​Malaria & Safety – Shimba Hills 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.


Shimba Hills National Reserve is, in our opinion, a very safe destination for visitors to Kenya. Shimba Hills is usually visited from one of the nearby beach resorts south of Mombasa. There are sporadic occurrences of theft on the beaches, but as long as you don’t flaunt any valuables, there shouldn’t be a problem. The vast majority of people don’t have any crime-related issues on their holiday.

For more information about safety in Kenya, we recommend reading the government travel advisories listed on the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ page (see link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your doctor is best placed to provide medical advice about vaccinations. Shimba Hills lies in a malaria zone. To minimize the risk, taking antimalarials is recommended. Other precautions include covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Malaria risk is highest in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

As long as you listen to the instructions provided by your guide, wildlife viewing is very safe. Incidents are extremely rare. For more information, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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