Is Kenya Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Kenya as a travel destination has diverse experiences to offer and is generally welcoming. However, cautiousness should be maintained, especially in crowded markets and urban centres against petty crimes like pickpocketing. It's always advisable to avoid walking alone at night, taking only licensed taxis, and avoiding remote areas. Moreover, due to sporadic instances of political unrest and terrorism, staying updated about the local news will keep you more aware and safer.

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How safe is Kenya?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

Kenya, like many places can have safety concerns particularly during late hours, and general advice would recommend avoiding walking alone at night. This is especially true in isolated areas, although busy well-lit areas can be relatively safer. It's always important to listen to the advice of locals and stay knowledgeable about your surroundings.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

Public transportation in Kenya, including buses and matatus (minibuses or vans), is often crowded and can be less regulated. It's advised to remain vigilant due to instances of pickpocketing, particularly in larger cities like Nairobi. Also, road safety can be an issue, as traffic regulations are not always adhered to. However, the introduction of more regulated services like Uber and Bolt has helped increase the safety standards. Make sure to use reliable and accredited services whenever applicable and avoid traveling during late hours if possible.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

While Kenya is generally welcoming, some experiences of verbal harassment are reported, particularly in urban settings or busier tourist areas. It is often unaggressive and usually in the form of unsolicited comments or compliments. Responding calmly or ignoring can often stop the behavior. Dressing modestly also helps, particularly in the more traditional areas. As always, trust your instincts, be aware of your surroundings and stick to well-populated areas as much as possible.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Kenya has instances of petty crimes such as bag snatching, pickpocketing, and theft from hotel rooms. Typically these crimes are more prevalent in crowded places such as markets and public transportation, especially in larger cities like Nairobi. Travelers are advised to exercise caution and always monitor their belongings.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

Drinking tap water in Kenya is generally not recommended for travelers. There can be contaminants in the water, including bacteria and parasites that can cause illness. It's advisable to drink bottled water, boiled water or treated water. Ensure the bottled water you buy is properly sealed. Alternatively, carry a water purification device or water purification tablets.

Is Kenya safe to travel?

3.9 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Barb

Barb

United States

Couple travel experience

For anyone that loves adventure and animals, Kenya is an incredible destination. I’m not really a beach person, but the Indian Ocean is the only ocean I will actually go in, since it is warm and crystal clear. As far as safety, I was able to walk alone and had no fear. However, you do need to be able to tell the beach boys you’re not interested in long discussions with them. Down in the south is Wasini island. There you can swim with the dolphins and whale sharks. A little to the north is the South Coast region, and there you find Simba Hills which has a coastal forest safari and you can see the rare sable antelopes. As you head further inland there are national parks such as Ambosili, Tsavo East and Tsavo West. From there you can see spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is actually located in Tanzania. There is also no shortage of wild animals and I have seen all animals except rhinos in these parks. I recommend a visit to the Masa Mari where you can see rhinos and the big herds, but it’s especially interesting during migration season.

Posted: April 29, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Kenya was surprisingly good as I was expecting to feel less safe going there alone. People are awesome and so welcoming and kind. I cherished their honesty. It was refreshing. One of my best solo trips ever.

Posted: January 25, 2024
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Group travel experience

I was traveling with a friend, without a travel agency. We organized everything ourselves. It was amazing, a journey through almost all of Kenya. We felt safe, but of course, we did not go out after dark. A lot of traveling by car, minibuses, and trains through Kenya. I highly recommend it.

Posted: August 29, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 8 days alone in Kenya last September and had a fantastic time. I never felt unsafe. I spent 3 days on a safari in the Masai Mara Reserve, visited the Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, the Nairobi Museum, and did some shopping in downtown. Throughout the whole time, I had an amazing private guide.

Posted: August 2, 2023
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I went to Kenya for 2 weeks. The first week I joined a group safari tour to visit Maasai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha. Then, in the second week, I continued my journey alone to Mombasa, Diani Beach, and Kilifi. I felt safe there, however, I was advised not to wander alone at night. The hostel where I stayed at Diani Beach insisted that someone accompany me across the street to the restaurant for dinner.

Posted: June 14, 2023
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Some cities are not exactly safe - I was walking joyfully around Mombasa, and the locals told me I should run away from there because it's dangerous. Also, it's better to take taxis in the capital at night to stay safe, rather than walking around. Besides, I took buses to different parts of the country, used matatus, and took part in a trip to areas where we went on safari.

Posted: November 19, 2022
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Is Kenya safe for women?

It definitely depends on the area in which you are staying in Kenya. In Nairobi for example, you should use bold and uber. The public transportations are definitely not safe. But all in all you cab walk around in Nairobi without being worried. I live in Bungoma, there you definitely have to be more careful.

Posted: May 11, 2024
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Is Kenya safe right now?

Before your visit to Kenya, it's essential to check travel advisories for Kenya, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. Some areas exhibit increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 31, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism and high crime rate. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 17, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 3, 2024

Is Kenya worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 8 experiences

Group travel experience

I travelled to Nairobi, Tsavo and Diani Beach. I loved the elephant sanctuary and giraffe centre in Nairobi. Tsavo Safari was incredible and Diani Beach has my heart 💓 Kenya was so beautiful and affordable. We rented land cruisers to travel around.

Posted: February 15, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I spent a wonderful time alone in Nairobi, Mara, and Mombasa. I never felt uncomfortable or uneasy. I simply followed the usual tips to be aware of my surroundings and tried not to stand out more than necessary. I had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful country and wonderful people of Kenya.

Posted: July 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Kenya

Meet local women in Kenya who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
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sylvia

About Me

Hey there, globetrotters! I'm your fellow adventurer, always with a passport in hand and wanderlust in my heart. New places make my soul sing, and meeting fresh faces fuels my fire. From bustling cities to hidden corners, I'm down for any escapade that promises unique stories and unexpected laughs. Come tag along as I chase sunsets in 2024 and see where the wind takes us next! Buckle up, it's gonna be a wild ride! So far🇰🇪🇹🇿🇺🇬🇿🇦

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Tabitha

About Me

I am 35 year d mother of one and a wife, currently an MBA student at USIU. I love playing golf, travelling, meeting new people, swimming and reading.

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Stay with locals in Kenya

Stay with local women in Kenya who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
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sylvia

Nairobi

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3 days

About me

Hey there, globetrotters! I'm your fellow adventurer, always with a passport in hand and wanderlust in my heart. New places make my soul sing, and meeting fresh faces fuels my fire. From bustling cities to hidden corners, I'm down for any escapade that promises unique stories and unexpected laughs. Come tag along as I chase sunsets in 2024 and see where the wind takes us next! Buckle up, it's gonna be a wild ride! So far🇰🇪🇹🇿🇺🇬🇿🇦

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Tabitha

Nairobi

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3 days

About me

I am 35 year d mother of one and a wife, currently an MBA student at USIU. I love playing golf, travelling, meeting new people, swimming and reading.

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Upcoming visitors to Kenya

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Noura

About Me

Hey lovely ladies! ❤️ I'm Noura, a 20yo adventurer who's been soaking up the vibes in Oslo for nearly 3y now. Tho I'm not a native Norwegian, I've explored every nook and cranny of this city, so I can be your tour guide! I'm all about that travel life and I'm looking for a fab travel buddy. Remember, ladies, we always got each other's backs! 😉

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