Is it safe to travel to Nairobi Kenya? – Nairobi Tourist Guide
Cheetah Safaris is 100% locally owned, and the whole team lives within and around Nairobi City. We would generally tell you it’s quite safe and easy to move around especially compared to so many other cities in Africa and even in the world.
You would wonder if it is safe to travel to Nairobi. Our answer is YES. It’s very safe to visit and spend your time and travel to Kenya. We have handled so many safari guests since our operations started, and we have never had cases of insecurity. We also have detailed articles that list the safest countries in Africa for safaris.
Of course, it’s not 100% safe, Nairobi, like any other city in the world, has its own insecurity issues, including terrorism and theft. In this article, we will discuss how you will need to ensure you practice safety in Nairobi and Kenya in General.
Is Nairobi Kenya Safe for Tourists?
To answer this, Nairobi is very safe for tourists looking to enjoy their safari holidays in Kenya. Actually, Nairobi is known as the hub for tourism and gets a high number of tourists coming in for safaris and holidays compared to other East African Countries.
There are so many places you can visit around Nairobi, and still feel safe and with no problems. Despite the very few terrorism issues Nairobi Kenya has faced, 2 in total, does not make it not safe to visit. Most places are under tight security personnel from the government and other security agencies.
Is Nairobi Safe? It’s known to have most international headquarters including the famous offices of the UN, lots of embassy offices, and other well-known international organizations, making it safer to stay within Nairobi.
Nairobi Safety Tips – Best Safety and Health Practices
When in Nairobi for holidays and safaris, it’s important to know how to work around, engage, behave and take precautions. below are some of the most crucial tips you need to know for your safety in Nairobi. We have a detailed best time to visit the Kenya page that can help you plan accordingly.
- Ensure you purchase travel and medical insurance before coming to Kenya or Nairobi.
- Check with your country’s travel advisories, to avoid inconveniences
- Within Nairobi, never walk alone within the CBD and its environs
- Ensure you book your city tour or safari with a licensed and registered safari company or safari guide. An example is the Tour Operators Society of Kenya (TOSK)
- Never walk within Nairobi with lots of money, and never show off that you have lots of money in public or with people you don’t trust
- In case you need transfers, you can plan with your travel company or the hotel you are in. Never ride with someone you don’t know or trust.
- Carry your passport and credit cards separately from your commonly used wallet, preferably carrying them in a hidden money pocket. If you do get mugged, do not resist.
- In case you need to exchange money, do it at your hotel or an advised registered exchange bureau.
- To the ladies, it’s not advisable to walk alone, as sexual assault is known to be all over the world, and Nairobi is no exception
- In case of any challenges or issues and you need assistance while in Nairobi, get in touch with the police by dialing 999 or visiting your consulate or letting your travel agent know and help you.
- Never be in any crowded places within Nairobi
Is Kenya Safe for Female Solo Travellers?
There are no risks specific to solo travel in Kenya, but single women in particular should apply the usual common-sense precautions such as not walking alone at night in cities, particularly Nairobi, and avoiding deserted beaches.
It’s very safe to travel alone in Nairobi. For ladies, it might be a bit different as they are more prone to sexual assault, mugging, and maybe abuse. It’s advisable to walk with a guide, or in a group so as to ensure you are safe.
As a female tourist, it’s not recommended to ride in a taxi that is not registered or you know the person. Ensure it’s a hotel taxi or a recommended transfer from your safari company. Never travel during the night or be late in the city alone. Ensure you are at your hotel by 5.00 pm in the evening.
Safe Tourist Places to Visit Around Nairobi
Nairobi has some of the most interesting city attractions. These are activities that you can do safely and with confidence and are the ones we recommend unless otherwise. These attractions are located in the most secure and safe neighborhoods and you are almost guaranteed to have an amazing experience.
You can enjoy an amazing city tour within Nairobi by visiting these places:-
- Giraffe Center in Karen
- David Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary in Langata
- Nairobi National Park
- National Museums of Kenya
- Kenya National Archives
- Coffee and Tea Farms within Nairobi environs
- Upper CBD for street tours and walks
Please note, is not recommended to walk alone, unless in the company and guidance of a licensed tour guide from a licensed safari company.
Important Notes and contacts incase of emergencies
In case of any emergencies that you might encounter on your stay in Nairobi, please use this avenue to get help
- American Citizen Services Unit
- U.S. Citizens with emergencies, please call: 254-20-3636451
- U.S. Citizens with emergencies after office hours, call: 254-20-3636000
- Email: Kenya_ACS@state.gov
- If you’re a British national traveling in Nairobi or anywhere else in Kenya with an emergency, call the British High Commission in Nairobi at +254 (0) 20 2873000 or +254 (0) 20 2844000.
- Call Kenyan Police on 999 or Amref International incase of emergency evacuations www.flydoc.org Emergency Number: +254 20 699 2299
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