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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 : LOW
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.