Malaria & Safety – Solio Ranch

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.


In early 2017, there were armed incursions on private conservation areas in Laikipia by disgruntled herders. In 2018 and 2019, the situation has settled down, but independent travelers should seek the latest advice before heading into Baringo County or Laikipia.

Most people fly to Solio, but do be aware of general urban safety advice if you are on a self-drive safari and visiting towns between parks. See 'cities and other urban areas safety precautions' below for more advice.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations need to be taken before coming to Kenya, and Solio Ranch to a lesser extent. Because of the high altitude there is little to no malaria in Solio Ranch, but malaria is the biggest health concern for visitors to Kenya in general. If you are visiting other places in Kenya you should strongly consider taking antimalarials. The use of mosquito repellent that contains a minimum 30% DEET, and covering up in the evening, is also highly recommended to minimize the risk of getting mosquito bites.

Wildlife Viewing

Please respect the safety precautions around wildlife watching. Wildlife encounters can be unpredictable but there’s no need to be paranoid – incidents that threaten safety are extremely rare. Your guide is best placed to provide instructions and guidance while on safari. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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