Warnings. By Udare Safari
Warnings. By Udare Safari


This is not intended as a source of extensive or exhaustive information where all the risks and warnings about Kenya and Tanzania are collected, but we want to present certain aspects which we consider important.

For more information you should consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Government of Spain (www.exteriores.gob.es) where recommendations are set to travel to Kenya and Tanzania.

  • Drugs:
    The legislation regarding cultivation, possession, use, sale and distribution of drugs is very severe.
  • Exports of protected species:
    The export of protected species of fauna and flora is liable to heavy penalties. When in doubt, it is wise to use caution and not try to take home any memories that might be inappropriate.
  • Homosexuality:
    Relations between people of the same sex is criminalized and legally prosecuted.
  • Prostitution:
    Street prostitution is prosecuted and punished.
  • Childhood:
    In some rural areas there have been a dramatic history of kidnappings of children, so the population is very sensitive to any foreign approach to children, whether to take photographs, give candy, etc.
  • Adopted children:
    It is recommended that those traveling with their adopted children bring with them the relevant documentation.
  • Photography:
    As elsewhere, there are people who are not bothered in the least be photographed, while others shun and reject it. The most prudent way to avoid awkward situations is to ask permission.
    Similarly, it is forbidden to photograph various government buildings, so it is recommended to refrain from doing so.
  • Smoking in public:
    In cities like Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru smoking is banned in public places, even in the street. Before doing so consult your guide.