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    Kenyan knife laws?

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    later this year I'm going to Kenya on safari.
    as you can imagine, even when travelling I like to keep a knife handy.
    I'm guessing that my SAK would be safe enough, but I'd rather not risk it without solid info.
    does anyone know the laws that apply to importing and carrying a knife in kenya?

    the only reference I could find on google was an reference to a ban on importing "knives and dangerous hunting weapons", but the page and it's links didn't make it clear what they considered a knife, and it's link to "dangerous hunting weapons" suggests to me that it may not cover folding pocket knives.

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    Dec 2007
    Given saying you are going on "safari" in Kenya means you certainly aren't going hunting, I would think a Swiss Army would be a adequate. Most African countries are too corrupt to ever know what is legal and what isn't. The guy with the gun will make that decision when ever and however he wants.

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    When in Kenya I took a Spyderco Mille, an EKI cqc8, and a beater endura. Your SAK SHOULD be fine. Just pack it in your check luggage and you SHOULD be fine. My rule of thumb when traveling out of the country is never take a blade you're not willing to lose, get confiscated, etc. As mentioned before some of the African countries are very corrupt. Keep cash on you(hidden and broken into smaller amounts so no one sees you with a lot of money). You may be able to use it to get yourself out of trouble(even if you didn't do anything wrong.) My last piece of advice is to get to baggage claim ASAP once off the bird otherwise some homie may grab your bag and run out the door. Basic rules when traveling in a 3rd world country apply.

    Have fun Mzungu : )

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