​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.

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Tsavo East is, in our opinion, a very safe destination. In fact, there is very little crime in the Kenyan parks and reserves in general. As is the case all over, there is some crime in towns and cities, so normal precautions should be taken when visiting urban centers during your tour (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). The vast majority of visitors don’t have any incidents during their trip.

For up-to-date information about safety in Kenya, it is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before coming to Kenya, you should see your doctor regarding vaccinations that you may require. Most of Kenya, including Tsavo East, lies in a malaria area. While taking antimalarials is advisable, a few sensible precautions – such as covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent with DEET – also 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

Wildlife viewing in Tsavo East is very safe as long as you listen to the instructions provided by your guide. Also take note of the information provided in the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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