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 is, in our opinion, a very safe destination for visitors to Kenya. Generally, crime issues found in urban centers do not overflow into any of the developed parks or reserves in Kenya. If you are on a self-drive safari, be aware that the usual precautions in cities and towns between parks apply (see ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below). Shimba Hills is usually visited from one of the nearby beach resorts, and petty theft is a problem on the beaches south of Mombasa.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your doctor is best placed to provide medical advice about vaccinations that you will need before coming to Kenya. Malaria is the major concern for visitors traveling around the country. Shimba Hills lies in the coastal region and malaria risks are quite high. Taking antimalarials is recommended. Other precautions are covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent (with at least 30% DEET). If your room doesn’t have a mosquito net, it can be a good idea to spray the room every evening. Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

It is important to respect wild animals as their behavior is unpredictable and can potentially be dangerous. Behave sensibly and listen to the instructions provided by your guide. Actual incidents are very rare and there is certainly no reason for paranoia. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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