Malaria & Safety – Marsabit NP

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.


Marsabit is usually visited on a road trip to Lake Turkana. This trip is not recommended for anybody without experience in African travel. Northern Kenya is very undeveloped, and Marsabit is totally off-the-beaten track. It is advisable to drive in a convoy with at least one other vehicle. Northern Kenya has a history of tribal conflict and there have been cases of banditry as well. Local advice on recent safety issues should be taken before heading up north. In our opinion, Marsabit National Park itself is quite safe to visit.

Malaria & Vaccinations

You will probably require some vaccinations before coming to Kenya – ask your doctor for advice. Taking precautions against malaria is highly recommended. Antimalarials are advised and you should cover up at night, and apply mosquito repellent that contains at least 30% DEET. If you’re in a room that doesn’t have a mosquito net, consider spraying the room every evening. The peaks of the rainy seasons (from April to May and October to November) are when the risk from malaria is greatest.

Wildlife Viewing

Listening to the instructions given by your guide and exercising common sense is important when watching wildlife. Wild animals should always be respected, as their behavior is unpredictable and in some instances can be dangerous. Actual incidents are very rare though. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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