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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.
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Marsabit National Park is very safe to visit, especially on an organized tour. The park is usually visited on a road trip to Lake Turkana. Northern Kenya is very undeveloped, and Marsabit is totally off-the-beaten track. If visiting Northern Kenya independently on a self-drive trip, you should get local advice before heading out. It would be advisable to drive in a convoy with at least one other vehicle. For current information about traveling in Kenya, you should check the government travel advisories listed on the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ page (see link below).
You will probably require some vaccinations before coming to Kenya – ask your doctor for advice. Taking precautions against malaria is highly recommended. Antimalarials are advisable and you should cover up at night, and apply mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). The peaks of the rainy seasons (from April to May and October to November) are when the risk of getting malaria is greatest.
Viewing wildlife is very safe as long as you listen to the instructions given by your guide. There isn’t much of a game drive circuit in the park, but park rangers are available for walking safaris. They will ensure your safety at all times. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.