Greetings Greetings are important. Never launch into a conversation, even when just asking for directions, without first greeting the person with whom you're speaking. Learning a few words in Swahili helps.
Eating Never, ever handle food with the left hand! If others are eating with their hands, do the same, even if cutlery is provided. If eating in someone's home, leave a small amount on your plate to show your hosts that you’ve been satisfied.
Children Don’t hand out sweets/pens to children on the streets, since it encourages begging.
Patience Impatience will get you nowhere in East Africa, where nothing is hurried. If in a frustrating situation, be patient, friendly and considerate. Never lose your temper as a confrontational attitude won’t go down well.
Photography Always ask before photographing people. Never photograph someone if they don’t want you to. If you agree to send someone a photo, do so.