​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.


In our opinion, Buffalo Springs National Reserve is a very safe destination to visit. Crime is rare in any of the parks and reserves in Kenya. In any case, you’ll be shielded from any potential safety issues when on an organized tour. Independent travelers should seek local travel advice before heading out. Please check the government travel advisories listed on the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ page for general information on safety in Kenya (see link below).

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 and after the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and November to December. Seek advice from your health-care 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 should be safe. Also take note of the park’s rules (especially if you are traveling independently). For more information on viewing wildlife safely, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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