Malaria & Safety – Ol Pejeta
In early 2017, there were armed incursions on private conservation areas in Laikipia by disgruntled herders, and although there has been no violence aimed towards tourists, some local expats have been targeted. We recommend that independent travelers seek the latest advice before heading to the Laikipia Plateau, while tourists who have planned to visit this region on an organized safari should consult with their tour operator.
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 other 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 (containing at least 30% DEET) and covering up during the evening is your best defense against mosquito bites.
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:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- Kenya: Safety
- Kenya: Vaccinations & Malaria