Traveling Abroad in Nairobi, Kenya – Security Update

by Sandy Salle on May 8, 2014

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent attacks on public transportation in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. As you may have heard, two homemade bombs exploded on two commuter buses traveling on the Thika highway in Nairobi this past weekend, killing at least three people and leaving 62 wounded.

The reason for these attacks is due to Kenya’s participation in the Somalia fight against Islamic extremist rebels, also known as al-Shabab, which began in 2011 after tourists were kidnapped from the island of Lamu near the Somali border. The Kenyan Defense Force was successful in bringing the Kenya-Somalia border under control, which has drastically weakened the al-Shabab organization.

The recent terrorist incidents in Nairobi and Mombasa were small-scale attacks, using home-made explosives, and were concentrated in areas where tourists typically do not venture to, including remote towns near the Kenya-Somalia border, low-income housing areas of Mombasa and Nairobi, public bus terminals, and places with low security regulations. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya, as well as the high-end hotels and resorts in Nairobi are unaffected by these attacks and operate on a high level of security to ensure guests and visitors are safe. Game reserves and parks where we send our clients, such as the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo, and Samburu, have not been affected by any such attacks.

Properties in the popular game reserves of Kenya have taken extra security precautions to ensure their guests are safe and comfortable. The Kenyan Government has implemented a series of security measures throughout Nairobi and other affected areas, as well.

If traveling within Nairobi, please make sure to use commonsense precautionary measures for your personal safety. Avoid public transportation, as well as crowded places such as clubs, resorts, shopping centers, restaurants, bus stations, and places of worship. We also recommend utilizing private transportation services if you need to travel within Nairobi. Also, be sure not to draw any unnecessary attention to yourself with large sums of money, and expensive jewelry and clothing.

We also recommend for all travelers, no matter where you are going, to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program in order to stay up to date on security information. The program is a free service provided by the United States Government that allows travelers to receive regular information on United States embassies and consulates whilst abroad.

We assure you that the best interest of travelers is always a priority to us. To ensure that our clients, as well as other travelers remain safe while traveling to Africa, we always stay up to date on political, economical, and social issues that may arise throughout the African continent and stay up to date on advisories set forth by the United States Embassies, and in this case, the US Embassy based in Kenya.

We continue to receive excellent feedback from clients visiting Kenya. If at any time we felt our clients were in danger we would immediately make arrangements to remove them from areas of concern. We ensure that once our clients land in Nairobi they are met by our ground representatives and well looked after during their entire stay in Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are more than happy to discuss them with you. You can reach out to us via Facebook, Twitter, email (, or via phone at 800.940.9344, or leave a comment in our comments section on the blog!

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