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 National Park, are safe to visit 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 and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information. When following these precautions, you shouldn’t have any crime issues during your visit.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations need to be taken before coming to Kenya. Meru lies at low altitude and malaria is present, especially in the Wet season. Aside from taking antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellent containing DEET and covering up in the evening is highly recommended.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe as long as you listen to the advice given by your guide. Also take note of the regulations of the park. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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