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Safety

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Is Kenya a safe place to visit?
The answer is a BIG YES.
Kenya has been in the media for all the wrong reasons,
and negative travel advisories have been issued in a
biased way by First World leaders.

Terrorism is a global problem that many countries
in the world have to grapple with today.
Terrorist attacks have happened in many countries including Kenya.
Without sounding a like a politician, I can confidently state that Kenya is a
safe place to travel.

While in Kenya, follow your heart and wisely avoid
any areas within 60 km to the Somali boarder,
as well as other areas as advised by your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It is easier to be taken advantage of by a petty thief or a
pick-pocket in Kenya than to be attacked by a terrorist.
But, let me give you some advice all the same on safety.
Avoid wearing flashy jewelry and clothing, and keep
your cash well-hidden on your body,
especially if you plan to take walks around the town or village.

Cameras and big, beautiful handbags are bait for thieves.
Do not make it easy for a thief to find something to snatch off you.

Try not to draw attention to yourself and avoid alleyways that are dimly lit.
Even in the First World countries you come from, you often
avoid wearing expensive jewelry just anywhere.

The same sense applies here if you want to enjoy your Safari.
This is especially wise because there is a lot of poverty in Kenya, and
unemployment is also high.

You will spot many street children as a result of broken homes,
jailed parents, and conflict in the home, and utter poverty,
which often forces them onto the streets to beg.
This is also what leads to the crime rate in Kenya and thieves grab whatever
they can off a tourist, and sell it for a fraction
of its cost so as to buy food or meet other basic needs.
Some also do this from the desperate need to get a ‘fix’ from drugs,
or simply because of negative peer pressure.

Avoid walking alone, especially in the slums, the city suburbs,
and in poorly lit back streets.
You will find that despite hard times, Kenyans make do with very little,
to achieve a great deal.

For example, if your car breaks down,
you might see a mechanic with simple implements
will save your very fast and well. Poverty is
something Kenyans have refused to limit them.

I often wonder to myself how people with so little can go about
their business with such happy faces. You will come to notice this as well.
The answer is that ‘when you know no better,
what you have is better’.

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