Malaria & Safety – Amboseli 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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Travel Alert


Crime issues are not a problem in any of the developed parks and reserves in Kenya. Amboseli is no exception, and in our opinion, is a very safe destination for visitors. However, if you are traveling independently around Kenya, you should exercise caution in cities and towns between parks. More information is in ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before a trip to Kenya, seek advice about required vaccinations from your doctor. Malaria is a concern, especially at the heights of the rainy seasons – from April to May and October to November. It is advisable to bring antimalarials, and to take other preventative measures such as covering up in the evening, and applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Spraying the room every evening before bedtime is a good idea if you aren’t sleeping under a mosquito net.

Wildlife Viewing

When watching wildlife, it is important to behave sensibly and listen to the instructions given by your guide at all times. Remember that the animals are wild, so their behavior is unpredictable and possibly dangerous. Incidents are very rare though, so there is no reason to be paranoid. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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