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1.  What is KATO?
2.  Who are your members?
3.  How do I become a KATO member?
4.  What are the benefits of joining KATO?
5.  What are the charges for KATO Membership?
6.  Who are your members and how do I get their contacts?
7.  Whom can I contact for a safari?
8.  Who specialises in bird watching/fly fishing/walking, honeymoon?
9.  How much does a safari cost?
10.  Do I have to pay a deposit for my safari and how much? What mode of payment should I use e.g. credit card, travellers cheque, etc?
11.  What is the security situation in Kenya?
12.  What are the weather patterns in Kenya?/What is the best time to visit the National parks and Game Reserves in Kenya?
13.  Please send me general information on tourism in Kenya?
14.  Where can I get a tourist map on Kenya?
15.  Could you recommend some Tour Operators who are safe, reliable and reasonably priced?
16.  Who should I contact for further enquiries or assistance?
17.  What are the current visa regulations?
18.  Where can I get a visa form?

 

What is KATO?
      KATO stands for the Kenya Association of Tour Operators, which is an organisation comprising of the leading and most experienced tour operators in Kenya licensed by the Government of Kenya.
Who are your members?
      Our members are Licensed Tour Operators operating in Kenya as well as allied foreign or trade companies whose membership is of benefit to KATO.
How do I become a KATO member?
      After one (1) year of operation as a Tour Operator, you may make a formal application in writing requesting to join KATO. Subsequent to this you will be furnished with a Membership Application form, two Questionnaires and a Notice of Categorisation. These documents are to be returned to the Secretariat duly filled and your Categorisation form certified by your Auditors. In addition, you will also be required to attach copies of your current Certificate of Incorporation, Ministry of Tourism License and any promotional materials/brochures that may enable us assess your application.
What are the benefits of joining KATO?
     

KATO is an umbrella body comprising the most experienced Tour Operators in Kenya and is the best source of information for tourist related matters. We also help promote Kenya as a prime destination locally and abroad. KATO Members are bound by a Code of Conduct that ensures that they uphold the business ethics of the Travel Profession and requires that they trade honestly. Visitors to Kenya are advised to arrange their holidays through KATO Members who are listed on our website.

  1. KATO Members enjoy the latest tourist information disseminated to them periodically through the Newsletters, e-mail circulars and sometimes through media. Communication from the Government is disseminated to KATO and NOT TO INDIVIDUAL OPERATORS. This information is then availed to the Members. KATO also holds General Meetings periodically where key persons from Tourism Bodies, Government and the Private Sector are invited to address the membership on matters related to tourism. We normally vouch for our member's reputation when requested for a reference by tourists.
  2. The Ethics & Standards Sub-Committee is set-up to oversee member discipline and ensure that members abide by the Association's Code of Conduct.
What are the charges for KATO Membership?
      There are three (3) different categories of membership of KATO.
  1. All new members join in as an Associate Member for a minimum of one year. The annual fee is Kshs: 4,000 (exclusive of joining fees of Kshs: 500)
  2. After a maximum of two years, you are required to upgrade to Full Membership. This is categorised depending on your annual gross earnings and subscriptions vary from Kshs: 9,000 to Kshs: 60,000.
  3. Affiliate Membership is for foreign tour operators or local allied trade companies or individuals whose membership of KATO is of benefit to the Association. The fees are; local ; Kshs: 1,500/= and foreign; US$100.
Who are your members and how do I get their contacts?
      For a complete listing of our members, please visit our website www.katokenya.org. You will be pleased to note that most of our members have direct links to their homepages.
Whom can I contact for a safari?
      You may contact any of our members listed on our website www.katokenya.org
Who specialises in bird watching/fly fishing/walking, honeymoon?
      With the help of an internal search engine within our website, please type in the activity you wish to undertake e.g. bird watching and a complete listing of those who provide this activity will be listed for your further action.
How much does a safari cost?
      The cost of a safari vary depending on what kind of safari you wish to undertake e.g. luxury, budget, economy, etc. This could cost anywhere between US$70 to US$400 per person per night.
Do I have to pay a deposit for my safari and how much? What mode of payment should I use e.g. credit card, travellers cheque, etc?
      It is common practice to have all costs paid for prior to commencement of the safari, as the Tour Operator has to make certain commitments to secure bookings, accommodation, flights, etc.
What is the security situation in Kenya?
      Kenya tends to be quite secure for tourists especially within the tourist circuits. You do however need to observe the basic precautions i.e. avoid walking in dark/isolated areas at night, do not wear flashy jewellery, avoid carrying valuables around, etc.
What are the weather patterns in Kenya?/What is the best time to visit the National parks and Game Reserves in Kenya?
     

We have long rains in April and May and the short rains in November. However these are not confined to the months allocated.

We have three (3) distinct tourist seasons:

High Season; this is between July-September, December-March. The weather is dry and the roads are accessible to the various Game Parks and National Reserves.

Low Season; April-June. Long rains are experienced about this time. Should you wish to travel at this time, please consult your Tour Operator accordingly e.g. what kind of vehicle to use.

Shoulder Season; October-November. Short rains can be experienced at this time.

Please send me general information on tourism in Kenya?
      For general information on tourism in Kenya, please contact the Kenya Tourist Board on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or log on to their website www.magicalkenya.com.
Where can I get a tourist map on Kenya?
      We do have a map for sale. It also features Nairobi and Mombasa with a listing of the do's and don'ts and costs about US$3 exclusive of postal charges. However, you can also get other types of maps from the various tourist shops at a charge depending on the shop.
Could you recommend some Tour Operators who are safe, reliable and reasonably priced?
      All KATO Members are bound by our strict Code of Conduct incorporated by our Ethics & Standards Sub-Committee.
Who should I contact for further enquiries or assistance?
     

All enquiries should be addressed to: -

Mr. Fred Kaigua
CHIEF EXECUTIVE

What are the current visa regulations?
     

There is no visa requirement for citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth countries with the exception of citizens from Antigua, Bermuda, Guyana, India, South Africa (for visitors staying more than 30 days), Sri Lanka and United Kingdom. Visa is also not required from citizens of Ethiopia, San Marino, Turkey, Eritrea and Uruguay. Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya Afghanistan, Somali, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Cameroon, Pakistan, North Korea. Whereas visas can be obtained at the Airport upon arrival, it is advisable to obtain the visa from the Kenyan Embassies/High Commissions abroad prior to departure. Where applicable, visa fees are as follows: - Transit Visa = US$20 per person Single Entry Visa= US$50 for three months (extendable for a similar period) Multiple Entry Visa= US$100 – valid

If you are intending to have a multi-destination tour within East Africa, you are advised to request for the "Visitors Pass" upon arrival at the Airport. The purpose of the Visitors Pass is to allow free re-entry to Kenya if you are travelling to the other East African countries (Uganda, Tanzania/Zanzibar). You will still however require to pay visa charges for the other countries.

The Visitors Pass is stamped on the passport free of charge for full visa holders.

Where can I get a visa form?
     

You can obtain visa forms from the Kenyan High Commission in your country, or simply download it from here

 

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