Is there amybody out there that has been to Kenya who could give me some info. I am planning to head there in August/September for about 6 weeks on my todd, to volunteer for a few weeks and then a bit of adventure. Just wonderin how safe it is for a girl solo?? would appreciate any tips. ta v much.
Kenya can a wee bit dodgy round Nairobi and the north western regions, but its not unheard of for solo girls to travel there. Id get a companion if possible, youll get less hassle. Mombasa and the east are pretty safe, though you do get harrassed by very pushy salesmen.
I reccomend Shimba hills and East Tsvao for Safaris - though you wont see quite as many animals as the Masi Mara, youll see virtually zero tourists.
ope you had a safe safari to Kenya. Although right now we seem to be experiencing political mayhem its not always so bad. If you didn't make it and still have questions please do not hesitate to ask.
I was to keep everyone updated on the situation in Kenya but was out temporarily attending a burial of a relative.
I did pass through the Narok - mai mahiu - nairobi Route and things were not bad as I could see some safari vand on that road. Nakuru which erupted on Friday is now calm and below find the update from the Spokesperson of KTF as of yesterday:
KENYA TOURISM FEDERATION DAILY SECURITY UPDATES
Monday 28th January 2008 9 p.m.
The main tourist areas at the beach resorts and the safari circuit continue to receive international tourist visitors as usual and the current situation is as follows:
Mombasa and coast: there are no problems at any of the beach resorts and the roads between Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Nyali, Bamburi, Mombasa, Diani, Galu, Msambweni are all open and reported to have no problems. The international airport at Mombasa is operating as normal with both charter flights and daily scheduled services flying in and there is no problem with access to the airport on the roads from the north and south of Mombasa. The ferry at Likoni is operating as normal for tourists travelling to the south coast.
Nairobi: the city is calm and all appears now to be back to normal. The airport continues operating as normal and all international hotels are open for business. No problems have been reported in recent days.
Safaris: all the national parks and wildlife reserves are operating as normal with most camps and lodges open for business. The roads linking the parks and reserves are all open and conditions are normal with the exception of roads through Naivasha town (see below). For tourist vehicles travelling by road to the Mara, the road passing Narok town is a stretch of approximately 4 kms and is now being monitored by a permanent security patrol to ensure that there are no problems for tourist vehicles. For the past week tourist vehicles have been driving along this route from Nairobi to the Mara daily without any problem and latest reports indicate that the road is open and that traffic is moving freely. The route to the Mara is south from Narok and drivers do not need to drive north to Bomet which is within the area recommended as off-limits to tourists (see below).
AREAS TO BE AVOIDED BY TOURISTS
Naivasha and Nakuru
As reported yesterday, the violent disturbances and clashes between rival groups in and around Naivasha were eventually brought under control by the police and security forces by yesterday afternoon. The roads were opened by police and army so that traffic was able to move in and out of Naivasha today. However tensions in Naivasha and Nakuru remain and the Kenya Tourism Federation recommends that road safaris through Naivasha town and on by road to Lake Nakuru should be suspended for the next few days while we monitor the situation and until we can confirm that peace and calm have been restored once again in the area. However air safaris may continue to Lake Nakuru National Park using the airstrips in the park. The Warden of Lake Nakuru National Park has confirmed that all is calm within the park and that tourist visitors have not been affected by the clashes beyond Nakuru. Lake Nakuru Park remains secure and safe for visitors with KWS rangers on duty.
Western Kenya, areas off-limits for tourists: In addition to Naivasha and Nakuru, the Kenya Tourism Federation continues to recommend that for the time being visitors should avoid the following areas where there have been continuing sporadic incidents of civil unrest: Nyanza Province, Western Province, and the western area of Rift Valley Province including roads to the north of Narok to Bomet, Sotik and Njoro, the areas surrounding Kericho, Molo, Londiani, Nandi Hills and Eldoret. These places are not normally visited by tourists and members of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators have avoided these areas since the onset of the post-election problems.
For visitors to Nairobi it is recommended that the high density housing estates and slums should be avoided, including Eastleigh, Mathare, Huruma and Kibera but tourists have always been advised to keep away from these areas.
For visitors to the Coast it is recommended to avoid going into Mombasa “town” at the present time including the areas of Majengo, Tonononka, and Bondeni as some sporadic demonstrations have occurred previously in this area. Mombasa is an island and not a beach resort and the areas mentioned can be avoided by tourist vehicles transferring from the airport to the beach resorts on the north and south mainland.
Kenya Tourism Federation
I went to Kenya by myself 10 years ago.
I dont think it is so dangerous for women that u should not go.
As somebody mentioned everybody should be careful in Naiorobi. Robberies are common. Take a taxi from the airport to the city and not the city bus. U will be robbed if u take the bus. They will push and shove u and rob u during this distraction. If u see any expats at the airport then ask them which taxi service is reputable. Otherwise make sure the one u take is an official taxi company.
Take every precaution to prevent being robbed all around Kenya. Reporting anything to Kenyan police is not worth it. And if somebody does rob u dont shout thief. The locals hate thieves and beat people for stealing. If u are a white person u will generally be treated with a lot of respect but u will also be considered rich and worth robbing.
Dont fall asleep on public transport and dont accept drinks and food from strangers.
More than any of these precautions take care with the political situation. If it still as volatile as it is right now I would avoid going. If u really want to go then always have the latest updates everyday while u are there. Tanzania is nice and peaceful right now. Why dont u got there?