​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


In our opinion, Nairobi National Park, like most parks in Kenya, is very safe to visit. However, Nairobi city has a bad reputation for crime. An organized visit of the city is safe, but we don’t recommend venturing out independently. Please read ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ (see link below). The vast majority of people don’t have any crime-related issues on their safari.

For more general information about traveling in Kenya, please check the government travel advisories listed on the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ page (see link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

You will need a yellow fever vaccination before coming to Kenya. Several other vaccinations are recommended too. Nairobi lies at a high altitude and malaria is not a 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) is highly recommended. To minimize the risk of getting bitten, covering up in the evening helps too.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Nairobi NP is very safe as long as you listen to the instructions provided by your guide and you adhere to the park’s rules and regulations. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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