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 can be considered a very safe destination. In general, crime issues that exist in urban areas do not affect any of the developed parks or reserves in Kenya. Visitors traveling independently should exercise caution in cities and towns between parks. For more information, read ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your doctor can provide advice about which vaccinations you need before a trip to Kenya. Malaria is a risk when traveling around the country. It is advisable to take antimalarials and other safeguards, such as covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

Incidents with wildlife are rare in Kenya. However, it is important to respect their behavior, as wild animals can be unpredictable and possibly dangerous. Use common sense and heed the instructions provided by your guide. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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