In light of security concerns, the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) has released a statement advising that the country enjoyed a peaceful Christmas season but that regions close to the Kenya-Somalia border remain ‘no-go’ areas.
“It is worth pointing out that there are no touristic attractions in these locations and no tours are presently being conducted there,” says the statement.
KTF advises that the major towns of Nairobi and Mombasa continue to maintain a very high level of security alertness. “Visitors should expect to see high levels of security checks in most places visited, including shopping malls and general public areas. These checks are not in response to any specific known threat, but are precautions to ensure the safety of all visiting these locations.”
“The past security concerns regarding Lamu and its environs were addressed through improved surveillance and patrols. Although the area remains within the 150km that is of concern to most source markets, KTF is confident that recent security measures introduced by the government have gone a long way towards making the areas safe for resumed visitation.”
Parks and reserves continue to be safe locations for visitors, says the KTF.
In the coastal area of Mombasa, visitors were previously prevented from having beach beds right on the beach, but this restriction has been lifted as part of the Kenya Wildlife Service’s (KWS) pilot Beach Management Programme. “Visitors to the 12km stretch between Serena and Nyali can now be assured of peaceful enjoyment of the beach,” says KTF. “KWS will patrol the beach day and night so as to ensure the maximum security for guests. The programme will be extended to other beach areas after the pilot period.”
Finally, KTF urged all visitors to book through reputable and licensed tour operators, as they are kept aware of any developments in tourist locations throughout Kenya via the federation’s 24-hour Safety and Communication Centre.
The KTF Safety and Communication Centre can be reached on:
Tel : +254 20 8001000
Cell : +254 722 745645