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ATM at Wilson Airport???

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ATM at Wilson Airport???

Flying in to Wilson Airport from Ngorongoro and then need to pay our Nairobi B&B in cash as they do not accept credit cards. Would (obviously) rather not carry around cash on our journey from home, and our bank charges a huge fee for wire transfers. Suggestions?

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1. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

As in the title of your post: get cash at the ATM (actually I'm sure there's more than one) at Wilson airport, near the little roundabout by the exit.

There are ATMs everywhere these days.

Have a good trip!


San Francisco Bay...
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2. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

Thanks! I was able to find lots of info about Jomo Kenyatta but nothing on Wilson. Much appreciated, Richard!

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3. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

How much cash are you talking about?

For how many nights at hotel in NBO?

Assume if they don't accept plastic they will accept USD? If so, just bring what's required. Or do they only want KSh?

Wire transfers cost max. USD$50 (usually less) so if you don't want to carry cash... wire the funds.

I always travel with more cash than needed for a few weeks in KEN/TNZ with no worries.

Oakland, CA
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4. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

I landed at Wilson a month ago and needed immediate cash in Kenyan shillings, for the driver. I dont recall seeing an ATM IN the airport (what there is of it, size -wise) so may have missed it.

BUT, as soon as you get on the road outside airport, toward your B and B, wherever it is, there are numerous ATMS-- in banks, by petrol stations etc. Sometimes there are three different Bank- ATM booths in a row.

The only problem I had with an ATM anywhere was that my debit card is Mastercard, and some did not accept M'card debit cards.

Bungoma, Kenya
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5. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

In case of a choice, go for Barclays or KCB ATM first. I tried to use mine at another Bank and failed. I went in and asked the Manager and that was her advice. She also said the older machines can only read cards with magnetic strips.

Wilson General enquiries phone number is +254 20 660 9000

Edited: 5:32 am, September 14, 2012
Nairobi, Kenya
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6. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

There are ATMs at Tusky's T-Mall (shopping mall), a short distance from Wilson.

San Francisco Bay...
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7. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

Thank you all for such great advice!

8. Re: ATM at Wilson Airport???

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