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Kenyan Visa Requirements To Climb Mt. Kenya for Charity

by David Pacella | August 17th, 2010

The famous mountaineer George Mallory was once asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest. He reportedly responded “Because it’s there,” and those three words have become something of a mantra among mountaineers.

However, modern-day mountaineers have another reason to climb: charity. Charity climbs help aid groups raise money and bring attention to the causes they support. For example, The International Childcare Trust is currently organizing a climb of Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, to publicize its work fighting for the rights of children to enjoy childhood without hunger, poverty or preventable sickness (h/t Gadling).

Here’s how their website describes the journey:

A unique challenge of a lifetime up Africa’s 2nd highest peak – Mount Kenya, an extinct volcano with incredible scenery and wildlife; elephants, rhinos and leopards roam the surrounding area. You will see rainforests, moorland, plantations, great valleys, glacier fields and beautiful African skies.

To climb Mount Kenya, you will need a Kenyan visa. While American citizens are eligible to get visas when they arrive in Kenya, if you go that route the US Department of State warns you to “expect delays upon arrival.” Fortunately, you can also apply for a Kenyan visa in advance, before you leave the airport.

Either way, here’s what you’ll need to get a Kenyan tourist visa:

  • 1 application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • A copy of your travel itinerary

One tricky thing to remember about filling out Kenyan visa paperwork: It all needs to be typed. Handwritten applications are not acceptable and will be rejected. Simply go to the Kenyan Embassy’s website, fill out the form online and print it, then sign on the dotted line.

Using an online visa service like can make the application process quicker and easier. Apply for your Kenyan visa today!

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