Safari Holiday Do’s and Dont’s
While any visit to a new place far from home evokes anxiety, experience proves there is no reason to worry when you travel to Kenya. The Kenya Tourism Federation operates a safety and communication centre that provides free advice on all tourism matters round-the-clock. The Federation may also provide help should an emergency arise. The Tourist Police Unit monitors security in areas frequented by tourists. All safari operators and hotels provide their customers with advice on safari dos and don’ts. Observing the precautions would almost certainly assure you of a safe yet adventurous holiday.
Even with these measures in place, you’d would be naïve to throw caution to the wind and step into your African adventure care-free! Kenya is a developing country with significant levels of unemployment and poverty, the two factors known to contribute to rise in crime and insecurity. Here are some time- tested precautions that you can follow to stay safe and healthy during your safari in Kenya:
1. Avoid alleys and isolated areas while in the cities.
2. Do not leave your valuables unattended at any time.
3. Keep all your valuables safely locked in your hotel room or deposit them with management.
4. Do not show-off cash or expensive jewelry.
5. Purchase the suitable travel insurance and make your local travel during the day whenever possible.
6. Should you desire to take an adventure trip to any remote place, enquire about the safety of your destination first.
7. Be choosy about the local tour operator you engage: Does the operator sound knowledgeable? Is the vehicle clean and well maintained? Most reputable tour companies are registered with the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) www.katokenya.org.
8. Carry your mosquito repellant – a priority item especially for those travelling to the coastal region for beach safaris.
9. Check-out travel forums on the web to know about the experiences and get useful tips from those who have been there before.
10. Treated tap water is available in hotels along the tourist circuit but if unsure whether it is safe to drink, use bottled water.
11. The weather can get chilly in the period between May and September with June to August being the coldest months. You may need to wear a light casual jacket on some days and nights during these months.
12. Don’t shy from asking your hotel for advice on your security or any matter of concern to you.