Safety & Security – Kenya

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Travel Alert

All countries issue warnings for terrorist attacks in Kenya. Nairobi and Mombasa are the most likely targets. Terrorist attacks in Kenya are very sporadic and the chance of getting caught up in one is extremely small. It is however advisable to contact your travel agent and read the current travel warnings before going to these cities in Kenya.

Most countries have also issued a travel warning for the Kenyan border areas with Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia, including coastal areas, due to regional instability and kidnapping.

See the links below for the official travel advisories of several governments.

Fortunately, these risk-zones are easily avoided without compromising your safari. When taking normal safety precautions, Kenya is considered safe as a safari destination and for most tourism in general.

Travel Alert

More than a million tourists visit Kenya every year, and most visits are trouble-free. By avoiding the areas listed in the travel alert above, Kenya, in our opinion, can be considered a safe travel destination, even more so if the purpose is an organized safari. Nairobi has had a bad reputation for a long time, so walking the city unaccompanied isn’t recommended. An overnight stay at a reputable hotel is generally safe.

As for all traveling abroad and in wildlife areas, we do advise these basic safety precautions:

Governments' Travel Advice

Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Kenya.

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