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Do you think Kenya is a safe place for a family holiday ?

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LardLizard Sun 25-Feb-18 19:15:36

Thinking for Possibly next year ?

VladmirsPoutine Sun 25-Feb-18 19:16:53

Yes it is. Where exactly are you going? Safari is bloody wonderful! Mombasa is incredibly scenic.

DullAndOld Sun 25-Feb-18 19:17:36

I wouldn't personally.
Also I couldn't take my daughter to a place where FGM is rife.
There are so many lovely places for a family holiday!
but I don't see Kenya as one of them.

lljkk Sun 25-Feb-18 19:19:20

yes I would take DC if I could afford it.

Amatree Sun 25-Feb-18 19:20:34

I wouldn't go there personally, especially with children. Safety varies a lot by area but there are wider issues to think about. Healthcare, police corruption etc. and as a pp said, it's a country that widely practiced FGM. I think there's a responsibility to think ethically where are you happy spending your valuable tourism money and Kenya wouldn't cut it for me.

emsmum79 Sun 25-Feb-18 19:21:10

Hotels along the Diani coast are perfect. We've been a couple of times. Combine it with a 3 day safari in Tsavo and you have a perfect holiday!

Amatree Sun 25-Feb-18 19:21:15

I would consider Botswana or Nairobi if looking for a safari type holiday-much more stable and safe but still amazing.

LardLizard Sun 25-Feb-18 19:21:21

What’s fgm got to do with it for a family holiday
Of course I think fgm is horrendous
But I can’t see what that has to do with it as a holiday destination
I don’t think they kidnap tourists and do it to them do they

Well was thinking a week or few days on safari then a week at the beach

Want sure in what the best beach resort is though

zaalitje Sun 25-Feb-18 19:21:51

It's fine.

Avoid the north east near the Somali border but I wouldn't be worried about Nairobi or Mombassa.

BarbarianMum Sun 25-Feb-18 19:23:04

Safety is relative. The two main dangers are malaria (some very nasty celebral varieties in East Africa) and road traffic accidents. I wouldn't take a child under 10 there because of the malaria personally.

DullAndOld Sun 25-Feb-18 19:23:09

I wasn't suggesting it would happen to your child....
I just wouldn't go there myself, knowing what they do to girl children.
In addition, being British I would worry that people there probably hate us.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 25-Feb-18 19:23:45

With regards to the FGM argument, is the assumption that someone will snatch the OP's daughter and go slash off her nethers?

I know anything foreign is often frowned upon on MN but I'd just like to understand the logic behind the FGM argument.

Strugglingtodomybest Sun 25-Feb-18 19:24:51

I would, but then I took mine to Zimbabwe 2 years ago.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 25-Feb-18 19:25:28

@DullAndOld Is just in Kenya then? Or where else do you reckon they might 'hate' the British? Presumably you wouldn't go to France then? Or even say Wales or Scotland then?

DullAndOld Sun 25-Feb-18 19:26:39

no obviously not.
It is just something that I wouldn't choose to support, economically.
I don't suppose my tourist dollars are that important, but that is just what I think.

TheButterflyOfTheStorms Sun 25-Feb-18 19:26:43

I like Uganda more.

LardLizard Sun 25-Feb-18 19:27:04

Barb,why do you think malaria risk is greater in younger children
I have a preschooler too

DullAndOld Sun 25-Feb-18 19:27:41

Vladimir have you done any reading on the recent history of Kenya?hmm
btw I live in Wales

Grumpbum Sun 25-Feb-18 19:28:00

I’ve been offered a week luxury safari for £2400 for myself, H and 2 kids for a business that’s trying to improve their status after recent troubles with herdsman. I’ve said no.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 25-Feb-18 19:28:06

And don't conflate 'the British' with country-specific nationality wrt to the UK. You are being obtuse and offensive.

OP, Mombasa is wonderful.

DutchPancakes Sun 25-Feb-18 19:28:42

Vlad - people from Wales and Scotland are British too...

LardLizard Sun 25-Feb-18 19:28:42

My dd likes the look of sun city in South Africa and I think that area is malaria free
Although far from the coast plus even at the coast there, in South Africa i don’t hunk you can really swim in the sea because of the great white sharks
So Kenya sounds like it fits the bill better

LilaBlue Sun 25-Feb-18 19:29:02

I've been there several times and loved it, but no.

Not now.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 25-Feb-18 19:29:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VladmirsPoutine Sun 25-Feb-18 19:29:33

@DutchPancakes I didn't say they weren't.

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