Kenya is a popular African destination that carries a travel warning from the U.S. State Department. Tourists are drawn by the majestic wildlife, classic safaris and national parks, but unfortunately there are necessary precautions. Currently, travelers should avoid the northeastern areas of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa along the border of Somalia due to the terrorist group al-Shabaab, as well as coastal areas of Tana River, Lamu, and areas north of Malindi. In 2016, terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 122 people, mostly in these areas. In Mombasa, tourists should restrict visits to Old Town during daytime only. Poor boat maintenance means the Likoni Ferry is another concern to contend with. The Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh has a larger threat of terrorist activity than other parts of the city.
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