Malaria & Safety – Buffalo Springs 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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


In our opinion, Buffalo Springs is a very safe destination to visit. Crime is very rare in any of the parks and reserves in Kenya. You’ll should take normal safety precautions (as you would anywhere) in cities and towns as this is where incidents like petty theft can happen. Read ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information. However, you’ll be shielded from any safety issues when on an organized tour.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Buffalo Springs lies in a malaria area. Precautions against malaria include taking antimalarials and covering up in the evening. Also remember to use a DEET-based mosquito repellent. Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November. Seek advice from your healthcare professional about vaccinations too.

Wildlife Viewing

Incidents with wild animals are very rare. As long as you listen to the instructions given by your guide, you’ll be safe. Also take note of the park’s rules (especially if you are travelling independently). For more information on viewing wildlife safely, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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