7 British tourists robbed in Samburu National Reserve

Larsen's Camp.
Larsen's Camp.

Yesterday (Sunday, 11 June) armed bandits robbed seven British tourists of their valuables as they travelled to Larsen’s Camp in the Samburu National Reserve.

The robbery occurred about 3km from the gate at 17:45 but thankfully, despite the terrifying experience, no-one was injured.

Tourist Police Unit (TPU) Officers have confirmed they are tracking the criminals through the bush.

In a statement, officials said: “We condemn this acts of robbery on either local and international tourists, the government will firmly deal with perpetrators of such acts.”

Twitter users expressed shock and disappointment at the news with Miss Habesha posting “Our parks are supposed to be the safest … poverty, food shortage, drought is a catalyst to this”.

Fellow Twitter user Gladys said “So so sad. As we get to busy season we hope that security will be deployed in such areas.”

This incident is unfortunate for the tourist industry in Kenya which has worked tirelessly to improve the security situation in the country. The lifting of travel advisories by the U.K. Government for Lamu Island, Manda Island and the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh reflect the improving situation and it should be noted that incidents like this are very rare.