Kenya Safari Safety

All visitors to Kenya need security clearance before they can be allowed to enter the country. Travelers who intend to travel to far-flung areas such as Marsabit and Turkana where security has been placed at level 3 also need a special form of clearance to ensure their safety. It is also highly advisable to stay in hotels whose security situations have been assessed and approved to be at the recommended level.   

Places with a big number of tourists are likely to encounter isolated cases of insecurity.  While many tour operators make security a priority for their clients, it is necessary to avoid unnecessary risks. Personal safety is just as important as having a body guard by your side. Here are some of the precautions you might need to observe.

  • Do not walk alone at night along deserted beaches or in major cities
  • Do not wear expensive jewelry when taking a walk through crowded places or any place you suspect to be unsafe.
  • Limit your camera or video equipment if you plan to visit major cities.
  • Do not carry a lot of money with you and adapt to a money belt that can be strapped under your clothes.
  • Be wary of anyone offering you unsolicited assistance or posing as a government officer out to enforce some form of law.
  • Make two copies of your passport and leave one in your hotel.
  • Do not accept food or drinks from strangers, you run the risk of being drugged.
  • It is safer to take a taxi than to walk for a long distance especially at night. However, be sure to elicit the services of a taxi bearing a company logo.

safety-in-the-parksSafety in the parks

Majority of game parks and game reserves are usually safe. However, it is advisable to book your safari with a reputable travel agency. This will ensure that you travel in roadworthy vehicles, you are accompanied by trustworthy tour guides and you enjoy standard service.

Furthermore, Kenya has a Safety and Communication Center under the Kenya Tourism Board which is a body that monitors and ensures the safety of visitors. The center works on a 24 hour basis and is the best place to report any matters touching on your security. Kenyan administration has outdone itself as far as enforcing the security of tourists is concerned. Many tourists have reported memorable experiences during their safaris in Kenya and we are positive that you will do the same. Enjoy your stay!