​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.

In our opinion, Kenya is generally safe to visit. The tourist industry is very established and visitors are very well looked after. Several governments have advised against traveling to remote border areas, but tour operators will only take you to places that are considered safe. For more info on these travel warnings, see the advisory links below.

There is crime in big cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa, but most issues can be avoided by following basic safety precautions. You should stay clear of political demonstrations. More than a million tourists visit Kenya every year, and the vast majority of visits are trouble-free.

Below are tips on staying safe in Kenya.

Staying Safe on Wildlife Viewing Activities

Your safari guides will work to ensure your safety at all times. Follow their instructions and always keep your distance from wild animals. When on a self-drive safari, only leave your car under instructions from your guide and only where it has been designated as safe to do so. For additional tips:

Staying Safe in Cities & Towns

As is the case all over the world, big cities tend to be crime hot spots. Although most issues are minor, such as petty theft and pickpocketing, some areas of Nairobi and Mombasa are best avoided unless you are on guided activities. When heading out in the city, follow a few simple safety precautions: seek advice from your hotel before going out; don’t wear valuables and only take the money you need with you; and catch a taxi after dark. For more safety tips that apply to African cities in general:

Other Tips on Staying Safe

Please read the pages below regarding malaria and vaccination information for Kenya and general travel safety precautions.

Governments' Travel Advice

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

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