Kenya Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Reviews from VirtualTourist Members
There is big difference in strolling around during a day or during a night. The city centre area is very safe during a day but the situation is changing after 11pm. This very busy area, during a day, is completely changed after dark and only few people could be seen walking the streets. I am taking the risk and walk even late in the night but I know the place and bad guys know whom I am and never bothering. Do not take such a risk, under no circumstances, if alone and if not very familiar with the city locations. Fact is, street boyz will probably avoid to mass up with the white tourists but in Nairobi you cannot be sure about it. There are alot of really desperate people around who will do anything to get some small money.Certain city areas are risky even if day light, such as Downtown, espacially area called "Tea-room", the area of Kibera, Thika road especially around Ghiturai, Nairobi...
Kenya One Tour - NEVER USE THIS TOUR OPERATOR!!!
In the beginning of September 2011 I made a booking with a seemingly legitimate travel operator in Kenya for an exclusive Beach experience in Mombasa, Kenya for several families .The entire tour cost US$24,000.I made the booking through Kenya One Tours, who received full payment from my clients in early December 2011. This January 2012, when my clients tried to check out of Leisure Lodge Beach Resort, they were informed the bill had not been paid. Kenya One Tours never made the payment to the hotel. My clients called me to help and I immediately arranged an emergency loan to pay the outstanding hotel bill of US$15, 350 out of my own pocket to save my clients from embarrassment and to maintain the integrity of my business and reputation. Had I not been in the position to make these payments my clients would have been stranded.For the past 12 weeks, I have been unable to get Kenya One...
Yellow Fever cert. in transit flights to Kenya
Before our trip to Kenya we did a lot of research about the Yellow Fever Vaccine requirement. We got a lot of conflicting information. If you are coming straight from the U.S. you do not need the YF certificate. We had a connecting flight in Ethiopia which is a YF zone but we were not going to leave the airport, we were not going through immigration so we would not have our passport stamped. It seemed common sense that you wouldn't count that as a visit to the country. We really didn't want to expose our bodies to anything more than we had to. Still nervous about the hassle that we might have in Kenya we called the CDC to see what they had to say. Even they were unsure if in transit flights would be considered as a visit. Eventually we broke down and just got the YF vaccine. I am thrilled that we did. We were asked for the certificate. Here is how it went down. There was only one Health...
My Taxi driver was due to pick me up from the house to take me to the airport at 3.30am. She was a bit late as she arrived, shaking like a leaf, at my door. Apparently, carjackers had attempted to jack her on Waiyaki Way near Kangeme which is the most dangerous place for this practice. She had to do some creative driving to get back to the Police Station in Nairobi to lodge a complaint and pick up an armed policeman to protect her and drive the car as she was too shaky to drive it herself. On the way to the airport, we had to drive at hair rasing speed to beat the jackers, there were two on our tail, and I needed biological washing powder when we finally got past the check in.Whatever you do, DON'T travel at night. Get a day flight in both directions.It cost me 5000Ksh to pay the policeman for his protection.Call Sgt Chege if you get in trouble, ask for his assistance (it will cost you...
Kenya Budget Car Hire
Whatever you do, DON'T go with this company. They have an office in Kemu Towers in Nairobi, 16th Floor and the Conman is Mr N J Njorge. His ploy is to get a slip from your credit card as *deposit* for 250,000.00 Ksh. The contract states 100,000.00 Ksh. He will pay it into his personal account and then delay and delay and DELAY paying it back to you. He thinks you have left the country and it will cost you more to come back and reclaim it. He hopes that you will give up and forget about it.Fortunately, I was still in Kenya and thanks to the magic of email, I was able to learn of this deception and appear at his office demanding the deposit back in cash. If you have any dispute with any conman in Nairobi, first go to the Police Station and ask to see the Chief of Police. You will be shown to the top floor (16th) and see a policeman, in my case the WONDERFUL Sgt Chege and his Constable...
avoid moving around alone at night.
I agree with whoever said that Nairobi is insecure and dangerous, but so is NY,Johannesburg and even Los Angeles. Most urban areas are dangerous which is why its important to know exactly where you are going. If possible get someobne that knows the city well to hang out with but not just any random person. A caucasian always stands out in an African city and when you end up in the wrong areas people will think you have lots of money on you and probably attack you. Otherwise Nairobi is one of the most modern cities in Africa and has alot to offer from a national park to a great museum, a reptile park, a variety of awesome night life and so much more. Its like a mini NewYork!
To most likelihood you will have a wonderful holiday in Kenya. however, even paradise has its dark spots, and crime is a reality, especially in big cities like Nairobi and Mombasa. So you should be careful - no night walks at the beach, actually not walking after dark outside the hotel. I know some members here wrote on their pages they felt "furious" about such warnings because it limited their freedom. Well, I live in Nairobi and I know lots of people, both expats and Kenyans, who have been mugged, robbed, carjacked etc. There is a reason for the warnings. Most Kenyans are wonderful people, but some people hope for the fast access to money and tourists are considered rich. Should you ever be unlucky enough to be robbed, don' t resist, don' t fight, just give them your valuables. I know too many cases of people being killed over a camera or some cash to advice any "bravery"
Pick Pockets and Conmen
When in Nairobi, there are pick pockets and conmen who are in the streets looking for unsuspecting people to cheat. They talk slowly and very convincingly, you will not think but give them the money they are asking for!! They then trick you to wait for them in a hotel but sadly, they will not come!!This usually happens in downtown of Nairobi or even the other nice areas. Some of these crooks are eloquent in foreign languages, smartly dressed and have fake business cards!If you want to do shopping or walk along the streets for a city tour, it is of prime importance to have a guide or someone you can trust.
Medical Info, Vaccinations, etc - Kenya & Mexico
Well I don't know about danger..I just wasn't sure how to file it, but this is useful information.This website (Off the Radar) has some medical information posted concerning travel to Kenya as well, such as vaccinations, malaria information, and a hard-to-pronounce, shcistosomiasis (which is a parasitic disease). Might be useful...unless you're already in Kenya right now! Hope you have safe & wonderful travels!http://www.travelofftheradar.com/2009/04/kenya-and-mexico-tips-from-the-adventure-doc/
Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission
Corruption is generally a problem in Africa. Kenya has it's own Anti-Corruption Commission. If you need their help, they are located at the Integrity Centre, Milimani/Valley road Junction. P.O.Box 61130-00200 Nairobi.
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