Thanks I've been to Cape Town back in 2009 alone, and one month to SE Asia alone back in 2011. So I know how to be aware of my surroundings.
Yes I've heard about the crime, but as long as we stay away from dark alleys etc. during the night or venture off in pirate taxis.
Did people contact you/offer their assistance to you if you looked like you were lost? I remember i Havana, Cuba. People would usually do that, and then hope to get a few $ out of it. (Understandable, as they were very poor. )
Where in Kenya did you stay? And did you take the train?
be careful at night in watamu...no strolls on the beach after dark.
if unlucky the least you can expect is muggings with machete or hand guns....we wont go up the scale.
nice and safe during the day though.
watch your stuff when on the train....i had stuff stolen out of my compartment when i was on the train doing an overnighter and i was asleep. not much, just my silva compass and notebook and notebook cover, but the b'stards got it anyway and i werent happy!!
Up the coast from Mombasa is a place called Malindi. Amazing beaches up that way. As for driving between Nairobi and Mombasa, I don't know what it is like now, but a decade ago rains had washed away all the bridges between the two cities. I have no idea how well they rebuilt them....
1. White people are made of money, people will try and scam you at every opportunity. Don't buy things from the street. The item you bought will be re-taken at the next corner. (only in cities)
2. Don't flash valuables in populated areas. Kids with feces in their hands or blood filled syringes will ask you to handover phones, watches etc.
3. Be alert, keep your documents safe in public areas. Pick pockets are common in buses, trains or any crowded places.
4. There is a price for Kenyans and wazungu (white people). Ask a local guide to buy stuff for you. Always bargain, even in shop. If you start walking away the price will drop by half
5. AIDS is a huge problem. No explanation needed
6. The police expect a bribe when they stop you at a "checkpoint". Just tell them you have traveller cheques and instead give them a sandwich or something. They're usually hungry and they don't get paid well
7. Everyone expects "kitu kidogo" meaning something small (money) for anything to be done. Even things like passport forms etc will be speeded up by kitu kidogo. Do not do it, its against the law. Buy them lunch instead. Only way to get things done unfortunately
8. Public transport is to put it kindly -dirty and cramped
9. Carjackings are common in Nairobi, your life is more valuable.
10. Kenyans are lovely people, lots of different tribes and cultures to learn about. If you get time visit Nothern Kenya, the nomadic tribes are one of Africa's tribes who still live the traditional way of life
11. Kenyan food is awesome but don't buy food from shady joints. You must try "nyama choma with ugali" or "ribs za mbuzi choma"
12. Enjoy the visit, if you get time visit national parks. Amazing wildlife