Malaria & Safety – Nairobi 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


Nairobi National Park, like most parks in Kenya, is very safe to visit, in our opinion. Nairobi city though, has a bad reputation for crime. If you venture into the city independently, please read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ accessed by the link below. When visiting the park, you should be picked up and dropped off at your hotel.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations need to be taken before coming to Kenya. Nairobi lies at a high altitude and malaria is not a real concern here, but if you are visiting other places in Kenya, you should take all necessary precautions. Aside from antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening is highly recommended to minimize the risk of getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

Listen to the instructions and advice provided by your guide when watching wildlife. Although incidents are extremely rare, keep in mind the potential danger and unpredictability of wildlife encounters. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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