Malaria & Safety – Laikipia

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 early 2017, there were armed incursions on private conservation areas in Laikipia by disgruntled herders. In 2018 and 2019, the situation has settled down, but independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading into Baringo County or Laikipia.

If you are driving and visiting towns between parks, normal safety precautions are recommended. For more information, see ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

There are several vaccinations needed before traveling to Kenya and, to a lesser extent, Laikipia Plateau. Malaria is the biggest health concern for visitors and antimalarials are recommended. The use of mosquito repellant (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening helps greatly to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

Please respect safety precautions around wildlife when visiting the reserves in Laikipia. Although incidents are extremely rare and there is no need for paranoia, you should always keep in mind the potential danger and unpredictability of wildlife encounters. Pay attention to the instructions given by your guide at all times. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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