Malaria & Safety – Ol Pejeta

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 early 2017, there were armed incursions on private conservation areas in Laikipia by disgruntled herders. In 2018 and 2019, the situation has settled down, but independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading into Baringo County or Laikipia.

Most people fly to Ol Pejeta, but if you are to drive out here and visit towns between parks, observe normal safety precautions. Read 'cities and urban areas safety precautions' below for more information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations need to be taken before coming to Kenya in general and, to a lesser extent, Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Malaria is the biggest health concern for visitors and antimalarials are recommended. The use of mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up during the evening is your best defense against mosquito bites.

Wildlife Viewing

All visitors to Ol Pejeta Conservancy should respect safety precautions relating to wildlife. Although incidents are extremely rare on safari, you should always keep in mind the potential danger and unpredictability of wildlife encounters. The best advice will come from your guide, so always listen to their instructions. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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