Car-Jacked or Held up.....!
If you are car-jacked or held up with a weapon never resist. Give your money, belongings, whatever is demanded. Most people are hurt because they do not cooperate with demands made.
Don't look too obviously lost even if you are. You can always walk purposefully into a shop, bank or hotel to ask for directions or consult a map.
Safes in hotels are not always safe (ironically) so use a lockable pouch or bag to put your valuables in if your hotel has these facilties.
Watch Your Belongings !
Don't wear jewelery, flashy watches or cameras around your neck, you're just inviting trouble.
Obviously you'll want to take photos when you travel, just try and be discreet and put your cameras away or leave them in a safe place at your hotel when you're not using them.
Watch your belongings and pockets very carefully at busy bus stations, train stations, markets and bazaars.
Photocopy Your Documents!
Regardless of your budget, when you are traveling in Africa keep in mind that you are much richer than the majority of local people around you. While most people are honest, the sight of a tourist with cash to spare and cameras dangling is too tempting for some. To avoid being fodder for con-artists, petty thieves and opportunists keep some of the following safety tips in mind when visiting Africa:
Make a copy of your passport, ticket, credit card and traveler check numbers. Put these in your main luggage so if you do get robbed of the originals, you still have all the information for insurance and replacement purposes.
Wear a flat money belt that fits underneath your clothes. Use this to keep your credit credit cards, passport and travelers checks safe.
Wild Pigs and Baboon in the Premises of the Bomas
Don't be scared if you happen to come across some of the wild pigs wandering in the park of the Bomas. Also there are many Baboons in the area around the Restaurant. Nice to take some photos of them.
Don't be panicked if a wild pig approaches you. They are not wild afterall, and the only thing they are interested in is to eat some grass. They will do their job, and you will probably take some good pictures of them.
Prohibited Import and Export Goods
The following goods may be imported into Kenya by passengers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1l of spirits or 2l of wine.
• Perfume and toilet water not exceeding 0.5l, of which not more than a quarter may be perfume.
The import of fruit, plants, seeds, live animals, ammunition and imitation firearms is prohibited.
The export of gold, diamonds and wildlife skins or game trophies not obtained from the authorized Kenyan government department is also prohibited.
Be Cautious of your surrounding.
Kenya is one of the safest countries in East Africa with its friendly people. Nevertheless it is advisable that you be cautious of your surrounding. It’s good to avoid isolated or dark areas, to walk in groups, not to have flashy jewelry or carry purses and cameras loosely. It’s also advisable that you don’t carry large amounts of money with you, as there are ATM facilities all over
They do happen from time to time in Nairobi. Whether it be hawkers, students, or just normal wananchi having a go at the state.
These photos I took during that time in the early nineties when there was a call for multiparty democracy. There were riots over several days and then the odd one on each Thursday. There was a good deal of looting going on and not only by the general public, the GSU General Service Unit the armed chaps that you can see in my photo did their fair bit of looting that day. At one point they raided dry cleaners and made away with some rather natty suits.
The title of my Nairobi page is Nairobbery. This is a name that I thought has been in use only recently, but earlier this year I read Black House by Paul Theroux where one of the characters refers to Kenya's capital as Nairobbery. The book was first published in 1974 so maybe the city's reputation for being a bit dodgy has been around fro a while.
Use a bit of common sense and you should have a robbery free stay.
when travelling with your parter in most parts of nairobi including kimathi street avoid contacts with guys even girls who are dressed in anything with rasta colour'(clothes or bands with 4 colours red; black, yellow ,green also known as 'ras' thats sheng a slung word,this guys are a group and are all over nairobi,what theyll do is try to make you angry by abusing one of you guys and they will be expecting you to say anything even HI? and they will start arousing you with alot of staff and without you knowing they will start a fight wich will lead to a robbery and assoult soo the best way to get out of this unarmed is to walk away and assume them, and dont smile with people you dont know there are people who dont like it and by doing that theyll think youre soft and the will hunt you.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Update on security
My last visit in November 2008 was just a very short time at (outside) the international airport. I hadn't known about the ban of smoking in public areas (outdoor too) as there is no sign or any kind of information or warning about it. I was smoking on the street outside the airport when a security (police?) guy came to me and wanted to arrest me for that "offence".
