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What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

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What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

My friend and I have going for a safari in January - and thinking about extending our trip for 4 or 5 days to check out Nibobi and possibly take a trip to Zanzibar.

Do you think we will be safe?

And also, how hard/easy is it to get a train or plane to Zanzibar? Any recommendations?

Thank you!

Katherine

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1. Re: What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

Do you mean Nairobi? If so, take sensible precautions while in in the city. If you walk around (ask your hotel staff first where it's safe to walk), I would leave any valuables in your hotel safe and just carry what you need for the day. You can also hire a taxi for the day to take you sightseeing and the taxi driver will wait for you at each stop. I'd advise taking a taxi anywhere after dark.

The easiest way to get to Zanzibar from Nairobi is to fly and there are daily nonstop flights. Where are you going on safari? You can also consider spending your coast/beach time in Kenya. Though I haven't been there, I've heard Lamu compared favorably to Zanzibar.

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2. Re: What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

I just got back - woman travelling alone. I was with a tour group lots of the time, but I would rather travel alone in Africa than in Mexico. I never had a problem and the African people treated me with respect everywhere I went. And to think I was worried about going there alone all these years!

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3. Re: What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

Kenya is a marvellous country to visit. Advice to women, it's safe to venture during the day. Stay indoors at nite & DON'T take any taxis at night.

Plenty of budget places to visit in NBI & Mombasa. Lamu is much preferred to Zanzibar. Lamu has alot of budget places to stay & food/drinks very cheap. Yumbe House in Lamu town is highyly recommeded.

CA
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4. Re: What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

I was not sure wether to post or not as It was 5 yrs ago I was there. I was with a group and felt safe although there were rumors about women going into Nairobi alone. I would just say play it safe and only go where your hotel informs you is safe. Keep reading the posts here as some of them have very recent exp. Good luck.

I loved Africa !!

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You should be safe, just don't travel around at night, especially on less populated roads (this includes travelling by taxi!). There are thieves and car-jackers on these roads at night. It gets dark around 6 there, don't forget. If you go out at night it is usually possible to book your taxi driver for your return trip. Don't take chances and you'll be fine.

There are flights to Zanzibar from Mombassa, Nairobi and a ferry from Dar es Saleem. Don't take a bus. Flying is safer. The high speed ferry is safe, too.

It is more expensive to cross country borders via plane, it seems. Flying within Kenya was quite affordable. Our flight to Zanzibar from Kenya was a little pricey, plus you have to buy another Visa.

I went to Lamu as well which is definetly a good alternative to Zanibar (However I loved the secluded eastern coast of Zanzibar!).

If your looking for more of a resort area, Diani Beach was nice. There are a few excellent restaurants here and a great beach restaurant/bar called the Forty Thieves.

Don't plan to spend any time right in Mombassa.

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I am a woman in Nairobi and I do take taxis at night when I want to go out. I have never met another woman who did not.

The only thing is at night, always order a cab from a well-known company (such as Jimcab or Jatco for instance). Anyway, they will never accept to drive you through unsafe areas.

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8. Re: What is your opinion on two white women traveling in Nairobi

How does one get to Lumu (sp?) ... and how does it compare to Zanzibar in terms of acitivites? Is it possible to do a *good* 7 day safari return to nairobi and then head to Lumu for a couple days? we want to do beach and game viewing! This would be either in August or December. Would love to hear what the women did too.

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