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Should I get a local SIM card?

Updated: Feb 21

This is a great question, and often depends on the individual. Some guests like to 'switch off' on safari, and then connect to Wifi at the camps when needed (although sometimes patchy, most camps and lodges offer wifi these days). For those who want to stay connected (this is particularly handy when exploring areas on your own, such as on the coast, when you might like to go off exploring different areas and restaurants), then we normally suggest one of two options. Option 1 - purchase a Kenyan e-sim E-sims are quite a new concept, but a very convenient way of staying connected when overseas as you don't need to go through the mandatory in-person registration process that a traditional sim card requires. For e-sims in Kenya, we recommend downloading the 'Airalo' app on your phone, select Kenya > choose your data package > then activate it on arrival. Essentially, they partner with local network providers, to provide this service. We have a 15% discount code for all of our guests, use code "OLOLO". To note: with an e-sim, you are not given a phone number, just mobile data. This allows you to use WhatsApp or any other application on your mobile requiring data. Device compatibility: Your smartphone, smartwatch, or other connected device must have eSIM support. Not all devices are equipped with eSIM functionality, so make sure to check if your device is compatible. Option 2 - register for a regular SIM card. For those who would like a Kenyan number, then you would need to visit a physical store (we recommend Safaricom) with your passport, to register. The easiest place to do this is on arrival at the airport, as you will already have your passport on you, and there is rarely a queue. If you are too tired after your flight, or forget to do this, then no problems. Just let us know and we can take you to our nearest shopping centre, perhaps whilst your out in town on an excursion. Anyway, we hope this info is helpful. Of course, if you have any questions about the above or would like more info, then please let us know!

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