Malaria & Safety – Lake Bogoria NR

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, there is no problem with safety inside Lake Bogoria National Reserve. There is no accommodation in the reserve aside from a campsite. Visiting on a daytrip on an organized safari is very safe. If you are on a self-drive safari, it is important to avoid driving after dark and to take safety precautions in the towns. See ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ for more information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before coming to Kenya you will most likely require several vaccinations. Lake Bogoria is a shallow soda lake in the Rift Valley and malaria is a big concern here. All precautions should be taken seriously. Taking antimalarial medication is recommended, and to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the use of repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up at dusk is advisable.

Wildlife Viewing

Although incidents are extremely rare and there is no need for paranoia, you should always be aware of the potential danger of wildlife encounters. Listen to the instructions given by your guide and use your common sense. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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