​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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Masai Mara National Reserve is very safe to visit, in our opinion. Crime towards travelers is rare in Kenya’s wildlife areas. As is the case throughout the world, the crime that does occur mostly happens in cities. Normal safety precautions should be taken when passing urban centers on your trip (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). However, you’ll be shielded from any crime-related problems when on an organized tour.

The travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ link below) contain current information about safety in Kenya.

Malaria & Vaccinations

You might need some vaccinations. Please contact your doctor or travel clinic before coming to Kenya. There is malaria in the Masai Mara and antimalarials are highly recommended. Using mosquito repellent containing DEET and covering up at dusk is also advisable to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara is generally very safe as long as you listen to the advice given by your guide. Incidents are extremely rare. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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