6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Kenya

Josh Steinitz from NileGuide tells us the most important things to know before you go to Kenya.


Safari literally means 'journey' in Swahili.  This photo was taken in Kenya, just before a big downpour. Photo © iStock

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.

1. Question Food Quality Before You Eat

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 uscall the emergency assistance team for advice. 

On the topic of food, always eat with your right hand – do not touch food with your left.

2. Malaria & Health in Kenya

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.

3. Small Insects Are Dangerous, Too

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.

Want to know more about Kenya? Head to our Stories section to delve a little deeper.

4. Kenya is Home to Africa's Second Highest Mountain

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.

5. Stay Street Smart in Nairobi

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.

Here are some reasons why the capital is often called Nai-robbery.

6. Basic Safety Tips for Travelers to Kenya

These safety tips from GoAfrica.com apply to anywhere you travel, but they'll come in handy on a trip to Kenya.

  • Make a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage
  • Don't walk on your own at night in major cities or on empty beaches
  • Don't wear flashy jewelry
  • Don't carry too much cash with you
  • Wear a money belt that fits under your clothes
  • Don't carry a lot of camera equipment - especially in major cities
  • Beware of thieves posing as police officers.

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  • Isaac said

    Very informative and straight to the point. I am a tour consultant in Kenya and the information is well put.

  • victor said

    This has not been posted by a Kenyan, please don't be posting this maliciously. If am not wrong Malaria attack is mainly in Mombasa, Kisumu and maybe Nairobi. Am not sure there is an epidemic of Malaria.....Poverty depends on which neighborhood you come from because many whites are moving to Kenyan Posh Estates as they are very modern. I dont think England has estates similar to Nyali, Muthaiga, Runda and many others (Those in Uk are too old)

  • Debby said

    These are not important. Poverty is everywhere on different levels and so are thieves. Everyone excercises caution wherever they go. Our cooking style is simply Kenyan so adjust, applies to any other country. Mt Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania so advise on Mt Kenya instead, Nanyuki region and generally the cold season in Kenya.

  • blessedbetty said

    The information provided is Quite minimal and general. In Kenyan coast, we have some of the beautiful beaches in the world. We also have world class hotes, historical museum's dating back to 13th century. The world spectacular migration of wild beast and our favourable climate all year round. Welcome to Kenya and see for yourself. let no one mislead.we've got a lot to offer.

  • Kevin said

    Just back from Kenya. My son and I were on a two week safari. I have never met so hostile people than I did in Nairobi, one time a man stopped his motor bike just in front of us and snarrelled at us. I got fed up with people not replying to my hello I just stopped saying it.
    The safari itself was terrific and people working at the lodges were nice....maybe because of the tips. Nairobi just wasted it and I would never go back.

  • Martin Cook said

    It is articles like this that, whilst likely being of good intentions, really does not portray the actual facts about a country, and quite honestly I see and have many similar articles, particularly about Kenya that come across naïve to say the very least.

    I live and work in Kenya; Nairobi in fact. I would hence hope that whoever reads my response to the above article knows that this is coming from a genuine opinion and not one simply from a visitor’s perspective.

    Let’s start with the food. Nairobi has some of the most diverse culinary choices you could imagine ranging from high end restaurants to fast food, Subway, KFC, and an numerous South African franchises such as News Café along with locally sprung enterprises such as Dormans Coffee and Art Café. Food in most lodges during the tourist peak season is often a wide buffet selection or a set menu. Hygiene standards are very good. So to say (as the highly acclaimed travel safety expert Phil has said) to ‘be careful eating outside of higher end lodges’ is utter gibberish.

    Malaria Tablets? Well when you live here you cannot keep taking them! I am not saying that it is not wise to exercise caution but, they can seriously mess up your holiday with countless side effects.

    Biking in the bush? Watch out for those acacia thorns? Given that 90% of safari’s in Kenya are accompanied by an experienced safari guide, should you get a puncture he or even she would be there to help. This would in my eyes be more of an inconvenience that a serious security risk! This point is serious, trivial dribble if you ask me……

    Why reference Mt Kilimanjaro? This is in Tanzania not Kenya? Was not the article meant to be about Kenya? Wasn’t the title ‘What I wish I knew before travelling to Kenya’?

