More than a million tourists travel to Kenya each year to enjoy safari and beach holidays. While most arrive home with nothing but incredible memories, a Kenyan safari can be dangerous, and it’s best to take heed of safety warnings and advice to reduce the risk of travel accidents.
Safety tips for travelling in Kenya
Like many African countries, there are safety warnings in place from the government for certain parts of Kenya and it is always best to check the Foreign Office website for details and updates before you book a holiday abroad. Most tourist spots are safe and the risk of being involved in accidents on holiday is low; however, there are some tips which may help you to steer clear of danger and ensure you enjoy a memorable trip to Kenya for all the right reasons:
- Stick to safe areas: If you’re planning a safari trip, use a reputable travel agency and follow advice from the government in terms of which areas to visit. It’s best to make sure that your holiday is protected by the relevant travel authorities in case you have to cancel your booking for reasons, such as political unrest.
- Book a guided safari: Guided safaris are not just safer than trying to create your own trip; they also increase your chances of spotting the big 5 and enable you to learn all about the game parks, the wildlife and the local people. Drivers and guides have a wealth of knowledge to impart and this will really enhance your safari experience.
- Avoid drinking tap water: Tap water is not safe to drink in Kenya, so ensure you have bottled water with you at all times to prevent developing an illness abroad. You should also take care when eating at hotels and food outlets in Kenya, as the risk of falling foul of food poisoning abroad may be higher than at home; make sure that meat is cooked through and take care when eating food that may have been washed in tap water.
- Lock your doors: Always ensure your tent is completely zipped up or your room is locked securely before you go to bed; this will help to prevent unwelcome visitors during the night and holiday accidents.
Making a claim for a travel accident
If you’ve been injured abroad or you’ve been involved in an accident overseas, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim travel accident compensation. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or log on and complete the online eligibility test to find out more about personal injury compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice