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Dollars or Schillings

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Dollars or Schillings

We fly out to Kenya in 2 weeks All Inclusive,Safari as well Paid for,what should we take out with us Kenyan Schillings or Dollars????

Bearing in mind we will only possibly be buying small gifts and tipping??

Graham

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1. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Hi,

You will need shillings for day to day expenses. Take Pounds and change them out there, preferably at a forex or not quite as good at a bank. Don't change them at your hotel. Or just take your debit card and use ATMs. Don't waste your money getting dollars (except perhaps for buying your visa on arrival, currently cheaper in dollars) you would have to buy them in the UK then change them to shillings in Kenya so you pay twice

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2. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Bring $'s & change into Shilling at any local FX Bureau. Also, rates are in your favour !! Off-late, the Shilling is depreciated a great deal against the $. Stef

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3. Re: Dollars or Schillings

But don't bring Schillings... those won't be any use in Kenya! ;-)

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4. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Nope, bring shillings instead............. :-p

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5. Re: Dollars or Schillings

My error sorry didnt spell check :-(

Graham

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6. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Don't bring anything, we still practice barter trade system in Kenya..hehe...

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7. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Tut!! Can't get the staff......!!

Don't worry Graham - we're only playing!

Have a fab time!

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8. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Stef,

Graham is English, he would waste money buying dollars just to change them to shillings. Whilst it makes sense for American like you to bring dollars it makes no sense for a European to do so.

BTW The shilling has depreciated a great deal against the Pound as well

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9. Re: Dollars or Schillings

Sorry I think I am having a blonde moment (no offence to any highly inteligent blondes !) did we decide if Kenyan Shillings or US Dollars are best ??? I too am going to an all inclusive resort and will just need money for tipping and to hopefully pay for my safari

Thanks guys I really appreciate all the help and advice I have managed to get off Trip Advisor

Di x

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10. Re: Dollars or Schillings

US dollars for visa

sterling to change for shillings locally, unless coming from USA!

Don't lose out by changing money twice (sterling to dollars then dollars to shillings)

It''s worth getting US dollars for the visa as the rate is cheaper