I visited Kenya on six occasions so far but was never warned to keep an eye on lizards, so I assume that they are completely harmless to man. Nevertheless, the lizard is animal that creates some discomfort and backlash, because if its appearance. Hardly anyone like reptiles.
In Kenya, there are different types of lizards, of those little that we see in Europe to a size of more than half a meter. Lizards reside everywhere, even in urban areas, but they are very timid and run away as soon as we come close to them. I have not experienced so I can't know how they behave if feel threatened.
This little monkey, Vervet (Kenyans call it Cheeky too) if I remembered well his name, is very cute but also, might be a real pain in the a$$. The huge monkey pack settled on the trees in the hotel resorts, considering it as their territory. They walk around, occupaing hotel balconies and liberaly entering in the rooms if the room-door is open. Once they get into the room you may have a lot of troubles because they are just unstopable in producing mass in all of your possessions. This relatively small monkies are quick as lightning and very agressive, especially if feeling jeopardized. Never came to close to the female monkey if carrying a baby because the all male monkies from the pack will attack you.......
PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must often be taken weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Illness and death from malaria are largely preventable - if you plan ahead.
While you are here you need to use a repellent spray early in the morning and any periods of darkness, especially at night. Do not take chances!
MALARIA can incubate in your body for years. Do you really want to take the chance?
I would suggest you buy repellent with 100% DEET.
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This place has a super location and does super cocktails and shooters but if you do take a risk of going there, be sober enough to check the bill because chances are you will see additional items on the bill 3 out of 5 times. I have been there lots of times and seen drinks I never had on the bill. When you complain they will simply say its a mistake and life goes on.
Don't make the mistake of asking to see the manager because the owner will turn up. he is rude andnearly always drunk.
He will first accuse you of not having enough to pay the bill and if you do insist yo have more than enough he will start talking in a loud voice to attract attention and cause a scene and thus try and embarass you into paying the bill.Its easier to tell the waiter or the barman that there is a mistake unless you are willing to ask for undue attention.
I suggest they change the name to Just Thieves instead.
If you do go there have the shooters. they are quite good but you have been warned to stay sober lest you get conned.
Seaweed can occur on some beaches here in significant enough volumes to affect swimming. The worst months are May-November and the best months are December to April. Not all beaches are equally affected, so check before you book!
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Mombasa is a harbour of Somalian refugees, and is belived to have a presence of piracy activity. Foreign vessels are hijacked outside the shore of Kenya and brought to Somalia. The Kenyans say some Somalian refugees have too much money, and it's not possible it comes from a legal business.
It's wise not to be involved and ask personal question about this subject. Keep distance from crowds of people you can assume have a Somalian origin.
The Kenyan authorities are aware of this, and fear it might harm the tourist industry in Mombasa.
I was recently in Mombasa with my girlfriend and got involved with these corrupt Police officers. You can read our story and others here: http:/cops.aax.de
Try to avoid North coast especially Bamburi and Mtwapa area. It's crowded with Police officers that are in conspiracy with beach boys and prostitutes.
Should we ever visit Kenya again it will be far away from Bamburi
What you say about spider is true,,,,but the dangerous spices live in dry places and in areas where sugarcane and bananas are grown-this type of spider has fur,greysh in color and big. But here in mombasa, there is black long limb spider which are calm and harmless, but this doesnot tell you to go and catch them...
One should not be terrifield of this insects which will not reach the human but be afraid of that insect which will find its way to your room. The MOSQUITO.
anyway, it will depend on where you will be ?
Buy the strongest you can afford. Or alternatively, i don't no why but a body was by Avon (http://avonshop.co.uk/shop/product.asp?src_page=product_list.asp&level1_id=700&level2_id=703&pdept_id=994&dept_id=&pf_id=4978) is REALLY gd for those who get bit a lot. I thought it was strange until i tried it myself and sure enough i did not get bit at all.
I didn't find the men and women vendors on the beach any more aggressive than they are in many other parts of this world. Generally a gentle "Hapana" with a wave of the hand will send most on their way. Speaking the local language (Kiswahili) helps deter some of the more aggressive vendors. The economy of the Coastal cities rely heavily on tourism -- if you don't want to be "bothered", stay out of the more populated areas.
I brushed my teeth several times a day with tap water without any problems.
Also, I didn't take my anti-malarial meds but used the bed nets founds in most hotels -- okay, I was taking a chance there and I'm not suggesting this path for everyone. But, the worst mosquitoes I've met are in Canada and the northern woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Security is always a concern, its a common sense not to walk in dark corners or empty streets although the local government has taken a number of steps to ensure that the general public feels safe in all areas of the city as well as along the beaches. Incase of anything please call the following tourist hotline numbers.
Never drink tape water in Mombasa, don't even use it for brushing teeths. While northern part of the country rich of water, southern Kenya is lack of it, especially the area of Mombasa. As for brushing teeths, you'll get fresh boiled water in your hotels rooms every day. Tape water can be used for showering only!
Catchy title - huh? But seriously: They say coconuts kill more tourists every year than any wild animal I can believe it, I had once one cominig down next to me during some meal. And there is no warning before they hit.
If they fall on your head you will suffer a cracked skull. Don?t risk it.
On the beaches in front of the hotels they try to take them down regularly, but you do better looking up before you lie down, if this really is such a safe place to sunbath.
They are most probably going to be one of your first encounters with the "wildlife" of Kenya: Monkeys.
They are not afraid of human (anymore) and can be found at every hotel.
When the sun is going to settle down, they begin to roam freely about the hotel grounds (of course there are there also during the day, but mostly not so open).
A few advises for you: never, ever let your clothes dry on the balcony when you are not sitting directly NEXT to them. Always close your balcony doors and windows tight when leaving the hotel rooms. (Or even when sleeping inside, we had monkeys in our room even though we were in it).
I have seen (and heard) more than once how the monkeys raided hotel rooms and took everything they could carry away. You surely don?t want to look for your clothes, underwear and bikinis shattered all over the palms or your camera being thrown hither and back between some playful apes. Also you are not likely to get any of your things back, normally the monkeys don?t tell where they hide them ..
Also don?t feed them and don?t touch them. Even quite unlikely it is still possible that some of them have rabies - and biting or even licking damaged skin is enough for transmitting this still deadly disease.
On the other hand it is of course quite funny to watch them playing on the palms, stealing the sugar bottle in the restaurant and listening to your hotel neighbour ranting in his room, because a good part of her belongings have been abducted by them.... it?s the monkeys now!
Reading through other Tips about that theme I sometimes think that I may be doing them wrong, but in my opinion they are a real nuisance: The beach boys. (no. I am not talking about that famous music group...
When I am having holidays and trying to get some quiet days at the beach, I do not want to be bothered with literally dozens of people trying to sell me something which I mostly won’t need nor want in any case. If I want to buy something, I will go look on my own, I don´t need nor want to be pushed.
Yes, i know they are only trying to make their living with this, but i am trying to have some quiet, and maybe even have a swim in the sea.
You should know that the beach is divided in two areas. The closer to the land belongs to the hotels and the closer to the beach to beach boys (though they do not have to be boys, there are also woman). The line is mostly made by a rope. You may want to step over that rope and lazily walk up the beach or have a swim in the water, but what you actually do is step into their bureau or shop. Which seems to give them allowance to flock around you and get you to buy something from them: souvenirs like wood cuttings, clothes, key chains, trips and safaris. They are very very persistent. There are several ways to react on this. Since I am really not interested in more useless stuff and do have my safaris booked in advance and generally think they are wasting only time with me and my one, I try it with a polite „No, I am not interested“ and if that does not help with no reacting further.