There is rumor that there is at least one ATM with an USD cash option:
I found one KCB ATM (across from main post office in Nairobi) which gives you the choice to withdraw in KSH or US dollars.
Source: Lonely Planet
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So this has been an issue for quite a while. Fortunately here is a local who withdraws USDs from local ATM every week.
FYI I use a Bank of America ATM
KCB University way ATM @ Anniversary towers (1 machine)
KCB Kipande House ATM (1 machine)
KCB Kencom ATM (2 machines)
Your options are by air or by bus. A taxi from Nairobi to the border, and a new taxi from the border to Arusha is of course also an option, but it will not come cheap.
As mentioned in the answer from @Carl you will have several options for bus companies at around $20. The pick-up for some companies are at the different hotels. The bus will take you to the ...
No. The airline will not hold luggage for you. Not voluntarily anyway. If you failed to pick up your luggage at the airport, they would probably hold if for a few days providing it didn't go missing. It's not a recommended strategy though.
Ideally you should look for a left luggage service at the airport or in the city. If you're staying at a hotel in ...
As far as I know the only way is via Arusha or by private car.
For the route via Arusha you can book tickets on Busbud (full disclosure: I work on this project). There you can catch a local bus onward, though these run infrequently, maybe not even daily.
I'm not sure what your intentions once reaching the park are, since there aren't likely to be ...
I did this by bus, and it was very scenic and enjoyable. Long-distance buses are comfortable and have storage for luggage. You can buy tickets in advance. Safety and duration were what you would expect for a bus in the third world traveling that distance.
The only part where I had problems was at the border crossing, where I had some hassles because I was ...
No, you cannot get it OTC. I contacted Thomson Treks and they said that it was prescription only and could not be bought OTC. They sounds reasonable considering it is prescription only in the U.S. If you have a prescription about it, altitude sickness problems, that is another thing.
I am contacted them about alternative altitude sickness medications, and ...
There is nothing in principle preventing your friend from making a successful application even if she is in reduced circumstances. What sometimes happens is that people will try to contrive something and that gets them in to trouble when they get caught (and then they blame it on lack of money).
The controlling reference is Paragraph V 4.3 of the rules, ...
As the two flights are booked on separate tickets, and as Lufthansa and Kenya Airways are not interlining partners, you will need to collect your luggage in Nairobi. Because of that, you will need to leave the airport transit area in order to get to baggage claim, and so you will need to cross immigration.
As a Canadian national, you are required to obtain ...
At Busbud.com we sell tickets to travelers for Dar Express and some of the other local bus companies from around USD$19. The trip is around 5 hours. A couple days advanced booking is required for online purchase.
Traveling in Kenya and Tanzania is generally very safe. Unfortunately there is some heightened risked compared to wealthier countries in regards ...
There is a USD atm at the KCB Kipandi House (across the road from the post office) but when I went there on 2/8/15 it was out of order. It is the one on a the far right as you enter (ones with USD are not labelled). I cannot confirm the one at Anniversary towers as I went there on a Sunday and could not get access to the ATMS. I was told by locals there we ...
Though it seems every answer is equally valid they might benefit from some organisation:
Date User Where Notes
20121019 Dan KCB across from main post office
20121115 shnozolla KCB US local bank card
20130416 user6326 KCB Village Market near UN Headquarters up to ...
Yeah! Nowadays it is possible to withdrawal dollars in Kenya ATMs, You can get these services from I&M bank at Gigiri near WarWick building, several KCB ATMS such as two in Kencom but you need to ask the soldier there to show you, 1 in Kipande house, 1 in Sarit Centre, 3 ATMS in the JKIA and 1 in TRM.
I just walked in to a pharmacy in Nairobi (at Yaya Center, to be exact) to ask for Diamox. They do have it over the counter. No prescription is necessary. It is 50 Ksh per tablet (a little over USD 0.50).
An alternative to travelling to Arusha and leaving from there is to get a tour that leaves from Nairobi and includes the Serengeti. This will be more expensive and take longer than busing to Arusha because you'll generally see more than just the Serengeti, but it does match your criteria.
Example 3 (does enter via Arusha)
Example 4 (...