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NairobiThe capital of Kenya is supposed to be an unsafe place to travel, however following a high level of cautiousness might almost eliminate any risks of being robed, mugged or pickpocketed. Generally, walking streets, shopping centers and other sites in the city center during the day is much like walking the streets in any large city. If you are looking some unordinary places to visit, a slum area of Kibera might be interesting to some tourists, however going there alone is too risky. There are exist numerous guides, that might organize you a secured visit. During the night, it’s highly recommended to travel only by taxis and in groups. Do not venture into the potentially dangerous neighborhoods. Main among them are:
MathareDuring the day light, this area is absolutely safe and quiet. However, after a sunset, it turns into the violent zone. This district is a shelter for many carjackers.
Mukuru KayabaIn this neighborhood, every passerby might be attacked if he nicely looked. So, that is definitely no go area for any tourist both during the day and night.
Kawangware (Congo)The situation there is so poor that even local police recommends thinking thrice before entering the zone. According to residents, there are two key groups terrorizing locals and any newcomer. SafeAround recommends refraining from visiting this area.
HurumaThis district hides some not obvious dangers. Teenagers who you’d easily called harmless are the ones that might hurt you. Huruma is definitely no go area.
Other areas of concern:The border between Somalia and Kenya is supposed to be extremely risky due to al-Shabaab terrorist group activity in this area. Travel is not recommended to the following Kenyan counties: Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Lama, areas north of Malindi. In Mombasa (second largest city in Kenya) the visit of Old Town is recommended only during the day light. Remember: Avoiding danger areas, exercising common sense and looking out for suspicious activity, may completely eliminate all potential risks.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : HIGH
Kenya is an averagely safe country – some parts are safe, others very dangerous. It is ranked 116th out of 162 on the raking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As a popular touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Kenya, especially in public transport. Matatus – kind of public transport operated by individuals are loved by pickpockets. However, we advised to use taxis instead of any kind of public transport in Kenya.
MUGGING RISK : HIGH
The risk of kidnapping and mugging is high. Be aware of dangerous zones we mentioned above and avoid being in remote areas alone after dark. The majority of kidnappings occur near the Somalia border.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Scams risk are relatively low.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
Matatus – (mini buses) usually privately operated is frequently stopped by criminals. Safe Around recommends do not use this kind of transport, whenever possible. Travelling between rush hours is not recommended, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and in the evening between 5 p.m and 8 p.m. Due to the safety concerns using of the Likoni ferry in Nairobi might be very risky. Accidents on the roads, while frequent are usually not fatal unless pedestrians or matatus are involved. Road and driving conditions are poor all over the country. Always maintain at least a half tank of gas and let relatives know about your travel plans.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
During rainy seasons, flooding can occur with no warning, disrupting transportation and communications.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
The possibility of terrorist attacks in Kenya has a moderate probability, however, you should watch out for suspicious activity. Terrorism is a threat throughout the world.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Sexual assaults do occur and frequently goes unreported. Since recent years’ sexual assaults against men have been a growing trend. We advise to follow high safety precautions and avoid visiting any non-tourist areas at night.