    Nairobi isn't the best place to wander around as a Muzungu. Wow the writer has learned the word that references a foreigner. Well done! Literally translated it means "someone who roams around aimlessly"

    It is hence not the most pleasant thing to be called, and by using this word the Author is suggesting that as a foreigner, this is what every Kenyan thinks of you. Kenyans are extremely hospitable people, but when you are walking around Nairobi, do you honestly expect everyone who doesn’t know you to come over to you and shake your hand? These are just normal people simply going about their life, and for many of whom, life is at times seriously tough.

    Yes, watch out for the traffic, Kenyans drive to their rules not any other. Yes, as a traveler, drive or be driven by your guide at night to avoid any issues. You might also wish to note that pavements are either none existent or are not particularly well maintained so walking in Nairobi in general is best avoided.

    Safety travel expert and journalist? Really?

  • Brian said

    You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Malaria pills? Acacia thorns? Muzungu? Im sure you just pulled this off the net. For realistic travel advice --> http://theculturetrip.com/africa/kenya/articles/17-things-they-don-t-tell-you-about-visiting-nairobi/

  • Sue said

    I have just returned home to Australia from Kenya and cannot think of one bad thing to say about Nairobi. I loved it and will return again one day.
    As with any city in the world you need to be careful if you are not familiar. I only experienced kindness and lots of offers of guidance.
    People in Nairobi were very friendly and I can say hand on heart that everyone I encountered or saw gave me their biggest warm smile.
    I too went on Safari in Tsavo then to the Mara and loved every second of it. Yes I got bitten by an acacia thorn or two but this was due to me not wearing adequate shoes.
    Malaria??? Nah it's all good. Totally no issues in the areas I was frequenting.
    Nairobi will always be in my heart and thank you so much for having me.
    Signed one happy mzungu

  • ben said

    This is a very racist, bigoted and a dangerous article about Nairobi and Kenya.The ignorant writer of this article should apologize for demeaning Africans

    Nairobi has the largest expatriate population in Africa because of the many NGOs serving the neighboring countries like Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.Nairobi is the headquarters of the UNDP and many international staff are stationed there.These people live in some of the best neighborhoods in Africa and shop in some of the best malls in Africa, so for the writer to suggest that tourists should not walk in Nairobi is plainly IGNORANT and severely STUPID

    Just like any other city like the Bronx in NYC or any slum surrounding a major city like Rio, Nairobi has its fair share of a slum like Kibera.I bet the writer spent a night there then come out of the night and made his conclusion after spending a few hours there.Shameful that racists use websites like these to utterly lie and lie and spread fear and misinformation when Kenyans are spending lots of money to advertize the country as a good tourist destination

  • Lawrence said

    Nairobi is brilliant, mental but brilliant, the bussle, the fumes, people selling shit in every space, just get used to the cry muzungu, you are and ATM on legs deal with it, no need to inpolite to people, I find saying " not today" is as good as saying leave me alone to any sales pitch or begger, give something if you want to don't if you don't but either way, don't let it get to you, for the most part you'll be treated as special which you may not deserve either.
    Learn some swahili phrases or even some Sheng, like any place get some survival language under your belt, hello, thank you, how much is, etc the usual and a couple of choise street words ???? although I found "Kwani ume chizi" ( are you crazy) worked quite well with a laugh, to break the ice if someone is being out of order.
    Doesn't matter where you go 70% of the time you'll pay muzungu prices again don't let it bother you, it will still be way cheaper than you'd pay at home, these people are poor and if they get a little bit more of your holiday money than a local would pay so what, they've got a family to feed, still haggle and pay the price your ok with paying, don't let it spoil your holiday.
    Do go on safari and go for the medium to top end and be treated like a king why the hell not, there are also some pretty expensive restaurants and go to at least one and spoil yourself, Mombasa is lovely but maybe avoid mtwapa it's more sex tourists there or if you are in to that go there that's where the fanny is lol
    Most of all get to know the people, yes 8 times out of 10 they'll be hoping for something off you but so what it's only polite to share, so walk the streets of nairobi, yes walk at night ( sober) just be street wise, watch your phone it will be swiped out your hand, just watch your stuff with a bit of streetwise and you'll be fine, anticipate problems and avoid them.
    Everyone can be bribed, police, officials, doormen, in fact if anyone does anything for you they'll expect a tip, it's not bad it's just the culture and that's why you're there right to experience another culture.
    Have fun, be nice, be smart and pretty soon kenya will get under your skin the place is friggen magic ????

