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Travel Advisory to Kenya?

miami
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Travel Advisory to Kenya?

I am try to book a vacation to Kenya and the only thing holding me back is the state departments advisory. I am traveling my 3 teenage children in late June or July. At this point I am thinking of using an escorted tour. I would appreciate any comments. This would be our first trip to Kenya.

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1. Re: Travel Advisory to Kenya?

Hi,

there have been a spate of terror attacks in Kenya this last year so alot of countries have these warnings for their citizens. They do after all have some responsibility for their people.

That said the tourist industry is still up and running and 99.9% of people visiting Kenya will not have any problems.

The main thing for you is to check if your travel insurance is going to cover you whilst under this warning.

As for an escorted guide well that is a personal choice, it is not something that is a must for tourists.

Edited: 14 April 2012, 14:37
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I am traveling with my teen age granddaughter in June and would not go unless on an escorted tour - especially for the first time.

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There are some issues in Kenya but as has been frequently said, they are no worse than a lot of places. There are a lot of places in Florida that I certainly avoid, but anyone with any sense (and not having overdone the drink) would avoid them. The same has to be said of almost anywhere. The problem with any government advice is that they have to cover their rear end or else the relevant politician would be pilloried if anything went wrong. Certainly, booking via a recognised tour company would be an excellent option because they would always know where to go and where not to go so that risk is dramatically mitigated.

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That travel advisory has been issued and reissued since the '98 Embassy bombings. It's a 'warning' NOT a DO NOT TRAVEL. Granted there have been incidents, but so too have there been to other often visited countries. Just the other day read an article stating in so many words "the country the US State Dept warned about it nothing of what I experienced on my safari to Kenya." In other words, governments have to cover their butts and advise citizens, but for all those who visit, few, if any will advise of what these so-called warnings scare the heck out of travelers.

So, whether on an escorted group tour or a private tour, would make no difference.

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Yo Mama S. (Welcome back.)

Quite right. These warnings are often well out of date and generic in type.

Do read them just like you read the warning about not jumping off the bus while it is moving or standing too near the platform edge at a Railway station.

Then get on with using your common sense you were born with.

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geli123, have a look at the attached, written by one of your fellow countrymen just last week. It should help put your mind at rest travelweekly.com/Middle-East-Africa-Travel/…

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I often think it would be great if the State Department wrote travel advice for visitors to the USA, now that really would frighten people off ヅ

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Let's see... we could include:

West Coast: major fault-line, possibility of being taken out by "The Big One"

Mid-West: possibility of being taken out by a Twister or two

Deep South: possibility of being taken out by genetic throwbacks a la "Deliverance"

SE Coast: possibility of being taken out by gators on a nice airboat tour of the Everglades

Any more for any more (p.s. this is tongue-in-cheek, not intended as a dig at our dear cousins across the Pond)?

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FL410.

You forgot the Hurricanes. Grizzlies too.

Great Whites nipping swimmers off New England. OOer!

Give me Tsavo anytime!

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10. Re: Travel Advisory to Kenya?

Oh, and the Kardashians.