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Top 5 Kenya Safari Holiday Safety Tips

Apr 27, 2008
As in any foreign country, it is wise to follow precautions for safety and security when on a safari in Kenya. When on a Kenya safari holiday there are a few things to remember, not to walk in the bush without your guide, not going too close to or feeding the animals and not swimming in rivers in case of crocs and hippos.

Your guide should explain these kinds of safety issues, but other things to factor into your safety concerns include Kenya holiday insurance, medical preparations, looking after property and money and choosing the right kinds of food and drink. Here are some tips on how to keep safe on your Kenya safari holiday.

Money Tips

Travellers' cheques and major credit cards are generally accepted in Kenya. A small quantity of US cash, preferably, is useful. Kenya holiday makers should try to carry only a little cash with them - make sure you're not an easy target for thieves. Only authorized dealers and banks are allowed to change currency. It is worth changing money at the banks or bureaus on arrival at international airports or in the major towns, where the rate of exchange is more favourable than those offered at lodges and hotels.

Security Precautions

It is important to have a record of your passport number, airline tickets and travellers' cheques when you go on a safari in Kenya, and to ensure that these items are kept in a safe place separate from the originals. Make use of your hotel safety deposit box for valuable items. Avoid transactions with by-standers unless accompanied by your tour driver/guide. Beach traders can be a nuisance but they will leave you alone as soon as you firmly but politely decline any trade with them.

Medical Precautions

Malaria is endemic to much of East Africa, consult a doctor or health department for the latest anti-malaria precautions well in advance of your Kenya safari holiday, as well as finding out about any other recently recommended jabs or tablets.

Bring plenty of mosquito repellent and wear trousers, socks and perhaps long sleeves in the evenings to avoid being bitten. Most rooms, even tents, have mosquito nets or mosquito proofing and are sprayed by hotel staff before night falls. Beware of sunburn even at high altitudes where the air feels cool. Bring plenty of sun creams, hats and suitable clothing on your Kenya safari holiday.

Food & Drink in Kenya

Bottled mineral water is readily available all over Kenya and it is generally recommended that Kenya holiday makers steer clear of water other than this. There are no restrictions on the sale or consumption of alcohol in Kenya and you will find a good selection of local beers and soft drinks available, as well as imported wines, beers and spirits in many places, although these can be expensive. The quality and value of food in Kenya is generally very good. However, do eat sensibly, particularly in the first few days of your Kenya safari holiday.

Kenya Holiday Insurance

Medical insurance is strongly recommended. Nairobi has two first-rate hospitals with excellent emergency facilities. In addition to this, travel insurance covering loss of baggage, third party liability, cancellation and curtailment, etc. is also recommended for Kenya safari holidays.
About the Author
Kieron Sellens is the marketing manager of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AiTO). With an Aito safari you can choose from a tailor-made safari in Kenya, South Africa holiday, Botswana adventure and much more.
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