Malaria & Safety – Lake Nakuru 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.

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In our opinion, Lake Nakuru is a very safe park to visit. Security within the park is high, and there is no cause for concern when staying here. It is located next to the small town with the same name. However, one should always be cautious when walking around any towns in Kenya without a guide. See ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ for further information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are required before a trip to Kenya. Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake in the Rift valley and malaria is a big concern here. Precautions should be taken seriously. Apart from bringing antimalarials, the use of mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up exposed skin in the evening is highly recommended.

Wildlife Viewing

Visitors to Lake Nakuru should always respect safety precautions concerning wildlife. Listen carefully to the instructions given by your guide. Although incidents are very rare and there isn’t a need for paranoia, 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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