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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

‘Nairobbery’, as it is often called by residents, has its share of crime and violence, but the majority of problems happen in the slums, far from the main tourist zones. The city centre is comparatively trouble-free as long as you use a bit of common sense, and there are plenty of askaris (security guards) around at night. Stay alert and you should encounter nothing worse than a few persistent safari touts and the odd con artist. The area around Latema and River Rds is a hotspot for petty theft, and Uhuru Park attracts all kinds of dodgy characters. The streets empty rapidly after dark – take a taxi, even if you’re only going a few blocks.

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While you're there


Emergency services (999) Fire, police and ambulance. Don’t rely on their prompt arrival.

Police (240000) For less-urgent police business.

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Medical services

Avoid the Kenyatta National Hospital.

AAR Health Services Nairobi (715319; Williamson House, Fourth Ngong Ave); Westlands (446201; Sarit Centre, Westlands)

Aga Khan Hospital (740000; Third Parklands Ave; 24hr)

KAM Pharmacy (251700; Executive Tower, IPS Bldg, Kimathi St) Pharmacy, doctor’s surgery and laboratory.

Medical Services Surgery (317625; Bruce House, Standard St; 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri)

Nairobi Hospital (722160) Off Argwings Khodek Rd.

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