Malaria & Safety – Lewa Conservancy


In early 2017, there were armed incursions on private conservation areas in Laikipia by disgruntled herders, and although there has been no violence aimed towards tourists, some local expats have been targeted. We recommend that independent travelers seek the latest advice before heading to the Laikipia Plateau, while tourists who have planned to visit this region on an organized safari should consult with their tour operator.

The usual safety precautions need to be taken if you’re driving and visiting towns between the parks. For more information, see 'cities and other urban areas safety precautions' below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Visitors to Kenya and, to a lesser extent, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, need several vaccinations before leaving home. Malaria is the biggest health concern for visitors and antimalarials are recommended. The use of mosquito repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) is highly recommended, as well as covering up in the evening, to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

It’s very important to respect safety precautions concerning wildlife when in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, or any protected area with animals. Keep in mind the potential danger and unpredictability of wildlife encounters, although there is no need for paranoia as occurrences are very rare. Put your trust in the guides who are well trained and listen to their advice. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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