  • Alex maina said

    This is about one the worst articles I have ever read! If you are taking advice from this racist and definitely not experinced traveller. You as well is as much of a racist as he. This needs to be taken down. I cannot stand people who think they know Kenya but when they obviously know very little. PHIL SYLVESTER don't ever visit Kenya again. Terrible article

  • Caroline t said

    Kenya is beautiful

  • Daisy said

    Nairobi is even called nairobbery by the Kenyans. And don't lie.....it's just the same as any other major city in the world 'watch out thieves are about'... Coast area above beautiful and the most magic place in the world-where you are called muzungu daily...because that's what the parents teach their kids to say.Put grills at your windows like everyone does...don't lie Kenyans. ..because that's how you try to protect your property. Yes coastal is very friendly...
    Malaria ...take med if you are a tourist otherwise..live and protect the outside of your body and it will protect the inside.
    Don't travel with lots of cash jewelry on etc or your asking to be robbed...just like any other place in the world.
    Don't eat outside food not the same standards as Europe. ..you will get sick..
    Take note and then after that sit back and enjoyone of the most beautiful places on earth..

  • Silvia Njoki said

    Wtf ??? Kenya may not be perfect but 98% of this is hearsay and bullshit

  • Rebecca Rowson said

    We have lived in Kenya most of the time since late 2011, when we were with US Peace Corps. We live on Lake Victoria and serve children in need. Every area is very different. I have lost money twice (up to $800 at one time) by using an ATM card, where Equity bank says I got the money when I did not. Also happened at Cooperative Bank.

    If you rent, do not expect your deposit back. Then you'll feel happy if you receive a small fraction of it.

    Work with the needy children is worth far more than a little money. Kenya is a beautiful and tragic place.

  • grace said

    This one of the meanest article ever.Does it mean that every kenyan you come across is poor? Simply because kenya is an african country doesn't mean that everyone lives in poverty.There are high end areas like Kileleshwa,Lavington,Karen,Muthaiga and Runda.We cook our meals the way we do because this is kenya and thats why you came visiting otherwise you should have carried your packed meals all along.On that note you just dont go buying anything you come across since its appealing,take precautions...don't eat on the street we also don't.About malaria,the entire country ain't malaria risky but its good to be prepered with some malaria tabs all the same ensure that wherever you decide to sleep your bed is covered with a mosquito net. Mt. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania and not in kenya,talk of Mt. Kenya,the Aberdare ranges...this only shows that the information above is not a direct experience but rather a hearsay.Kenyans are friendly but don't expect that we will be standing on the streets waiting to shake you hand simply because you are a "mzungu".On the streets of Nairobi everyone is busy going everywhere about their businesses so stop saying hi to each and every person you encounter you don't matter in their lives unless you requesting for some help of which i would advice you do a security guy otherwise you shall subject yourself to unnecessary robbery.Be street smart everywhere you visit not only in kenya,most experiences are just a reprica of everywhere else.
    Just visit kenya and have a first hand experience

  • Adam said

    Hello, all. I'm no expert on Kenya notwithstanding having great Kenyan friends who have lived with us here in the U.S. for a while. I can't speak to the value of what the article shares, but I'm disappointed and baffled at the unfounded accusations against Phil as being "mean" or "racist." Is he incorrect in his perspective and advice? Maybe, maybe not--I don't know. If he is incorrect, I appreciate the efforts of others to help correct or add additional context. But the responses applying the label or mean, hateful, bigoted, and racist seem to be applied by those who have much more hate in their hearts than anything I sensed from what Phil wrote. That's unfortunate. Seems to be the kind of society we live in--everyone looking for a reason to hurl insults at others, often violating the principles they accuse others of violating. We can do better than that. Let's give Phil and others the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their intentions and character instead of looking for reasons to believe otherwise.

    All that said, I appreciate all the tips offered above--from Phil and from others. Thanks for sharing your helpful advice. Safe and happy travels to all, whether you go to Kenya or elsewhere. Be well!

