I will be entering Kenya and visit Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru for the first time via Isebania (from Serengeti), so will not be reach Nairobi until I am done with these 2 national parks.
1) How do I get KSH before entering Kenya? Should I exchange KSH using USD dollar notes while beginning my journey at Zanzibar or Arusha? Will I get a good rate or lousy rate for KSH in Tanzania? Worth the effort involved?
2) If #1 is not possible at all, can I tip or buy stuff in Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru using USD? I guess the conversion involved will never be favorable for me? I read in TA forum that it seems USD notes are not so widely accepted in Kenya (as opposed to Tanzania) outside of tour guides themselves since local residents prefer their own currency (understandable). So what other options do I have? Should I ask my tour company to bring over some KSH for me while beginning Kenya journey from Isebania?
3) If #2 is possible, then what type of USD notes is favored by the Forex folks in Tanzania and Kenya respectively? I know $100 and $50 USD notes is favored by TZ when changing into TSH, so i guess sames goes if you change into KSH? What about when you try to change USD into KSH while in Nairobi, is $100 or $50 notes more favored as well versus smaller denominations?
Please help, thanks!!!