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Safety in Kenya

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Safety in Kenya

I'm travelling to diani beach Monday, I'm so excited but after watching a documentary on TV (silly I know) I just wanted any bodies advice on Kenyas deadly insects and snakes.

I'm aware it's possible but Is it common to find poisonous snakes, spiders or scorpions in you're hotel or safari lodge in cudboards, toilet tanks, beds etc....

Many thanks

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1. Re: Safety in Kenya

Never come across anything deadly in a hotel or lodge apart from Mosquitos.

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2. Re: Safety in Kenya

The deadliest thing I have encountered is the cheap spirits that are served on the all inclusive packages:)

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As a tourist the chances of you encountering anything dangerous apart from what you will see from the safety of your vehicle while on safari are extremely slight.

Before I lived here, in 4 years as a 3 times a year visitor, I never encountered anything dangerous at all. Apart from mosquitoes the most dangerous thing you might come across is the monkeys in your hotel grounds if you try and feed them, or try and take some food they are stealing from them, leave them alone and you'll be fine.

Snakes are generally more scared of you than you are of them, they normally slide away if they feel footsteps coming, so even if they are around you will rarely see them. In 4½ years living here I've seen onle 3 snakes, one about 15 inches long on a path next to semi-jungle, was unable to slide away as it was in process of swallowing a rat that was half as long as itself but several times wider, the other two were harmless tree snakes, one about a yard long in a tree on the edge of our compound next to semi bush outside, and I would never have noticed if our gardener hadn't pointed it out to me, and even then it took me a long time to spot it as it blended into the tree so well, and one about 18 inches long that had somehow found it self on the paved area of our compound that slid away trying to find a way out as soon as our gardener went anywhere near it.

I've never seen one anywhere where there are lots of people, noise and movement, like hotels, bars, shopping areas, etc

As Tembofan says by far the most dangerous creature you will encounter is the mosquito .... take your anti-malarials

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Personally and it was a long time ago there was a puff adder in the trees in the grounds of our hotel and this was blocked off before many people knew.

The security and gardners chopped down the tree and got 'rid' of this very dangerous snake.

The other time a puff adder was on the road when on safari in front of the van therefore we had to stop until this creature had moved away.

My husband made the mistake of not zipping the tent in our camp and a huge monitor lizard had actually entered the tent but we managed to get this out with the help of waste paper baskets to catch..

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Thank you so much for you're posts, its really assured me, after watching those Africa nature documentaries, i had visions of waking up with a snake in my bed lol … I guess my bad for watching 'Africa's most deadliest' before visiting lol

Thanks guys

P.S @ Roadwarriorafrica - LOL … Well if a snake does bite me, I'm sure gel die of alcohol poison anyways haa

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w r

while i do not dispute your figures which look accurate at face value, and i do not have the time or inclination to check them out, i don't think any of the regulars on this board think Kenya is a paradise of any kind. Violent crime and general crime is rampant, terror attacks are ongoing, we all know this.

However, you could possibly compare the figures per head of tourist and it could look very different. Also while still despicable and indefensible I would guess the majority of those foreigners killed were living here and not on holiday. Figures can also be skewed to fit someones agenda if they so wish.

I do not advocate anyone visiting Kenya at the moment but cases/arguments must be balanced.

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safari in nairobi !!!!!

really

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Craig uko:

It's possible, but I've been to Kenya four times on safari and I have never heard of this. I did meet one guy in a tented camp (NOT luxury tented camp) who found a green mamba curled up in the sun, but he had left his tent open. I have only seen snakes at all twice. Once was a dead black mamba run over by a truck, and one was two green mambas in a papyrus bush near a boarded walk in Keekorok. It was thrilling to see them and I was on my best behavior as I watched them from about 4 feet. They never moved. Have NEVER seen insects or snakes in a lodge or hotel. Big beetle in a bathroom in the main lodge once. Tiny frog once in my bedroom. Gecko on the wall once. Nothing scary. Do not let this be one of your worries. You would have to go out of your way to find something, and it would not be near your lodge. They keep the areas swept clean so you can see well. They watch out for you in every way and are so kind.

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