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


It is generally very safe to visit Laikipia Plateau, especially when on an organized tour. However, independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading out. If you are visiting towns between parks, normal safety precautions are recommended. For more information, see ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below. The vast majority of people don’t have any crime-related issues on their safari.

Malaria & Vaccinations

There are several vaccinations needed before traveling to Kenya. Malaria is present in Laikipia and antimalarials are recommended. The use of mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening helps greatly to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

As long as you pay attention to the instructions given by your guide, you’ll be very safe while viewing wildlife in Laikipia. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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