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Travel OTA’s stunning Kenya to Kigali Safari Adventure

Travel OTA’s stunning Kenya to Kigali Safari Adventure

Departing every November, adventure travellers have the opportunity to visit spectacular Maasai Mara in Kenya, track mountain gorillas in Uganda and soak up the Rwandan vibe in Kigali.  Lake Naivasha and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve are the Kenyan highlights, while the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorillas, completes the wildlife-viewing trio.

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OTA is leading the twenty-day Kenya to Kigali Adventure from 3rd to 23rd November 2015, beginning in Nairobi, Kenya and finishing in Kigali, Rwanda.  The highlights of the trip include experiencing the wildlife of the Maasai Mara and tracking the mountain gorillas.  Travelling in a comfortable safari van with pop-up roof fit for photography, game viewing and touring, this is a camping trip accompanied by an experienced English-speaking driver/guide and a cook.  The price is US$3985 per person with space for only six people.  You are invited to contact Francis and Tracey at OTA via email (tracey@ota-responsibletravel.com) for more information and to place your booking.

Tom Koerkemeier experienced the tour in 2012 and said: “I felt totally safe and comfortable with Tracey and Francis around. On the other hand there was never the feeling to stay in any kind of tourist-bubble in which you cannot get in contact with locals, their way of living or their culture. It was just the perfect mixture between culture, wildlife, adventure and relaxing.”

Kenya to Kigali Adventure OTA Kenya Safaris www.ota-responsibletravel.com

This Kenya to Kigali Adventure gives travellers the opportunity to experience the local culture and engage with community development organisations as well as view the amazing wildlife and spectacular natural scenery of East Africa.  Whether a single, couple, small group, expat living in East Africa or a holiday-maker this tour is for travellers seeking a bit more than a standard safari.  It is an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, take a much-needed break, and meet like-minded travellers.  Visit www.ota-responsibletravel.com or www.facebook.com/ OverlandTravelAdventures where you can sign up to the tour on the Events page.

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Is Nairobi Safe?

Is Nairobi Safe?

Perceived issues of personal safety and security are often of concern to people wishing to travel in Kenya.  This has increased in the wake of the Westgate shopping centre attack, with travellers questioning the safety of Nairobi and whether they should travel to Kenya.  The answer is YES!  New York, London, Madrid and Bali have also suffered terror attacks and travellers continue to visit.  But Nairobi is treated differently, and it probably has a bit to do with its old nickname “Nai-robbery”.  Ten years ago the name may have been true, but much has changed in the last decade and continues to change with the current “Safer Cities” initiative by the Nairobi City Council.

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Many Kenyans do live in poverty and there are reports of theft and muggings from time to time.  But these are opportunistic attacks on people clearly displaying wealth and making it easy for someone to grab and run.  It can be argued that this is the case anywhere around the world – you must always keep your wits about you, wherever you are.  Some easy ways to avoid being mugged include:

  • Not wearing jewellery
  • Checking your change and putting all money safely away before leaving the bank, foreign exchange office or shop
  • Using hotel safes to store what you do not need for the day

Violent crime is much rarer, especially against tourists.  Most Kenyans recognise that tourists bring money to their country, and attacks on foreigners are punished severely if they do occur.  If you do find yourself in a situation however, it is best to submit to the demands of the attacker – violence is often not an assailant’s first preference, they just need money.

Harassment is not a physical danger necessarily, but it can make you feel uncomfortable and nervous.  Walking alone at night is definitely to be avoided.  Always go out with two or three other people and take a taxi after dark.

Scams show up as locals drawing on the compassion of sympathetic travellers.  They may take on the role of a political refugee requesting money for their family or they might pretend to be a student collecting contributions for their education.  Use your common sense and if you are in doubt about their story, then you are probably right.

There are also local customs to be aware of, but by observing how other people behave you can easily fit in.  There are conservative standards of dress and behaviour in Kenya, particularly in coastal and rural areas.

Engaging the services of a tour operator will assist in avoiding most of the above-mentioned security issues.  Your driver-guide will have the latest information on your destinations and know where he/she is going.  They know the travel times and will ensure you have arrived at the accommodation before sunset.  Moreover, most tour operators will package up the prices for national park entry fees, accommodation, and transport, limiting the amount of cash you need to carry.

Finally, don’t forget to register with your home country’s embassy or high commission in Kenya for the duration of your visit.  Comprehensive travel insurance is also highly recommended.

Overall, Nairobi is just like many other large cities around the world: there are rich people, there are poor people and there are people in the middle.  Most Kenyans don’t look twice at foreigners in their capital city.  The worst that most tourists encounter are children in rags accompanying them for about a block asking for money – while it’s heart-wrenching, it’s hardly a reason to avoid visiting a spectacular destination that has much to offer an enthusiastic traveller.

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Is Kenya on your bucket list, but recent events in Nairobi have you hesitant to tick the item off right now?  Overland Travel Adventures offers tailor-made itineraries for individuals and small groups with a focus on excellent customer care, safety and responsible travel.  Contact us today: tracey@ota-responsibletravel.com or visit the website www.ota-responsibletravel.com.

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