Places your mum warned you about: How to enjoy travel in places like Pakistan and Sierra Leone safely

... But which you should check out anyway for the beautiful landscapes, vibrant cultures and thriving local life

Kenya's capital Nairobi has an unfortunate nickname - Nairobbery - because of the high number of crime incidents there, such as assault, carjacking and robbery.

But beyond the frightening reputation and congested streets of the capital, Kenya is home to world-class safaris, exotic Maasai tribes and beautiful beaches.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 06, 2019, with the headline 'Places your mum warned you about...'. Print Edition | Subscribe