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Kenyan Schilling

Visiting somewhere in Kenya? We have you covered.

If you're planning a trip to Kenya, it's important to have the right currency in hand to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey. We recommend you change your money before travelling to ensure a smooth experience & if you are looking for great service and competitive rates Ramsdens has you covered.

Kenya's official currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), widely accepted throughout the country. At Ramsdens, we offer competitive exchange rates and can exchange your currency into KES quickly and easily. With over 150 stores across the UK, you can conveniently exchange your money at a location closest to you.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can also provide you with travel money advice, so you can make the most of your trip to Kenya. So, whether you're going on a safari in the Masai Mara, visiting the beaches of Mombasa, or exploring the bustling city of Nairobi, Ramsdens has you covered for all your currency exchange needs.

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How far will my money go throughout Kenya?

Kenya is a popular tourist destination in East Africa, known for its diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. The good news is that your money can go a long way in Kenya, making it an affordable destination for travellers on a budget.

The local currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES), and it is widely accepted throughout the country. The cost of living in Kenya is relatively low, especially outside of the main tourist areas. For example, a meal at a local restaurant can cost as little as 200-300 KES, while a taxi ride across town might cost around 500-1000 KES.

Accommodation prices in Kenya can vary depending on your preferences and location. However, there are plenty of budget-friendly options available, such as hostels and guesthouses, which can cost around 1500-2500 KES per night. If you're looking for more upscale accommodations, you can expect to pay around 5000-10,000 KES per night. 


The current series of banknotes in circulation in Kenya were introduced in 2019 by the Central Bank of Kenya, with enhanced security features to prevent counterfeiting. The denominations of Kenyan shillings in banknotes and coins are:

Banknotes - 50 shillings (green), 100 shillings (red), 200 shillings (orange), 500 shillings (brown), 1,000 shillings (blue), 2,000 shillings (purple), 5,000 shillings (grey)

Coins - 1 shilling (copper), 5 shillings (brass), 10 shillings (copper-nickel), 20 shillings (brass), 40 shillings (bi-metallic), 50 shillings (bi-metallic)

Things to do while in Kenya

Kenya is a destination that offers a wealth of experiences for travellers seeking adventure, wildlife, culture, and relaxation. One of the most popular activities in Kenya is going on a safari, as the country is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and many more. Some of the most famous wildlife reserves in Kenya include the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, and Tsavo National Park, where visitors can embark on guided game drives or hot air balloon safaris to witness the animals in their natural habitats.

Aside from wildlife, Kenya also offers a diverse range of cultural experiences for travellers to discover. One of the most unique experiences is visiting a Maasai village and learning about the traditional way of life of this iconic tribe. Visitors can participate in activities such as dancing, beadwork, and spear-throwing, as well as learn about their traditions, beliefs, and customs. Additionally, Kenya has a rich history and architecture, with landmarks such as Fort Jesus in Mombasa and the Lamu Old Town, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

For those seeking adventure, Kenya offers a plethora of outdoor activities to try. One of the most popular is hiking Mount Kenya, which is the second-highest mountain in Africa and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also try whitewater rafting on the Tana River, rock climbing, mountain biking, or even skydiving over the spectacular scenery of the Great Rift Valley.

Finally, Kenya also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Visitors can unwind and soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean coastline, such as Diani Beach or Watamu Beach. These beaches offer the perfect place to relax after a safari or an adventure-filled day, with crystal-clear waters and a variety of water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing.

In conclusion, Kenya offers an unforgettable travel experience with a range of activities for every type of traveller. Ramsdens Currency can help you prepare for your trip by offering competitive rates on Kenyan shillings, making it easy and convenient for you to get the local currency you need for your travels.

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