​Malaria & Safety – Kakamega Forest 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.


Kakamega Forest National Reserve is in our opinion a very safe destination, especially if you are visiting on an organized tour. You should, however, take normal safety precautions if you are travelling independently and if you are stopping in cities and towns between parks. As anywhere in the world, that is where most crime occurs. Please read ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

To obtain the most up-to-date general information about safety in Kenya, it is also worth checking the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

A trip to Kenya might require some vaccinations. Due to the high altitude, there is little malaria in Kakamega Forest. However, antimalarials are recommended, especially if you are also traveling elsewhere in Kenya. Other precautions such as covering up exposed skin at dusk and applying mosquito repellent containing DEET also help.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Kakamega Forest NR is very safe. There are very few dangerous animals in the forest. Always listen to the instructions given by your guide and read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below for more information.

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