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Hi there, on a personal note I have not once been to Kenya, butmy interests in it started awhile back when I was considering studying abroadin Africa, because of this I had done some research on Kenya that includes thesafety and crime rate. My conclusion on the subject matter is if you go now(currently year 2014) you are putting yourself in some danger.
There were many discussions out on the internet aboutthe country and I found a lot of mixed reviews on the safety. Many would talkabout specific areas like Nairobi and Mombasa district. In February of thisyear police raided a Mosque in Majengo which is part of the Mombasa district, andresulted in several deaths. Going back further there was a bombing at the JomoKenyatta Airport and more bombings throughout the country in December. During Septemberof 2013, a major attack took place at the Westgate shopping centre in theWestlands district of Nairobi. Theseattacks are mainly classified as terrorist attacks and not random suicidebombings (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya).
Many government cites such as Canada and the UnitedKingdom have posted recent travel advisory warnings cautioning visitors to notgo (http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/kenya). However these warning pertain tocertain regions of the country like Nairobi, Somali border, Mombasa district,and for the most part east of the country. There are some discussion forums that haveposts of stories from people who have been to the country. Some like the onesfrom TripAdvisor.com say that going to do safari’s in the country is safe andopen in the public, also claiming that coast resorts are often protected andseem to be out of the region of these bombing attacks.
The safari’s seem to be the reason 1.25 million peopletour the country every year and is the reason why Kenya attracted my attentionwhen looking for places to study abroad. If safety is going to affect whetheror not you go then my advice would be to reconsider as of now. In some ways itshould depend on why you are going to Kenya. I feel as though the longer youstay some where the higher the chances of you being affected by the environment.For someone like me who plans on studying abroad and would be in the countryfor a few months, might have a higher chance of getting caught up in sometrouble. Yet, we can’t necessarily rule out the idea that anything can happenat any given moment. It also depends on the location. As mentioned before ifyou are trying to travel closer to the east of Kenya there is a higherpossibility of running into problems. My biggest suggestion would be to keepwatching government advisory reports for updates on the safety, stay closerinland away from borders, always stay in public places, and avoid certain timessuch as elections where there can be high tension throughout the area. My extrasources that you can check out on the matter are listed below. I hope that thishelps answer your question.
- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/kenya/practical-information/health- http://goafrica.about.com/od/kenya/a/Is-It-Safe-To-Visit-Kenya.htm- http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294206-i9216-k6166513-Is_Kenya_safe_for_travel_2013-Kenya.html- https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya