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Kenya Currency, Credit Card and Bank Information

Currency: Kenya shillings (Kshs)

For latest Kshs exchange rates see Today’s Exchange Rate

All the major Credit cards are widely accepted in the city hotels, city restaurants and city shops but this may not be the case in the rural areas.  A commission charge is normally added to any transactions using a credit card.

The smaller safari lodges and camps or rural hotels may not all accept credit cards and where they do, they may give an unfavourable exchange rate or add a surcharge, so it is recommended that you have USD cash that you can exchange if required to into local currency which you may need on safari

Please note that due to the number of fake notes in circulation, no US Dollar bills printed before 2003 are accepted in Kenya and, in fact, your safest bet is to carry notes printed after 2006.

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