Useful information, mostly from
Respect the local people by not wearing short
Public displays of affection and anger in public are inappropriate.
Homosexuality is illegal.
Taking photographs of people without asking can be offensive,
best to politly ask and if people refuse, don't worry and enjoy
your holiday. Remember the best picture is the one you definitly
did not manage to take.
Change money in authorised Banks or Bureaux
US dollars or Euros are often accepted
Always have small change in local currencies.
Wearing expensive jewellery and camera's invites
Avoid walking in the streets late at night, take a taxi instead.
Several young people have been robbed at the Double Road in
Like everywhere else in the world, be careful at markets where
you keep your purse, camera, etc.
Assess the safety of any vehicle you use and complain if the
driving is dangerous.
As a pedestrian be alert to poor driving; as a driver be alert
to pedestrians / cyclists who do not check for cars.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road.
EVERY DAY HEALTH
Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers at night
to avoid mosquito bites (especially during the rainy season).
Drink bottled water or boil water (5 minutes to be absolutely
sure) before drinking, avoid ice and drinking tap water..
Use sun cream - skin cancer is a definite risk in the tropics.
Wash hands often with soap and water.
Remember that being infected with HIV is a risk not worth taking;
keep in mind that it is alarmingly prevalent in East Africa
and spreading all the time. Condoms are widely available in
Wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers at night to avoid mosquito
bites which may carry the risk of contracting malaria (especially
during the rainy season). Use insect repellent and a mosquito
net. If you are bitten, avoid scratching as this can leave an
open wound that can pick up all sorts of germs and grime.
At certain times of year there are small insects
that, when squashed on skin, secrete an acidic fluid that causes
a blistery rash that can be very painful. If you feel something
crawling on you brush it off rather than squash it.
Remember the old adage 'Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget
it' when eating fruit and vegetables. Avoid salads, especially
if you have just arrived in the country.
Swahili time is counted from dawn, not midnight
and is 6 hours different i.e. 7:00 = saa moja (1:00).
People jump from one system to the other.
Always double check an arranged time, specifying morning, afternoon
If you use Swahili, Swahili time will be assumed.
Time keeping is not at the top of the priority list for some