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Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

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Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Hi, I just have a question for anyone who is currently living in Nairobi or has visited there in recent weeks.

My partner and I will be stationed there either side of our Safari trip with the company Intrepid.

We will be in Kenya and Tanzania over 15 days but either side of our trip we will be in Nairobi. It says on the Australian Government page to reconsider travel, What are everyone else's thoughts? I still really want to go but I was curious to see if anyone had any local knowledge.

Thanks in advance.

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21. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

I think you're absolutely right to do that and most people are doing the same. The advice for Nairobi has not changed. The only change in the last few weeks has been some confusing new British advice around Mombasa (other nationalities haven't changed their advice) and a lot of media brouhaha as a result when British charter flights to Mombasa were cancelled.

Have a great trip - safari njema!

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Guys,

Kenya is a beautiful country and despite all the terror attacks that have taken place there is a trend. They took place in one area mostly the low income areas in eastleigh. Everywhere else is fine. No need to worry since the country is safe. Everyone is blowing this out of proportion so make your plans and enjoy your safari because in Africa we always say "Hakuna Matata" ;)

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23. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Don, I disagree with your assessment as the Westgate mall siege was aimed at higher income Kenyans and expats and there was an attempted bombing of a bar at JKIA. Additionally, the terrorists have made statements that they intend to now specifically target westerners so I think people need to consider these facts when deciding to visit or transit through Nairobi. I have plans to visit Kenya next year and will cancel if things continue to deteriorate.

Per the US State Department website:

…state.gov/content/…kenya-travel-warning.html

"In the past year and a half, there have been numerous attacks involving shootings, grenades, or other explosive devices in Kenya in addition to the attacks described above. In total, over 100 people have been killed in these attacks and hundreds have been injured. Approximately 53 of these attacks occurred in northeastern Kenya, mainly in Dadaab, Wajir, Garissa, and Mandera counties. Seven attacks occurred in Mombasa. Most recently, on May 3, 2014, two separate IEDs detonated in the Mombasa area. One occurred at the central stop of a local bus company in which four people were killed. The other occurred at a local resort frequented by Westerners; one was injured at that location. On March 23, three unknown gunmen opened fire on a church service in Mombasa’s Likoni district, killing six people and wounding 18 others. On January 2, 10 people were wounded in a grenade attack on a night club in Diani, a popular resort area on Kenya’s south coast near Mombasa.

Twenty grenade and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks have occurred in Nairobi, illustrating an increase in the number and an advance in the sophistication of these attacks. On May 16, two IEDs exploded at the Gikomba market in Nairobi killing 10 people and injuring 70. On May 4, two IEDs exploded on two separate buses traveling along Thika Highway in northern Nairobi, killing four people. On April 24, two terrorists detonated an IED inside their vehicle as police escorted it to the Pangani police station in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood; the two police officers as well as the attackers were killed. On March 31, six people were killed in Eastleigh in a grenade attack. An attack also occurred on January 16 at a restaurant at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport; no injuries were reported. Other targets in the past have included police stations and police vehicles, nightclubs and bars, churches, a mosque, a religious gathering, a downtown building of small shops, and a bus station. On December 14, 2013, an IED exploded on a passenger bus near the Eastleigh neighborhood, killing six people and injuring 30."

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24. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Intrepid is still pushing on as their sources and people there have been fine. They have been running their tours as planned the past month or so despite the more recent events. Not that it means anything is guaranteed or 100% safe. I did contact them about the possibility of joining the group at the next stop in Tanzania and they did give me some options however at this point we are going to stick to things as planned and see how the next few weeks go. If you are still really worried you should talk to them about this as an option.

We'll get there July 19 and are only in Nairobi two nights.

If you can when you get there let us know what you think or how it goes for you.

Not that anything should be taken lightly but also put things in a big perspective. I listen to the news here in the states and think our country doesn't sound so safe either if all you hear is the bad stuff...

I'm going to stay optimistic for now until I hear of anything more but when it comes to matters such as this it is always a personal choice.

Keep us posted if you can and all the best with whatever you decide :-)

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25. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Does anyone have current updates of safety in Nairobi and travel on highway to safari camp west of the city?

Today is 7/22/14 and my son will be there by August 1st.

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26. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Hi gogovespa

There have been no changes to travel advisories in respect to Nairobi and the rest of up-country Kenya (ie not the coast or the far norther and eastern border regions) for some time - ie stay vigilant about personal safety as in any big city and having consideration for the fact that you're in a developing country with a high degree of poverty. Which camp is your son driving to?

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27. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Hi,

I have just returned (today) from a 8 day safari in Kenya flying back home from Nairobi. I was there with kids (including 6 year old). Felt perfectly safe, with no problems whatsoever. This was lifetime experience, for me, and for the kids. They are in love with Kenya. This is a great country, with a wonderful wildlife and friendly people. I was in your shoes two weeks ago, and decided to go. Today, with all the experience I have now, I would go instantly. Over those eight days, travelling by car from Mombasa to Tsavo, then Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, and Masai Mara to Nairobi, I had no single moment of fear or unease (except for a one night in Masai Mara after reading a note about leopards seen near by and weird noises outside the tent :)).

It is your call and your decision.

Side note (please don't take me wrong) - this morning, on the way back from Nairobi I heard this terrible news about the plane shot down over the Ukraine. Most of these people were going for a perfectly safe holidays in Malaysia. There are no fully safe places these days. And in my view, Kenya is no different.

We were flying to Kenya just after the killings in lamu district. It was not an easy decision. If you decide to go as we did, I can only hope you will have a wonderful time there, as we did. Good luck!

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28. Re: Safety in Nairobi re recent terrorist attacks

Thanks to all of you for posting! We are flying into Nairobi mid Sept. with an overnight and visit to Blixen and Rothchild giraffe ctr. Driving to Arusha, then at end of trip in Tanzania from Masa Mari to Nakuru to Nairobi. I have been very concerned about the terrorism reports and warnings. I will keep watching these posts and the news...hoping for the best!

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Thank you for responding. My son will be singing in Nairobi at a public hall and at the US Embassy. Then they travel to Kibo Safari Camp, Ambosli, Ngulia and Voi, then back to Nairobi.