Pot-holes in roads
If driving around the countryside surrounding Nairobi,beware!The roads are littered with pot-holes that play havoc with the car's suspension.They are filled in periodically with red dirt,but this gets dispersed almost as soon as it's chucked in the holes!
We were fortunate in having a driver who knew the location of all the worst holes and manoevered around them!
The economy of Kenya does not allow for Tarmac-ing of roads,other than the main ones.
If you are in the bush take measures to help keep you safe. Measures need to be able to disuade large animals and humans.
Simple things like waking the scorpions up and letting them go walkies before putting your shoes on also help to make your stay more enjoyable.
You are really high up, relative altitude density is a major factor here for both rotary and fixed wing aircraft.
Also Kenya has several volcanoes. Little tip, landing a helicopter inside the bowl at the top of a dormant volcano is all well and good and sure it looks great in your log book but...
Please think about the downdraft on take-off. The blades push all the air down, the bowl deflects it all up and straight back down into the blades- this is an extremely effective way of having to write off a perfectly good and fully functioning ý5.3m helicopter. It also means you've got a hell of a long way to walk before you can get any dinner.
Beware Jewel Theif
When we were travelling in Nairobi we were careful not to carry anything of value on us. However one day when we were walking down a fairly busy street I felt someone grab at my ears and a sharp pain. As a man ran off I reached up to find that my earrings were gone. It all happened so fast! The earrings were not valuable....just shows how desperate people can get.
Safety in Nairobi
Nairobi or Nairobbery is a very bad place. This should not prevent you from visiting because you can always go on organized trips and get around by taxi. Anyway, last year when I was in Nairobi I wanted to take a taxi to the downtown sectionj to exchange my currency. Eventhough there was security at the exchange booth and I was taking a taxi, the hotel sent an armed security guard with me downtown and had the taxi wait for me until I was finished. If you do plan on walking around the downtown area (especially if you are a foreigner) be prepared to be surrounded by many beggars and pickpockets, underneath all of the barbed wire and windows with bars on them.
- Study Abroad
This is just a warning for the fellows who smoke...do not take an expensive lighter with you as you will probably be asked to leave it at the customs check and never see it again. It happened to me when I checked in for the flight from Nairobi to London.
Nai-robbery is what a lot of...
Nai-robbery is what a lot of travelers call this city! Lots of petty thieving going on here, so use your common sense. Don't walk alone in parks and empty alleys. But sometimes even in broad daylight, you may get robbed by a machete wielding thug. 'Ive heard many stories about it here. Fortunately, nothing happened to me there.
BE CAREFUL AT NIGHTNairobi is...
BE CAREFUL AT NIGHT
Nairobi is famous for being quite dangerous for tourists. I didn't have any bad experience myself but many tourists call it 'Nairobbery'... Anyway, just be careful, don't show cameras, money... you know, all that stuff.
A popualr scam in Nairobi, is...
A popualr scam in Nairobi, is for men to pose as police and demand for your passport or your money - to check if it's conterfiet. They come up with some pretty imaginative stories. Be firm and demand to go to the police station.
watch out for the humping turtles
If you stay in the Nairobi Backpackers may i give you a warning. Watch out for the humping turtles, they are ferocious and will eat you alive.