Kenya Holiday During Elections
I was staying down in Kinondo Retreaton the south coast of Mombasa as the recent elections and results were being announced.
I had hired my own car as am very familiar with Kenya but I arranged for a driver to take myself and my friend down to Kinondo, where we spent 6 blissful days relaxing in the sunshine.
We had a super holiday and at no time were affected by the post election troubles. Friends in the UK were texting and calling saying that they had seen all of the terrible things going on in Kenya on the television & newspapers and that we should look at coming back home.
We had no such experience at all, and only on one day did we not venture out of the resort.
On our drive back to Mombasa, we gave ourselves extra time as we were prepared for troubles on the road. We got to the airport in record time, with absolutely no problem.
The troubles are very localised and in areas that tourists would not venture. The issues are tribal, and Kenyan people are not interested in causing conflict with tourists. Tourism is one of Kenya’s biggest industries and it is such a shame that following all the media & press publicity over here as well as the travel advisory, local Kenyans are now losing their jobs as tourists have been forced to cancel.
I’m pleased to see that the government have now lifted the ‘non essential’ travel advisory and hopefully people will start to travel again. Kenya has so much to offer, wonderful safari holidays, super beaches and friendly people.This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 6:20 pm and is filed under Kenya. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.