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Despite the importance of tourism to the Kenyan economy, the road system, like much of the country's infrastructure, is poor.

Long stretches are rutted and full of pot-holes, with frequent gaps where the road surface has been washed away.

This makes any journey a bit of an adventure and you have to be prepared to spend time just waiting for someone to come and pull you out of the mud.

On the plus side drivers in Kenya seem to react well to this adversity and always stop to help one another out.

This is particularly true with safari companies, whose drivers always look out for one another and never leave a tourist in the lurch.

However it is advisable not to be out on the roads at night in many areas of the country.

Some regions are notorious for putting glass and nails down to stop cars/buses so that they can rob the passengers.

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In daylight these occurrences are rare, although you are advised to put valuables out of site and away from the windows when travelling through Nairobi.

Most of Kenya is perfectly safe for foreign tourists, and certainly we have never encountered any problems.

On some routes in the south, notably between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks you are advised to take advantage of the local armed guards who will travel with you to deter bandits.

The North of the country is a very different matter with frequent bandit attacks near the borders.

In fact Kenya currently has a problem with militia groups from Ethiopia crossing the border and terrorizing Kenyan villagers. We were on the side of caution and avoid travelling in these northern border areas.

Some people do find the attention of hawkers selling fruit, masks, animal carvings, souvenir spears and shields rather intimidating. We find that simply saying "no thank you" in a polite, friendly but firm tone does the trick.

Also having a small stock of biros which can be given to children for school helps smooth the way.

Other than that we have relied on the advice and good sense of our local guides to provide advice on where to shop and what to watch out for.

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