​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.

Travel Alert

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Lake Nakuru is a very safe park to visit, in our opinion. There are virtually no crime issues in the Kenyan parks. As is the case throughout the world, the crime that does occur mostly happens in cities. Therefore, normal safety precautions should be taken in urban centers (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). However, when visiting on a guided tour, you’re very unlikely to have any problems at all.

For more information about safety in Kenya, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are recommended before a trip to Kenya. Lake Nakuru is a shallow soda lake in the Rift valley and malaria is present. Apart from applying antimalarials, the use of DEET-based mosquito repellent and covering up exposed skin in the evening is highly recommended.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park is very safe as long as you adhere to the park rules and listen to the instructions given by your guide. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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