Malaria & Safety – Saiwa Swamp NP
Saiwa Swamp is a very safe destination, in our opinion. The same holds true for the other destinations in the country’s network of parks and reserves (which, in general, do not suffer from crime). However, if you are traveling independently and driving yourself, caution is advised in cities and towns between parks. See ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions' below for more information.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Get advice from your doctor about which vaccinations you need before coming to Kenya. There is no malaria in Saiwa Swamp because of the high altitude, but as you’re not likely to visit Saiwa Swamp in isolation, it is advisable to take antimalarials. Precautions such as covering up at night, and using mosquito repellent (with at least 30% DEET) are also recommended. Spray your room every evening before bedtime, if it doesn’t have a mosquito net.
There aren’t really any dangerous big animals in Saiwa Swamp. There are snakes in the forest though, and it is important to stick to the trails. Incidents concerning wildlife are extremely rare, so don’t be paranoid. Listen to the instructions given by your guide and exercise common sense. 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