Due to security issues and terrorist threats, the Foreign Office does not recommend travel to certain regions of Kenya
. These include the whole of the area bordering Somalia (within 60km), the northern coast including Lamu Island, and parts of Mombasa and Nairobi – although it is safe to fly into both of these cities. Check the current security situation on the FCO website
, and speak to your tour operator if concerned.
If staying in Nairobi or Mombasa, this is not the time to scrimp; it is important to book a decent hotel in a safe area with good security
. Do not walk alone in the cities – and do not go out after dark. If using taxis, pre-book through your hotel.
Camping in game reserves is thrilling as you are surrounded by wildlife – including elephants, lions and hyenas. Your guide will explain the regulations at each camp – do pay attention to them!
Kenya is a conservative country, and all travellers should dress modestly. Women in particular should not wear shorts or sleeveless tops. This is especially important in coastal areas – including Mombasa – where the population is largely Muslim, and during the holy month of Ramadan (this changes date each year).
Always follow your driver or guide’s advice
when in national parks and around wildlife, especially on walking safaris.
Be sure to use a reputable company for climbing Mount Kenya
. Ill-equipped or untrained guides put lives at risk.
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya
. Same sex couples should be extremely cautious; even holding hands or kissing can carry heavy penalties or imprisonment.
Familiarise yourself with local laws
. It is illegal to photograph official buildings, destroy local currency or smoke in public places; you could fined yourself being arrested if you inadvertently break any of these laws.