While Kenya is a safe destination compared to surrounding African countries, travelers will always attract unwanted attention from beggars and potential pickpockets. Don't be afraid to explore your boundaries – just be sensible about it.
From street scammers to more serious threats, a little street sense goes a long way in Keyna, and staying up to date on the local situation is essential no matter where you go.
Be especially careful when eating meat. Sometimes the quality of meat, or other ingredients used in local dishes, doesn't agree with foreign stomachs. After a few days in Kenya, your tummy will adjust.
If it's anything more serious than a slight case of the runs and an uneasy stomach, try to find a local doctor or if you have a travel insurance policy with us, call the emergency assistance team for advice.
On the topic of food, always eat with your right hand – do not touch food with your left.
Before you go to Kenya, make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. There's a very high risk of malaria in Kenya, so chat to a travel doctor or your GP about using malaria pills. Research the pros and cons of taking them, and stay covered up at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Bring any medications you need from home, in case local pharmacies don't have the medical supplies you require. Unfortunately, fake and poor-quality medications being sold around the world are one of the key reasons malaria has not been eradicated, especially in African countries.
Remember those small things – such as biting wasps and acacia thorns – are often more dangerous than the Big Five, so come prepared with insect repellent and long-sleeved clothing.
If you're going bike riding, bring a tire repair kit with you – acacia thorns will easily tear through the rubber, rendering your bike useless and you stuck in the middle of nowhere.
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If you're planning to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, over the border in Tanzania, you should also investigate climbing Kenya's very own Mt Kenya, the highest mountain in the country, and at 17,050ft (5,199m), the second highest mountain in Africa. The route to the top passes through dense bamboo forests before reaching the peak of this dormant volcano. Do your research before you choose a tour operator, and take the altitude and acclimatization seriously – altitude sickness can affect anyone, no matter how fit, young or old you might be.
It will be freezing cold on summit day when you wake before sunrise to climb to the top. Anywhere at extreme altitude will be cold, so pack good quality gear. Your tour operator should provide you with an extensive packing list, but if you're unsure, check with your guide to make sure you've got everything you'll need to stay warm and safe on the mountain.
Nairobi isn't the best place to wander around as a muzungu (foreigner). Keep your street smarts about you, and ask at your hostel about which areas to avoid.
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