  • Aaron said

    Yeah, it's aint called Nairoberi for nothing. It's probably murder capital of the world after SA. Although the authorities keep all these murders and shootings as quiet as possible due to not wanting to scare away tourists.

    Don't take malaria pills as they make you incredibly sick. If you go to a malarial zone take the meds for it and pop them at first signs.

    Never go out after dark. Ever.

    Be prepped to have your pocket picked every time in Nairobi. They also like to take bags of excrement and hold it up to your face and threaten to smear it all over you if you don't hand over your wallet. Tourism books will tell you this as well.

    Biggest slum in East Africa - stay away. Lots of diseases as there is no place for sewage so it's just everywhere.

    All the trees and animals are disappearing. If you go stick to the national parks. Do NOT camp yourself or you'll be at best robbed. Usually shot.

    I've gotten Typhoid and food poisoning from even the best places. Nothing you can do about it.

    If you want to call the truth a bigoted, racial, mean post that's your problem. Kenyans are sensitive to their poverty stricken country and have a tantrum if anyone speaks ill of it. Go ahead and scream racism if you want. The FACTS are undeniable. Don't scream racism when someone recites FACTS.

    Clean up your country, stop killing people for 5 dollars, stop chopping down all the trees then start crying that it won't rain, stop killing all the animals and whinging that no tourist will come, etc.

  • Scott said

    well, all I can say is Kenya is Good. Its on a tropical hot and humid region. So mosquietoes are in plentifull. But all tourists coming probably have a hotel booking and are A class for sure. The safaris are so good indeed. Also get ready to be called mzungu. Mzungu is a swahili word that comes from the word Kizungu( which is also another swahili word) which means a person who speaks English , hence "mzungu" means a person who speaks English. All foreigners (Tourists) are called mzungu irregardless of which language you speak because Kenyans were colonized by the British and they used to call the British Mzungu( a person who speak english) so for generations the word has been embedded in their tongues. So dont get upset.

    Kenyas are hard working and hustle to get a good pay, hence most of their big cities have peaple who are always in a hurry to get something done. Its their norm there. So if you probably start walking arround in the streets greeting peaple , some might not answer you because they are not used to getting greated by strangers in the middle of a city. Well that is not to generalize, if you great someone and eye contact is made then you will get a reply. But is no eye contact is made then chances is the person never even heard your greetings. Take an example moving in New york greeting peaple, most probably not every one would reply. But Kenyans are generally good and are welcoming to Tourists.

  • Danny said

    Been to Kenya 5 times, enjoyed every visit. People are friendly, very welcoming.
    Never had any problems while there, being with a Kenyan friend probably helps.
    Very interesting place, outwith the city centre, meeting ordinary everyday people is great.
    As to "Nairobbery", no worse than any other big city anywhere else in the world. Even in Glasgow, 5 miles from me, you could be unlucky and get mugged.
    Best way to enjoy Kenya is to treat the people as you would like to be treated, if you are polite and respectful, it will be reflected by the locals ????

  • Amy Eades said

    This person who made this post is actually dead on when it comes to Africa. Thank you for your insight. People need to stop worrying so much about something supposedly sounding rude to them and focus on this article potentially saving lives which is what really matters! Most African's themselves would agree with what he's posted.

  • Mish said

    I love Kenya, we are visiting family who live in Nairobi and its wonderful. Everyone is nice and friendly, yes they expect a tip but thats just life. I do think that this article is misguided and inaccurate but not "bigoted". Malaria pills, take them if you're nervous but don't stress too much. Robbery, come on, its the same in every big city. Paris. NYC. Rome. This is just common sense and I think calling Nairobi "Nairobbery" is just awful. And as for food, again, come on. The food here is great. Hygiene standards are ALOT better than people would have you believe. Just wash your hands before and after eating (common sense, I know, but I think you'll find that it isn't so common) and drink bottled drinks.

    P.S. Don't drink anything with ice.

    Enjoy your trip! You'll love it!

  • katherine osborne said

    as with any country we visit there are common sense rules u will need to follow. you will always see begging in all forms in any country. all countries have their own disease's and appropriate action should be taken. I was advised to never walk by myself anywhere in kenya always have your guide with you. workers at hotels were very helpful and pleasant but its their job to keep up good reputation. my 2 guides were wonderful.

