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Kenya: Wildebeest Migration Early this Season

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

A drought in Tanzania has caused the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara to happen early this season, with thousands of the animals currently returning to Kenya. This leg of the 1,800-mile migration wasn’t expected until April. Tourists are beginning to arrive at lodges and camps near the Maasai Mara Game Reserve [read more]

Kenya: Officials Say Country is Safe After Terror Attack

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Tour operators and travel agents in Kenya said that tourism activities continue uninterrupted after the terrorist attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall began Sept. 21. The siege, which ended Sept. 24 and left at least 61 civilians dead, was led by Somali militants and was the first major violent incident since the country’s 2007/2008 election violence [read more]

Kenya: U.S. Issues Updated Travel Warning

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Dept. has updated its travel warning for Kenya as of Jan. 14. U.S. citizens are being advised of recently heightened threats from violent crime and terrorism in some parts of the country, including bombings, kidnappings and potential threats to civil aviation and maritime ports. Since Kenya formally aligned with the African Union [read more]

Kenya: Security Issues Blamed for Tourism Slump

Date: October 17th, 2012 | No Comments

Tourism to once popular coastal resorts has dropped significantly in 2012, worrying some officials that ongoing Islamist threats may be scaring Westerners away. The rising cost of entry may be another factor, leading to fewer ships in Kenya’s ports and cancellations of charter flights. However, security issues are seen as the most likely deterrent for [read more]

Kenya: Terrorist Threat to Hotels and Shopping Centers

Date: March 2nd, 2011 | No Comments

The Kenyan police commissioner issued a terror warning for shopping centers and hotels, citing threats from a Somali militant group with ties to al-Qaeda known as al-Shabaab. The group is responsible for the attack in Uganda’s capital Kampala that left 76 dead during the World Cup. Travelers should be aware of heightened security in public [read more]

East Africa: Common Tourist Visa Delayed

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

A common tourist visa covering visits to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi is being delayed while officials finalize requirements. The visa, which would allow entry into all five countries, was proposed earlier this year by by the East African Community (EAC). Though some East African nations provide entry visas free of charge upon arrival [read more]

Kenya: Tourist Resort Attacked on Eve of Election

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

An Italian tourist was shot and hospitalized when a gang of masked men, armed with guns and machetes, attacked a coastal resort near Malindi Feb. 20. On the eve of the country’s general election, scheduled for Mar. 4, experts warn that tensions are running high, and tourists may be swept up in local protests or [read more]

Kenya: Locals Armed to Help Stop Elephant Poachers

Date: January 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

Faced with the decimation of their remaining elephants—and arguably, their nation’s largest tourist attraction—the government is supporting a grassroots anti-poaching program that trains and arms groups of local men, including some former poachers. The black market price of ivory has soared in Asia over the last decade, driving Kenya’s worst poaching crisis since 1989. Many [read more]

Kenya: Increased Violence Prompts Travel Warning Update

Date: July 12th, 2012 | No Comments

A surge in violent crime and terrorist threats has prompted the U.S. Department of State to issue an updated travel warning that restricts official travel for government employees and advises private citizens to avoid travel in Kenya until the security situation improves. The alert follows a bombing assault on two churches in Garissa July 1, [read more]

Kenya: Bandits Kill Tourist in Masai Mara Camp

Date: July 28th, 2010 | No Comments

Bandits attacked a tourist tent camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, killing one and wounding two but reportedly escaping without obtaining any valuables. Authorities launched a major security operation involving 100 police, sniffer dogs and two aircraft to track down the assailants. The attack took place at a resort in the Mara Triangle, the [read more]

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