Then, of course, he came to the point: he said he was hungry and asked for a "gift". I gave him 10 dollars while he "escorted" me to a restaurant. When I found out that smoking is not allowed there, he realized that I got really angry so probably he was afraid that I would go to the police station and he gave back the money. I know at the end this doesn't sound too hard but during that torment I really felt humiliated and naked :-(
Visa at the airport for UK passport holders
We had decided as many people do to buy our visa's on arrival at Nairobi airport. We had been advised that we could purchase our visa in US dollars and had our money ready accordingly. However on arrival we were told we could not pay in dollars as we were British Passport holders, we had to pay in sterling (£35). We only had £70 of sterling on us and there were 3 of us. Eventually the woman at imigration let us pay for 2 in sterling and 1 in dollars, but we had to do some persuading!
I know this isn't always the case as others travelling in our group who arrived a few days later didn't have any problem paying in dollars, but I would advise having sterling available just in case to prevent delays after a long flight.
It seems to me, that black people don't appreciate shoes, if they can see you toes. Bare toes make them unpolite.
As well they love neoncolours. Which are neoncolours? Beige can't be a neoncolour by any kind of logical thinking. It is only totally impossible to understand, which colours people condider to be neoncolours. But that is not problem only in Africa, but everywhere.
Guys if your white, it is not a good idea to go out on your own after dark.
in fact unless you are a local dont do it!
There a lot of poor areas and they think nothing of releving you of any money or shiny things, be aware!
Added to this that you might get finded by people posing as police, that are infact police pretending not to be apart from the fact they have the same uniforms guns and all......
The papers say they are not police but everyones else says they are, i got stopped once by police road block which fined my man for firstly being a taxi then for not having a indate ticket....which was ok but no paper work was given to him so he was stopped and fined again 1/2 mile up the road.... maily because he had a white man in the car the fine went up.!
you been warned
PS i would go again,with out a doubt
To be blond
About all black people love white skin. But then, when you have got white skin and blue eyes, they don't notice that. Kenians don't see better than finnish people. They may even think they are alike to those people coming from northern country.
Maybe kenians ARE alike to finnish people. Maybe thEy even are also SISU-people, that they treath you badly and they think that you'll begin to see better out and not to get upset and depressed obviously if somebody says something dirty or bad about yourself. How borng is that to finnish woman!!! Where is the land, in which bad words lead to visible depression and lack of ability to take care of itself and it is understood?
Do black people want to obey white people? Why?
Can't they think out, that travellers maybe have had some reason to look unhappy IN THEIR OWN COUNRY and that they can't change suddenly to look happy?
THIS IS ALSO A LAND, WHERE people DON'T SEE....
IT IS NOT INTERESTING TO KENYANS, THAT YOU HAVE TRAVELLED 8000 KILOMETERS TO SEE THEM!!!
I would guess, that kenyans even get children, because they are not shy and streined. Why are they then not initiative and happy to meet silent people? In that case I would say no to their finnish babys. What is the only reason to want child with kenyan: they say they are not streined.
I am sure if you are researching Nairobi that you have come across the name "Nairobbery" and as unfortunate as this nickname is, it is a place where crime runs amok.
- Do not wear jewelry. Leave your diamond rings at home, leave your Rolex at home, and do not under any circumstance dress flashy. Necklaces will be ripped off, earrings torn off your ears, and people will go to great lengths to get what you have. Don't invite it to happen.
- Try to travel as much as you can by private vehicle. While matatus are very inexpensive as a mode as transporation, they are also frequently robbed, even when full of people.
- Do not walk alone or after dark. Even if you are just going a couple of blocks, take a taxi.
- Carry as little money as you can. Keep cards hidden and inaccessable, keep money hidden ALWAYS and only openly carry small bills and small amounts of money in a pocket that you can get to quickly and easily, but a pickpocket can not.
- Get a local to help you out. I managed to find a Kenyan who escorted me through the large Masai Market in downtown Nairobi. He'd tell off young pickpockets in Swahili when they came too close to me, and he kept a watchful eye on everyone around me, he'd also barter for me and I got much better prices with his help.
- Be cautious and always be prepared. Don't ruin your trip worrying about crime, but be vigilant and don't ever let your guard down. Keep your car doors locked, keep an eye on people, follow your gut instinct about people, and don't put yourself in a compromising position.
- Do not go to the slums, they are no place for a tourist to go, no matter what. Just because there are hundreds of people around and it's broad daylight does not mean you won't be a victim of crime.
- Learn some Swahili. Even if you just know "yes" and "no" that is at least something. If you have an emergency, it's better to have some of the local language to make yourself understood.
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