Question

How really safe is Nairobi ?

Location

City: Nairobi

Area: Nairobi Area

Country: Kenya

Answers

Hello. Nairobi City Centre is safe by now. But since it is a large town with over 3 Mio inhabitants it is like in any other in the world. There are areas to be avoided by day and night. If you are not familiar with the town it is best to take a reliable taxi driver. People might use tricks to get your money by asking you questions about studying abroad and so on. Avoid them.
NIf you have doublts on direction to take ask a police man
There are grades of safety in Nairobi like in any other big city worldwide. Tales in Western media about horrors in Nairobi are usually grossly exaggerated, however it is best to use common sense and stay away from dark and noisy streets and slums at night. Westlands and Parklands areas are considered the safest; Lavington, Muthaiga and Langata are Ok too, however. city centre and slum areas are ranked as a little higher risk. The worst time to be in Nairobi is election time and right after elections, since tribal and political passions fly high - it takes a week or two for politicians to settle on new power-sharing situation after the elections. All other times Nairobi is a lovely city to visit as well as an exciting place for business opportunities to be discovered. All it takes is common sense and caution, just like one do in Chicago, in Rome or in London...
Nairobi is safe. But just like any other place in the world, you have to be careful not to get to some parts which appears to be very isolated and less populated. The level of security has improved though there can't miss cases of insecurity in some parts.

Its always important to be guided by a trustworthy person if you are not familiar with the town. Much of the information availed about the same are usually exaggerated making it appear as a hooligan's place. Its a lovely place to be and full of conferencing facilities and much more attractions.
Hi, Nairobi is quite safe, population is slightly over 3 million people, a big city in Africa just like any other big city and precautions are to be flowed to avoid disappointments and embarrassments. E.g avoid dark and funny alleys/streets, use yellow lined or yellow cabs, don't ask anybody for directions but ask policemen, uniformed guards usually found at almost all the building in the city, avoid moving around with expensive cameras, chains and carrying lots of money because they will attract looters.
Nairobi is Home to UN Agency offices anf the only UN full pridged offices n the developing world.
by UN city global indexing the recent ranking placed Nairobi high as a destination based on secirity safety and development.
like all major cities worldwide a travellers caurtionis called for on personal safety and to your bellongings.
do not venture ito the slum areas, do not wear explict expensive jewellary especially when walking on the strets etc.

for the past decade the National goverment of Kenya has invested hugely on the security of its bounderies and cities and Nairobi being the capital city gets substantial resources to address the secirity on of its Residents national citizens and the visitors.
coupled with he fine weaher all year round, and the growing influence as a business hub gateway to Africa east and southern, regional IT Hub and cammercial capital of the African continent, endoweed with natural heritage and hospotable citiens its a place you will return to visit time and again.
karibu Kenya
Nairobi is divided into two section .the upper Nairobi and lower Nairobi. for lower Nairobi its not that safe. but the rest s okay to stay .
Nairobi is the capital city and has all the police head quaters within it. the town is full of police patrolling day and night.
nairobi is as safe as any small town around kenya, even safer i think. apart from well lit streets, as long as you can find someone to show you how to manuver the streets, and keep off th eback streets, nairobi can be a treasure to explore.
Nairobi city is also known as "nairoberry" for those not well accustomed to the fast pace of this city under the sun. it's a pretty safe place but that doesn't mean you ignore basic precaution measures that one would necessarily take in a new place.follow ur gut instincts anytime u doubt something,it could make the difference of wether ur enjoy ur stay or not.
Nairobi city is also known as "nairoberry" for those not well accustomed to the fast pace of this city under the sun. it's a pretty safe place but that doesn't mean you ignore basic precaution measures that one would necessarily take in a new place.follow ur gut instincts anytime u doubt something,it could make the difference of wether ur enjoy ur stay or not.
Getting around Nairobi is easy and depends on your destination. Like any other major cities in the world, some areas are insecure and its best to seek advice from your hotel prior to setting off.
this city in the sun is so safe you can walk from uhuru park to the slums of east land.there is a police for direction or a company guard.patrols are a nomallity and a bunch of hot line to call.all mobile phones are equiped with emergency button to press incase of an danger.all nairobians are aware of this.so wellcome and feel at home.

More Information

Get travel answers from locals in Nairobi

Find places to visit in Nairobi