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Safe to sightsee in Nairobi

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Brisbane, Australia
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Safe to sightsee in Nairobi

We have 36 hours in Nairobi (Panafric Hotel) before our safari starts in September. Is it safe for tourists to walk around the city itself. If so, what do you recommend we see for the day and a half we have there and wha is the best way of getting around, walking, taxis or bus. Any help would be much appreciated. Ann

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1. Re: Safe to sightsee in Nairobi

Taxis are perfectly safe (well as safe as Nairobi traffic allows). There is the Karen Blixen house which is worth a visit and also the Giraffe Centre where you can kiss a giraffe. Bomas of Kenya is also good if you have time. Here you can see examples of different tribal homes and also see exhibitions of tribal dancing.

Colden, New York
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You could do tour of giraffe center and Karen Blixen home-takes about 3 hrs. Sheldrick elephant orphanage-only from 11:00 am to noon. Kazuri on grounds Karen home for pottery, beaded jewelry. Kitengela Glass-opposite Nairobi Natl. Park or even Nairobi Natl. Park w/ city backdrop/background. Put in Nairobi day tours in upper left search box. Should bring up info. for you.

Twin Falls, Idaho
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3. Re: Safe to sightsee in Nairobi

Keep in mind that Nairobi does has a serious crime problem-it has been given the unfortunate knickname of Nairobbery for a reason.

SO- do not walk anywhere at night and during the day keep a tight hold of your purse, dont carry too many bags, too much money, passport etc. I agree to take a taxi-make sure you negotiate prices before you get in or once you get there they will try to seriously over charge you.

a common way of stealing purses there is to ride by on a motorbike and snatch it-the force is enough to rip it from your hands so if walking keep it to side opposite the street.

Oh, and dont expect cars to stop for you to cross the street-proceed with caution

I live and work in Tanzania and have never felt completely at ease in Nairobi. Having said that-you run the risk of having your purse snatched alot of places like here in Arusha (and I had mine stolen on the beach in Zanzibar). Thieves in Nairobi tend to be more aggressive though so just stay aware and you should have no problems.

I always liked eating at the Carnivore but I hear they stopped offering game-which would be a real shame.

The Museum of Natural History is very nice-great exhibits-if you are interetsted at all in museums I recommend it

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5. Re: Safe to sightsee in Nairobi

Serval girl has overstated it have been to Nairobi 6 times now nothing untoward has happened yet. Just treat it like any other big town in the world and be aware of your surroundings. This could apply just as much to Amsterdam, London, Sydney, New York,Singapore or Johannesburg. Placcves to visit National Museum. National Park, Giraffe centre, Safari Walk National Archives.

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nairobi is fine during daylight. like any city, there are places to avoid and you need to use common sense. I feel completely at ease walking around downtown. Night is another matter. We were advised again and again to take a taxi even for just half a block. We heard it enough that we didn't risk it. We were even escorted by a guard from a downtown restaurant across the sidewalk to get in a cab! And the ATM across the street had an armed guard.

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Serval girl has not overstated it.

and I wouldnt say it about anywhere here in Tanzania.

I know many people who have worked in Nairobi and many have been mugged-some violently. You have a much higher chance of being robbed there than in many other cities. Chances of a quick visit being fine is high-but why on earth risk it by walking with your purse dangling loosly in your hand or going to an ATM that doesnt have a guard at it, or wlaking at night...... and for the record I did say that you can get robbed anywhere and in fact I have here in Tanzania-but Nairobi is much worse. and yes-it is known ans Nairobbery here is EA

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8. Re: Safe to sightsee in Nairobi

I feel perfectly at ease walking around the City Centre and Westlands, even after dark.

Nairobi, Kenya
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As a local i may have a different view but having moved about, Nairobi is just like any other developing city-stay alert, don't carry any ostentatious/ obvious wealth trappings,avoid any dark corners and you'll pretty much enjoy what the City has to offer-please wear your watch!The City Center is SAFE. No harm in going to any ATM at least in the daytime hours or conducting any normal business.i don't think you will have the time to go to the downtown areas so walking is pretty much safe. you could even walk all the way from the Panafric to the City Centre(barely 15mins)-its a common thorough fare for all.Many tourists walk even from the Serena Hotel which is 5 minutes away from the Panafric.

For the 36 hours, Karen Blixen, Safari walk at the Nairobi National Park, the National Museum would easily give you a great taste of Kenya.A visit to the Carnivore would help you appreciate the local cuisine. Great for night life.For all these places, a taxi would be recommended due to the complexities of public transport and the distances.Buses (properly marked!)are readily available to the city centre right across the Panafric!You could try this for a taste of the local transport!

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