Malaria & Safety – Meru 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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Most parks and reserves in Kenya, such as Meru, are safe in our opinion. It would be very rare to encounter crime in Meru or any developed park in the country. However, when visiting towns between parks in Kenya, normal urban safety precautions should be taken. Read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations need to be taken before coming to Kenya. Meru lies at low altitude and malaria is a real concern here, especially in the Wet season. All precautions should be taken seriously. Aside from taking antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellant (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening is highly recommended, to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

Always be respectful of wildlife and safety precautions around wildlife viewing when on safari. Your guide is the best source of information, so listen carefully to their advice. Actual problems are extremely rare so there is no need for paranoia, but remember there is potential danger and wildlife encounters can be unpredictable.

For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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