Malaria & Safety – Samburu NR

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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Travel Alert


In our opinion, Samburu National Reserve can be considered a very safe destination, especially on an organized tour. It’s always recommended to take normal safety precautions (as you would anywhere in the world) in cities and towns as this is where incidents like petty theft sometimes occur. Read ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your doctor can provide advice about which vaccinations you need before a trip to Kenya. Malaria is present in Samburu, but the risk is minimal when taking antimalarials. Other safeguards, such as covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent with DEET are recommended as well. Malaria risk is most prevalent in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe in Samburu NR. As long as you use common sense and heed the instructions provided by your guide, you’ll be totally fine. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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