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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Kakamega Forest, in our opinion, is a very safe destination. There are generally no crime issues in any of the developed parks or reserves in Kenya. You should, however, take extra precautions if you are travelling independently in Kenya. Please read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below, if you are stopping in cities and towns between parks.

Malaria & Vaccinations

A trip to Kenya will require pre-trip vaccinations in your home country. When traveling around Kenya, the biggest risk for most visitors is malaria. Antimalarials are recommended, along with other precautions such as covering up exposed skin at dusk, and applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). If your room doesn’t have a mosquito net, consider spraying it every evening before you go to bed.

Wildlife Viewing

There are very few dangerous animals in Kakamega Forest. There are snakes though, and it is important to stay on the trails. Incidents are very rare, use common sense, and listen to the instructions given by your guide. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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