  • Daniel said

    I am very happy to have read all these different posts about Kenya. As allways I know that the experiance is very personal and some have had bad things happening on their first trip and others have had nothing bad happening to them i 20 years.
    Such is life.
    A big thank you to all sides of this thread.
    Now I know to be cautious but not overly so. And treat people with respect, that is status quo for a traveller.
    I am looking forward to exploring Africa and I like that Kenya seems not to be a beginners paradise :)
    Love and peace ✌️
    *drop mike

  • Sammy kiptoo said

    I am a Kenyan travel agent and what I can say is that Kenya is a safe place;the safest place you could ever think of.Robberies happen even in Washington,London and Paris-no strings attached-and diseases are also not place-specific.If things were that bad then no-one would be living here trust me.
    There are tourist police and good security here and the food is really good;especially the 'Nyama Choma,Ugali plus Sukuma Wiki and the Chapati'.
    if you are in the hands of your travel agent or tour operator then you are good to go.You are also a phonecall away from your embassy and that means that you have absolutely nothing to fear here.The internet scares you too much into not paying us a visit or even an holiday with your family but if you turn a deaf ear and proceed then you will prove everything ever said about us wrong.
    Welcome to Kenya...Karibu Kenya

  • Anonymous said

    I think this is a pretty good guide and I live in Nairobi as a foreigner. I go out at night with uber. But I think travelers who don't know the situation to be able to navigate safely should follow this guide. In Naiorbi you don't need to take malaria pills. I think the experience of foreigners in Kenya and locals or people who don't look obviously foreign are very different. It's a sad truth that thieves target tourists and foreigners more than Kenyans. Though I didn't experience the same things I recommend travelers follow this "guide". They're the same things doctors and security tell us.

  • Africa Travel said

    Kenya is best known for its Safari and wild life. Unfortunately, one of the worst countries in the world for travelling. Street polices will harass you always just to get some shillings, thieves will pretend themselves as a police, robbers etc. Whoever you talk will try to cheat you. Be aware!!!!!

    I traveled twice and found same. I don't suggest anyone anymore.

  • ajt said

    Judging from some of the comments posted, I really cant believe how defensive some people get when someone tries to give well intentioned travel advice. I re-read the article and I cant figure out what was said that was perceived as being so offensive to some people. How is saying you should apply street smarts in Nairobi in any way offensive or demeaning? Sure, the same advice can be applied to just about every other city in the world. But guess what? The article is about Kenya!!! I don't see how simply warning people of potential dangers should offend some people. Should the author be telling people that its absolutely fine to walk around alone in Nairobi at night with expensive jewelry???

  • Daniel Dematio said

    Just spent 10 months in Kenya, this is my 11th time in the country. I was most recently based in Nairobi however I traveled far and wide. I’m a pro photographer with 36 years experience of traveling the world. I have been absolutely everywhere world wide and seen it all.

    crime happens in European cities and in cities on all four continents. In Africa (I’ve been to every country save one, more than once, crim is prolific and different. This stems from a severe lack of social cohesion in Africans and very often is focused on white, western people, who many see as a scape goat for their own limitations and problems. ironically often (but not exclusively) the most inhumane crime is reserved for non whites. It may be very UN-PC to mention this here but most reading this already know even if they can’t bring themselves to admit it. The African black vs white foreigners thing is real and consistent. The sad truth is that Life is by far, in my experience, cheapest of all in Africa, and this applies to Kenya. Yes I’ve been to places that rival Africa, but in general and on large scale, Africa has the lowest value currency when it comes to life, human or animal. I have met many nice and decent people in Kenya but I also encounters many with vicious backward and highly dangerous views and attitudes towards white foreigners. Yes sorry I say “white”. make no mistake you won’t melt into the background in any way if you’re a white person moving around Kenya. Some of this attention is nice and flattering, helpful and interested but most unfortunately lots will be opportunistic and down right lethal. People can say what they like after their one month safari to Kenya but if you spent as much time as I have in Kenya/Africa you will know the reality.

    So can you go to Kenya and have a great safe holiday. Yes you can, and you can live with a vibrancy and zest that few places on the planet can rival but be very careful and don’t walk around as if your in a European city or US city where you might have your bag snatched or pocket picked because Africa and Kenya is far more dangerous for White people period.

