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Old 10-30-2017, 07:18 AM
 
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Consider Tanzania. Arusha is the starting point for many safaris and its airport (Kilimanjaro) is very easy to get to internationally (albeit no direct flights from the US).
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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I haven’t been recently, but I took a look at the State Department advisory.

It doesn’t say to not go to Kenya, so that shouldn’t be a deterrent.

I would stay away from the northern border, but if you are going to Kenya on safari you’d be in the south in the Maasai Mara anyway.

When I last went there was a riot going on in Nairobi yet I felt perfectly safe in my hotel. Take precautions and you should be fine.

This may give you some more info -

Kenyan ranch killing: is it safe to travel to Prince William's favourite wildlife reserve?
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Consider Tanzania. Arusha is the starting point for many safaris and its airport (Kilimanjaro) is very easy to get to internationally (albeit no direct flights from the US).
Thank you both for the intelligent responses. I have heard conflicting reports on Kenya's safety as mentioned. I would actually prefer Tanzania, I just can't seem to find any reasonably priced tours there or ones that go for more than a few days. Maybe Kenya is cheaper because it's unsafe.
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:58 PM
 
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Are you talking about a Safari type excursion? For the most part these travel warnings are applicable to independent travelers - like those nuts that go hiking in Afighanistan or try to cross Asia in a motor bike...and then people wonder why they disappear.

But going with a tour group/safari is a totally different ball game. You pay them to keep you safe from the time they pick you up, preferably right from the airport, until they drop you off. There continuing business depends on that. Your best bet is to go with the reputation and reviews of tour group you might find on carefully vetted forum websites. That detail you won't find here. Generally, the more you pay, the better they are. The better safaris are extremely well run and safe, and will also put you in comfortable and well protected lodges in remote areas away from conflicts and crime.
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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Thank you both for the intelligent responses. I have heard conflicting reports on Kenya's safety as mentioned. I would actually prefer Tanzania, I just can't seem to find any reasonably priced tours there or ones that go for more than a few days. Maybe Kenya is cheaper because it's unsafe.
Yeah, Tanzania is not cheap, and there are tons of tour operators, with varying quality. In a week you should be able to do Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (plus another stop or two) with ease. When I was there a couple years ago, I went on several through the group I was volunteering with, and it was generally $200 per person per day, but we were roughing it. I would use a site like SafariBookings to vet tour operators, really regardless of where in Africa you land.

Regarding Kenya, if you're just looking to go on safari, I'd go for it, though I would pay attention to the news with the election aftermath, depending on your travel dates. I probably wouldn't do too much in Nairobi. Also, the coast was supposed to be an area to steer clear of, though I think most of those travel warnings have been lifted.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:18 PM
 
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Yeah, Tanzania is not cheap, and there are tons of tour operators, with varying quality. In a week you should be able to do Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (plus another stop or two) with ease. When I was there a couple years ago, I went on several through the group I was volunteering with, and it was generally $200 per person per day, but we were roughing it. I would use a site like SafariBookings to vet tour operators, really regardless of where in Africa you land.

Regarding Kenya, if you're just looking to go on safari, I'd go for it, though I would pay attention to the news with the election aftermath, depending on your travel dates. I probably wouldn't do too much in Nairobi. Also, the coast was supposed to be an area to steer clear of, though I think most of those travel warnings have been lifted.

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Are you talking about a Safari type excursion? For the most part these travel warnings are applicable to independent travelers - like those nuts that go hiking in Afighanistan or try to cross Asia in a motor bike...and then people wonder why they disappear.

But going with a tour group/safari is a totally different ball game. You pay them to keep you safe from the time they pick you up, preferably right from the airport, until they drop you off. There continuing business depends on that. Your best bet is to go with the reputation and reviews of tour group you might find on carefully vetted forum websites. That detail you won't find here. Generally, the more you pay, the better they are. The better safaris are extremely well run and safe, and will also put you in comfortable and well protected lodges in remote areas away from conflicts and crime.
It would be a safari for sure. I have no desire to be one of those idiots that goes out and my own and gets kidnapped or just has my watch found. I definitely have no interest in Nairobi or Mombasa (although Nairobi National Park looks neat). I'll check out safaribookings.com. Do,either of you know anything about Samburu? Is that area pretty dangerous? I know the coast and anywhere near the Somali border is stupid to go to.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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Avoid the North altogether because of the risk of shabab guerillas from Somalia. An older woman I used to know who lived as a snowbird on Lamu island (not far from the border) was kidnapped by those same shebabs a few years ago and she needed medicine for a condition she had, oviously the shebabs didn't have that medicine/ didn't care, so they left her to die.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:39 AM
 
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Avoid the North altogether because of the risk of shabab guerillas from Somalia. An older woman I used to know who lived as a snowbird on Lamu island (not far from the border) was kidnapped by those same shebabs a few years ago and she needed medicine for a condition she had, oviously the shebabs didn't have that medicine/ didn't care, so they left her to die.
Sorry that happened to her. I didn't know Africa was a snowbird destination.
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:51 PM
 
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I was just there... in Nairobi. That too during the election fiasco. No issues... be a bit more careful than normal when night falls and don't go to shady areas like Kibera, otherwise during the day in the tourist areas perfectly safe. Karen and Westlands are great and very safe areas of Nairobi.

Outside of Nairobi I would be a bit careful if you are going to some place in the boon docks, if you are on the well known tourist trail (Nakuru, Mombasa, Masai Mara etc.) then it's fine.

I was also in Mombasa, no issues except for Malaria risk.

BTW, State Dept. warns about everything, I don't bother reading those warnings.
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Old 11-04-2017, 12:36 PM
 
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I was just there... in Nairobi. That too during the election fiasco. No issues... be a bit more careful than normal when night falls and don't go to shady areas like Kibera, otherwise during the day in the tourist areas perfectly safe. Karen and Westlands are great and very safe areas of Nairobi.

Outside of Nairobi I would be a bit careful if you are going to some place in the boon docks, if you are on the well known tourist trail (Nakuru, Mombasa, Masai Mara etc.) then it's fine.

I was also in Mombasa, no issues except for Malaria risk.

BTW, State Dept. warns about everything, I don't bother reading those warnings.
I ignore the worldwide warning and the others are places I wouldn't want to go anyway, but I do take those individual country warnings into consideration.
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