Malaria & Safety – Tsavo East NP
In Kenya, the developed network of parks and reserves are generally crime-free. Tsavo East is therefore, in our opinion, a very safe destination. However, visitors who drive around the country independently should take the usual precautions in cities and towns between parks. For more information, refer to ‘Cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Before coming to Kenya, you should see your doctor regarding vaccinations that you may require. Malaria is undoubtedly the main health concern. While taking antimalarials is advisable, a few sensible precautions – such as covering up at dusk, and using mosquito repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) – provide a good defense against contracting malaria. If your room doesn’t have a mosquito net, spray the room every evening. The risk from malaria is greatest at the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and from October to November.
The behavior of wild animals is always unpredictable and in some cases, dangerous. Do remember that incidents are very rare so there is no reason to be paranoid. Most importantly, use your common sense and listen to the instructions provided by your guide. For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- Kenya: Safety
- Kenya: Vaccinations & Malaria