Malaria & Safety – Masai Mara NR

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.


The Masai Mara is a very safe park to visit, in our opinion. The developed parks and reserves in Kenya are usually considered safe and the Masai Mara is no exception. The park is the most visited and popular in Kenya and produces a lot of revenue. For that and other reasons, the government makes sure security is kept high.

Most people fly to the park, which is not only the most comfortable, but also the safest way to travel. Self-drive visitors need to take caution when driving to the park. The road is very bad, and a breakdown is not out of the question. Although the distance (under 300km) isn’t that far, it is advised to leave Nairobi early in the morning.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are needed before coming to Kenya in general, and to a lesser extent the Masai Mara. Malaria is the biggest health concern for visitors to Kenya, and antimalarials should be taken. Using mosquito repellent with a minimum of 30% DEET and covering up at dusk is also highly recommended to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.

Wildlife Viewing

Please respect safety precautions regarding wildlife watching. There is no need for paranoia, and actual incidents are very rare. However, keep in mind the potential danger and unpredictability of animal encounters. Listen to the advice of your guide and use your common sense. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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