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1. Posted by Alexie (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Has anyone taken the train from Nairobi to Mombasa and is it safe for a lone female traveller?
Any advice much appreciated!

2. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Hi Alexie,
Firstlyl I'm not a female and therefore am not qualified to give a definitave answer, so, whatever you read here take it in your stride, ok?

I've taken the train mentioned and met with lots of people who've travelled it but not any single girls, (that doesn't mean they don't travel this route), but once on the train things are pretty good, so long as you take sensible precautions and bring a lock for the inside of your cabin door, be nice to the train guards and ask their advice.

As a lone female traveller, especially if you are white or fair skinned it could be a little freakey waiting in the train station as the train is not noted for its on-time departures. That would mean a lot of waiting around and getting a lot of stares but nothng more than that. People will be friendly and try to engage you in conversation (a few photos of home will go a long way to easing your path).

Having said that, I would get someone to wait with you in Nairobi station until the train departs....
But that's just my take on things, I don't know how adverterous you are or how well you handle situations like this.
I hope I've been some help. Oh and by the way, when they lower the National flag in the station at the end of the day (or anywhere else in Kenye for that matter), make sure and stand to attention giving it the proper respect, it helps, believe me.

3. Posted by Alexie (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks Zaksame. Your advice is very much appreciated. I won't have anyone to wait with me in Nairobi unfortunately. Don't mind a bit of hassle, but more worried about safety as I've heard Nairobi can be a bit difficult sometimes. Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely take it on board ;)