Malaria & Safety – Saiwa Swamp 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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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 & 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 (those containing DEET are most effective) are also recommended. Spray your room every evening before bedtime, if it doesn’t have a mosquito net.

Wildlife Viewing

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:

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