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.


In our opinion, most parks and reserves in Kenya are safe and the Aberdares 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.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are required before coming to Kenya in general, and the Aberdares to a lesser extent. Because of the high altitude, there is no malaria risk in the Aberdares. Malaria is the biggest health concern for visitors to Kenya, and antimalarials are recommended if you are visiting other areas of the country.

Wildlife Viewing

It’s important to respect safety precautions concerning wildlife when in the park. Although incidents are extremely rare and there is no need for paranoia, you should always keep in mind the potential danger and unpredictability of wildlife encounters. Listen to the instructions given by your guide at all times. Baboons have become a bit of a pest in some lodges, including Treetops in the Aberdares. Never challenge a baboon that has stolen food from you or anybody else. The baboons will avoid confrontation, but if provoked they can give a nasty bite. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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