Malaria & Safety – Lewa Conservancy

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.


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. In 2018, the situation has settled down, but remains volatile. Independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading into Baringo County or Laikipia.

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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