Malaria & Safety – Aberdare NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Travel Alert

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In our opinion, most parks and reserves in Kenya are safe to visit and Aberdares National Park is no exception. Crime in any developed park like the Aberdares is extremely rare. However, when visiting towns between parks, normal safety precautions need to be taken. For more information, see ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below. However, you’ll be shielded from any potential problems when booking an organized tour.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are required before coming to Kenya. Your healthcare provider will be able to advise. Because of the high altitude, there is no malaria risk in the Aberdares. However, antimalarials are recommended if you are visiting other areas of the country.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Aberdares NP is very safe and incidents are extremely rare. Your guide will ensure your safety at all times. Baboons have become a bit of a pest in some lodges, including Treetops in the Aberdares. The baboons will avoid confrontation, but if provoked they can give a nasty bite. You won’t have any issues with them as long as you don’t feed them or approach them. For more general information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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