Kenya Travel Advice

For those considering travel to Kenya, it is important to note that there are certain areas that should not be travelled to unless essential. It is recommended that travellers avoid going within 60 kilometres of the Somali and Kenyan border all the way from Kiwayu, and the coastal areas located north of Pate Island. The Garissa District should also be avoided as well as Nairobi’s low-income areas. Additionally, you should limit travel to the Tana River delta triangle.

Terrorist Threats

There is a very high threat of terrorism in Kenya. The largest threat comes from the extremist group Al Shabaab. The group has made very public threats against the Kenyans because of the military intervention in Somalia. Terrorist attacks could target buildings that are frequented by foreign travellers and expatriates including bars, hotels, shopping centres, beaches, etc.

There have been recent grenade and armed attacks in Garissa, Mombasa, and Nairobi. The most recent attack occurred on the third of August.

Kidnapping Threats

When visiting Kenya it is important to know that there is a high risk of kidnapping in all the areas that are located within 60 kilometres of the Somalia/Kenya border. There were two attacks by boats in the fall of 2011, both taking place on properties located on the beach front. There have been a number of kidnappings that have occurred in the Dadaab refugee camp located in the north-eastern part of Kenya. You can read more about these kidnappings here.

Street Crime

When visiting Kenya it is important to take the appropriate personal security measures. Make sure that you remain vigilant during your entire trip. There are many violent street crimes that take place in the country including carjacking, kidnappings, muggings, and armed robberies. Be extremely careful when you are travelling anywhere at night. If you are travelling outside of cities and into remote areas, you should consider travelling in a convoy.

Driving in Kenya

You can compare car hire prices for Kenya to find the best possible deal when hiring a car for your holiday. Your UK driving licence will be sufficient for driving in Kenya as long as your trip is for less than three months. When driving at night try to stay with a group of others or avoid driving during the night if at all possible. Driving through the country of Kenya can be a very rewarding experience as it allows you to see parts of the country that you would otherwise not get to see.

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