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Safety in Nairobi

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West Tisbury...
posts: 12
reviews: 22
Safety in Nairobi

My daughter and are are scheduled to stay for two nights in Nairobi before going on safari on Feb 18th. We have just learned that the US State Dept travel advisory website describes Nairobi as a very dangerous place and we are wondering what other travelers have experienced. Is Nairobi too dangerous for two women alone? Should we try to leave the city and stay in a safari lodge until our trip in the Masai Mara begins? Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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1. Re: Safety in Nairobi

Hello, Nairobi is fine, its a big capital city, so there are good and bad parts. stay in a good hotel and take a taxi at night. For entertainment there is carnivore restaraunt...a "must" ...shopping at the village Market is very nice. There is much more to see, the giraffe centre (you can do this in an hour), karen Blixens house (nice place to have a lunch after veiwing the house, especailly if you've seen "out of Africa"), much more..but two days you probably wont get the chance. Hope this helps!, im just packing for my sixth vist (and wedding there!) so there is a reference for you!

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2. Re: Safety in Nairobi

hey, just like the above reply, nairobi is generally ok. As with any country, stick together and keep valuables close by. Most taxi people can speak english so you will be ok, just stay in the main city. Enjoy!

West Tisbury...
posts: 12
reviews: 22
3. Re: Safety in Nairobi

Thanks for your messages. Perhaps our govt's travel advisories blow things a bit out of proportion. I have been looking forward to taking this trip for many years and I hope my daughter's fears will be assuaged by your assurances.

Balmain, Australia
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reviews: 30
4. Re: Safety in Nairobi

Nairobi is a place you need to keep your wits about you(I lived in Nairobi for a couple of years until recently and walked everywhere very often alone and am female) - but don't keep yourselves couped up in your hotel room - its a great place. If you are there for only 2 days you really will be fine ... just don't go showing off cameras, jewelry etc or go wandering off onto side streets or walking around too much at night ... take taxis they are cheap ...and the licensed kind.

London, United...
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5. Re: Safety in Nairobi

It's the same as any big city in the world, been there 3 times in the last 2 years and going again in June, just be as careful as you would bew in any big city, no valuables on show, certainly not cameras. Try not to visit the River Road Area but if you must hire an Askari to escort you, it won cost much just a few dollars and the problem is solved