: Kenya cuisine discovery

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Where to eat in Kenya

Nairobi has some of the best dining establishments in Africa. There are many different eateries and a variety of restaurants, from fast food to main courses. Many 5 star hotels with many good restaurants, expensive but worth the money you spend if you want to look for food not boring Kenya. The restaurant is called “the hotel” and can be seen in Nairobi, if you visit, make sure you try Pilau-a chicken and rice, cabbage and rice, and staple food in Kenya.

Ugali food
Ugali, made from wheat flour. Street food is definitely worth a try, and if it’s safe to eat, Mandazi is an interesting form of sweet bread that’s often sold on the street, with chopped onions that are added to delicious snacks. and very cheap, the pillow cake (Samasa) is excellent and do not hesitate to taste all the other foods they trade. At the same time, fruit is available everywhere, mangos and avocados can be bought for around 10-20bob. Many restaurants can be found in the heart of the city and in the Westlands and Hurlingham areas, but there are plenty of tourists and “mzungu” (singular) “wazungu” (plural) are Swahili The “white / foreigner” and places like Atani, Olympic, Kibera and other places have real food. Among the dishes are many easily found restaurants such as India, Brazil, China, Thailand, Japan, Germany. Fast food restaurants, mainly South African restaurant chains (streets, Nandos) are very popular in larger urban areas.

What to drink in Kenya

Tusker Beer

Kenyan beer is elegant. As one of the leading brewers of the leading brands is “Tusker Lager”. Also try the “Tusker Malt Lager”. Another popular beer is “White Cap Lager”. Imported beers are available in supermarkets and better hotels, but prices are usually high. However, imports from Tanzania like Kilimanjaro and Safari tend to be cheaper than Tusker. At the local bar do not pay more than 150 Ksh for a bottle of beer, not overpriced for a tourist.
The import of wines and spirits is widespread, and it is advisable to avoid local beers like “Changaa” and “Busaa”, which are illegal, unprocessed and those who consume them. can lead to death on many occasions. Very useful to remember that “Changaa” means “kill me fast” before deciding whether or not to drink this drink.
There is a great selection of beverages, especially from Coca Cola, which is very stable, but try Tangawizi gingerbread.

Accommodations

Nairobi has a wide range of hotels, campgrounds for backpackers (above Campsite of hospital road), or a five-star facility like the Norfolk Hotel. There are several guest houses offering private rooms with shared bathrooms, closed rooms from 1000 and 4000 – one night. As long as you do not feel comfortable with the basic rooms, you do not need to spend more than $ 100 for a night in a hotel or hostel. In the less touristy area, accommodation can be found for around $ 5 a night. Be wary of insects in bed. Although it may be advisable to buy insect repellent and carry your own cover plate if you plan to travel cheap. Intercontinental and Hilton chains are also represented by high quality local chains such as Serena and Sarova. Small boarding and accommodation facilities are popular in the metropolitan area for low cost, although this is rarely eaten as well as they are located in high crime areas.

Homestay is increasingly popular. Part of the reason is that you can experience Kenyan culture in a meaningful and profound way. Most homeowners charge about $20 per night including meals. Some places include laundry on the shelf.

Long-term residents can rent accommodation, the price of “international style” rental is $ 150 per week, private apartment has amenities from $ 50 to $ 100 per week, usually unfurnished, usually ranging from 5Ksh-7000 / month with windows, electricity, water, down to 500Ksh without windows, no electricity, noisy neighbors, mosquitoes, and shared water resources. In order to arrange private rental accommodation, you need to inquire around as taxi drivers or sellers, market brokers, they all can help you save fixed costs for a place in Kenya.

Pilau Chicken

Some important notes to keep in mind when traveling Kenya

Some places of Kenya are cold at night, even snow and ice. Therefore, if you have plans to climb, sleep in the desert, do not forget to bring sleeping bags, warm blankets and blankets. At the same time, fire big fire to prevent wildlife attack.

To protect you from mosquitoes, they bring you diseases such as dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever. Get advice from an anti-malarial expert. Protection against mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves and trousers and apply a weather resistant insect, for example, one that contains DEET. If you travel to other countries in East Africa, you should vaccinate yellow fever to prevent complications and pay bribes at the border. These can be managed at affordable rates at the most trusted clinics and hospitals in Nairobi.

Pure water needs to be cleaned either by boiling or through a tablet or cleaning filter. This includes Nairobi as well as rural areas. Typhoid fever is a risk, as malaria prophylactics, vaccination is not 100% effective. All fruits and vegetables should be cleaned. While eating from street vendors is part of a cultural experience that one should not miss, be aware that such places do not always have the highest sanitary conditions and gastrointestinal illnesses.

Be sure to bring some dry foods such as squash, dried food, pasta, cakes …

Do not touch wild animal

Kenya’s laws are strict about hunting and trading wildlife products, so you should not bring animal-related ornaments such as tigers or wild boars because of legal problems. law. Also, do not make noise, tease or feed wild animals.

Dress up souvenirs 80% of the original price

Kenya is famous for its wide range of souvenir items. However, the traders here say the challenge. Therefore, when you intend to spend money, you bargain down to only 10% to 20% of the original price. You can pay with either Selling or USD.

Mobile network providers

Safaricom: After purchasing a SIM card boot, you can access the network immediately, if you have a phone that can connect to the Internet or a modem. However, when using your account balance to pay for access, rates will increase. It’s much cheaper to buy a packet, and more expensive ones offer much better rates / rate limits. For example, in May 2012 a 1500MB data pack cost 999KSh.

You can buy the package by charging your account with top-up card and then dial * 544 #. Be warned that once packets are accessed the internet will be made by redundancy using the current account balance, but that way is much more expensive.

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