​Malaria & Safety – Tsavo West 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.


Tsavo West can be considered a very safe destination in our opinion, especially so on an organized tour. Crime in any of the Kenyan parks and reserves is very unusual. However, it’s always good to exercise normal safety precautions in the cities and towns between parks (see ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). The vast majority of visitors to Kenya have no crime-related incidents during their holiday.

It is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Kenya’ link below) to obtain current information about safety in Kenya.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Seek your doctor’s advice regarding vaccinations that you may need before a trip to Kenya. The main health consideration for visitors is malaria, but the risk is very low if you take antimalarials. Other precautions, such as covering up exposed skin in the evening and using mosquito repellent with DEET, help even further to reduce the risk. Malaria is most prevalent in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe if you listen to the instructions given by your guide. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare so there’s nothing to worry about. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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