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.
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Shimba Hills is, in our opinion, a very safe destination for visitors to Kenya. If you are on a self-drive safari, be aware that the usual precautions in cities and towns between parks apply (see ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). Shimba Hills is usually visited from one of the nearby beach resorts, and theft is a problem on the beaches south of Mombasa.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Your doctor is best placed to provide medical advice about vaccinations. 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 (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.
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: