Malaria & Safety – Arabuko Sokoke

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.

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In our opinion, Arabuko Sokoke is a very safe destination. Crime issues in any of the developed parks and reserves in Kenya are very rare. If you are travelling independently and driving yourself, caution is advised in cities and towns between parks (see ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). Arabuko Sokoke is mostly visited from one of the nearby beach resorts, and petty theft is a problem on the beaches of Watamu and Malindi.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Seek advice from your doctor about vaccinations before coming to Kenya. The main concern when traveling around the country is malaria. Arabuko Sokoke lies in the coastal region and malaria risks are quite high. It is advisable to take antimalarials. Other precautions are covering up in the evening and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

It is important to respect wild animals as their behavior is unpredictable and can possibly be dangerous. Incidents are very rare, and there is no reason to be paranoid if you behave sensibly and listen to the instructions given by your guide. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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