Safety & Security – Kenya
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.
Baringo County in central Kenya experienced elevated levels of banditry in early 2017. The situation appears to be stable through 2018 and 2019, but the area should still be considered potentially volatile. Independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading into Baringo County or Laikipia.
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.
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:
- Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions
- Cities & Other Urban Areas Safety Precautions
- General Travel Safety Precautions
- Kenya: Malaria & Vaccinations
Governments' Travel Advice
Please use the links below for governments' travel advice on Kenya.
- Australia – www.smartraveller.gov.au
- Canada – www.voyage.gc.ca
- Ireland – www.dfa.ie
- New Zealand – www.safetravel.govt.nz
- United Kingdom – www.gov.uk
- United States – travel.state.gov