​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.


Shaba National Reserve is a very safe destination in our opinion. Parks and reserves in Kenya do not suffer from crime. However, always exercise normal caution in cities and towns between parks – consult the ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ advice below. Incidents are very rare though and you’ll be shielded from any safety issues when on an organized tour by following the instructions of your guide.

To obtain the most up-to-date information about safety in Kenya, it is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Consult your doctor regarding appropriate vaccinations before coming to Kenya. Shaba NR lies in a malaria area. Therefore, it is advisable to take antimalarials. 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

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe. Incidents are very rare, so there is no need to worry. As long as you listen to the instructions given by your guide, you’ll be fine. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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