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Is Nairobi Dangerous?

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Is Nairobi Dangerous?

How dangerous is Nairobi as a city? Hearing stories of dangers of robbery, etc. My daughter is thinking of volunteering there for a month in July.

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11. Re: Is Nairobi Dangerous?

We do have volunteers, but the minimum age is 18 unless they are with a parent or guardian. I can see the two youngsters mentioned by 4sandi were fine, but I gather there are legal (and insurance) reasons for minors to be accompanied - at least from UK..

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12. Re: Is Nairobi Dangerous?

I have a friend who is in Nairobi currently for a two weeks visit. He is married there and the visit includes short travels within. He tells me it is safe.

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13. Re: Is Nairobi Dangerous?

Dear Dempsey,

I always tell people planning to visit Nairobi that they needn't worry,as long as they take sensible precautions.Furthermore,they shouldn't so anything foolish which is the same advice to be followed anywhere. I always keep my credit cards,cash,and a copy of my passport in concealed pockets. This is something I learned to do some 20 years ago on my travels.

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14. Re: Is Nairobi Dangerous?

Hi, I just came back from Nairobi. My girlfriend and I traveled together, so two woman. I felt very safe. Sure there are areas you shouldn't go. But common sense and listening to others with warnings helps. Often we where the only white people in places and felt incredibly safe. We did get taxis(very expensive) and used common sense. I would let my daughter go with a doubt. Phone coverage is excellent.

Comparing South Africa to Kenya is not a realistic comparison.

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15. Re: Is Nairobi Dangerous?

I must say that living in Nairobi,I find the Kenyan people to be incredibly helpful,and always concerned about my security. They don't want foreigners to be the victims of robberies or any other crimes. In general they are very kind,polite and warm.

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