Malaria & Safety – Tsavo East NP

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


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 & 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 (those containing DEET are most effective) – provide a good defense against contracting malaria. The risk from malaria is greatest at the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and from October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

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:

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