Malaria & Safety – Hell's Gate NP

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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Hell’s Gate is a very safe park to visit, in our opinion. Most visitors to the park will stay in Naivasha, which is a small town. There are no big safety concerns in Naivasha, but it’s a good idea to always be cautious when walking around any towns in Kenya without a guide (see ‘cities and urban areas safety precautions’ below for more). It is recommended to ask advice from your hotel before heading out to town.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations need to be taken before coming to Kenya. The town of Naivasha is located on the shore of the Rift Valley lake with the same name. Malaria is a big concern here and precautions should be taken. Aside from antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening is highly recommended to minimize the risk of being bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

Visitors to the park should respect safety precautions concerning wildlife. A big attraction of the park is that it offers the opportunity to cycle and walk unguided. Most dangerous animals aren’t present in the park, but there is a healthy population of buffalo (always keep your distance). It is important to stay on the road at all times and to keep a watchful eye out for animals – and buffalo in particular. Don’t proceed if potentially dangerous animals block the road.

For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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