Malaria & Safety – Shaba 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


Shaba made headlines in 1980 as the site of the murder of Joy Adamson. Today, Shaba is, in our opinion, a very safe destination. Parks and reserves in Kenya do not usually suffer from crime. However, exercise caution in cities and towns between parks if you are on a self-drive trip – consult the ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ advice below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Consult your doctor regarding appropriate vaccinations before coming to Kenya. The main concern is malaria (which doesn’t have a vaccination). It is advisable to take antimalarials and other precautions include covering up at dusk, and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Malaria risk is greatest in the peaks of the rainy seasons – April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

All wild animals should be respected, as their behavior is unpredictable and in some instances, dangerous. Keep in mind that actual incidents are very rare, so don’t be paranoid. Instead, behave sensibly and always listen to the instructions given 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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