  • Sorrytosay said

    Great article and very true . Mzungu does NOT mean a “foreigner” like some biased folks want you to believe . It mean a white person . More like a deragaotry word. There is hatred and bigotry in Kenya as well as other Africans countries against whites and Indians as well. This is no one can deny . Most of it is still left over prejudices from the colonial days and the mau mau hatred for the white man. In 2018 if we need to get used to being called “mzungu” as someone here suggested, it’s a shame and a travesty . Because quite honestly the term “nigger” is never ever used in the western world and we don’t expect blacks to get used to it . Kenya has to change its attitude and can’t possibly be a growing nation when it still lives in the pre-colonial days.

    Nairobi is indeed dangerous and you would be extremely stupid to walk on the streets as you are destined to get robbed or worst.

    Watch out for fake cops who stop you and ruffle your feathers for some $ . Don’t pay them anything - ask them to take you to the local police station and call your local embassy. And also watch out for the real Kenya police - many of them will also extort money from you . This country is basically law less as such so beware.

    Other than criminals everywhere who want to rob you blind, Kenya is beautiful. Enjoy and safe trip

  • Jo Ann Caufield said

    I AM a 73 year old woman & question IF I should go to Kenya now, after reading all of this? I would be with a tour group but still cops you extort $$ from you? Wow, that's scary!

  • Steven said

    I’ve lived in 3 African countries and have traveled to a total of 8. Kenya was the first country we lived in and we absolutely loved it. We lived in Nairobi and while it is wise to be cautious, we never felt we were in danger.

    Bribes, tips, or whatever you want to call them are a part of traveling and living overseas as an expat. It’s part of life so just smile and negotiate. You will return to your wealthy country (if you live in one) and the people you tipped/bribed will have a bit more cash to feed their families with.

    I’m heading back to Kenya in 5 days for a short two week visit and absolutely can’t wait. It’s a beautiful country filled with beautiful people. If you have the chance to go, don’t hesitate!

  • Wambui said

    I am a Kenyan and unfortunately, a lot of what is written here is true to some extent. Avoid poorer areas of the city, you will get robbed for sure. Don't trust strangers and don't walk around wearing expensive jewelry or watches. Avoid speaking on the phone as you walk the streets. Find a safe place e.g a mall or shop, and make the call there. Keep you phone concealed in public.

  • Barry Longbottom said

    I like turtles.

  • Ugk said

    I am a nature photographer and have travelled across a big chunk of the african continent. And i have noticed that kenyans are more hostile and less friendly than their neighbours (tanzanians and ugandans) as a general rule. Why this is so i have no idea. But it cant be poverty because Kenya is said to be a richer and more prosperous nation than its neighbours.

  • Carla Mband said

    Just the fact that the author has no idea where Kilimanjaro is actually located should be enough reason to ignore this "advice " article. I am a white woman, living happily
    in Nairobi for many years 😊

  • Rajiv Saxena said

    I spent 10 days in Diani Beach area and found the people extremely friendly. The beach is fine though at the time I went there were not enough people except for the locals, who were very warm and approachable. No one seemed to be aggressive nor did I feel threatened at any time. Yes the locals are poor and pushy when selling artefacts, but then where in the tourists resorts of Western world do you not see locals doing the same.
    I may have been slightly disappointed with the food as it seemed to be overcooked, but that may be as I tended to eat in the hotel I stayed and if I had ventured a bit I probably would have been pleasantly surprised.
    We went to East Tsavo and had a lovely time seeing various animals.
    For the 73 years old lady (Jo), I am also in that age group and can sincerely recommend a visit to Kenya. I have travelled extensively in Europe and almost all capital cities are unsafe regarding pick pocketing, Barcelona and Rome perhaps being the worst.
    I am off to Kenya again and this time I will be travelling from Mombasa to Kisumu which is by the Lake Victoria. Would be grateful for any positive and helpful tips, especially if someone has driven a car on the highways.

  • Klara said

    We were in Kenya South Coast last autumn and I can't wait to be back in August. This time I want to visit Masai Mara for at least for four days. I found Kenya as an amazing place with very friendly people. I will never forget visiting Primary School in Ukunda - its beautiful vulnerable children and a dedicated staff. Yes, one must be prepared to see a different culture and all its positives and negatives...but travelling is just about that....Can I say more? Yes, Kenya is beautiful !

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