​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.


In our opinion, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is very safe to visit, especially on a guided tour. As there is no accommodation in the reserve aside from campsites, most people visit on a day trip. There are incidences of petty theft in the cities, so normal safety precautions are recommended when visiting urban centers. See ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information. The majority of travelers in Kenya have no crime-related issues during their trip.

It is worth checking the government travel advisories (see the link below) for up-to-date information about safety in Kenya.

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 present here. 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

There are no safety issues with wildlife viewing in Lake Bogoria. There are almost no dangerous animals in the reserve. There are some buffalo but they are rarely, if ever, seen. The main attraction is the flocks of flamingos that feed in the shallow waters. If you’re lucky, you might see some antelopes as well.

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