Cultural Awareness


Kenya is a welcoming place filled with vibrant culture. Kenyans are lighthearted and casual. Laughter is around every corner. 

Greeting: A handshake is the most common form of greeting. It is more polite and a sign of respect if you make the handshake firm.  “Jambo?” or “Habari” (“How are you?) is usually said immediately prior to a handshake. After a handshake, it is common to have some form of small talk where general questions about the other person are asked such as ‘How is your work?’ ‘How is your home?’ ‘How is your family?’ and is often injected with good doses of humour and laughter, in non-confrontational and polite manner. Do not be surprised to see people take time out and at work to talk and catch up, as if time was timeless in itself.

- all the information you need to know about culture in Kenya including communication, lifestyle, 'Kenyan time', food, socialising, religion, family roles and more.


Language: The official lanugages are Swahili and English, but more people speak Swahili than English. It is always a good idea to learn a few words of the local language before you arrive at your destination. Even if you can only say hello, it goes a long way. Here are some tips on learning Swahili before your visit!


Laws: more information about laws in Kenya is outlined on this page.

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