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.

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Tsavo West, in our opinion, can be considered a very safe destination. This is generally the case with Kenyan parks and reserves as they do not usually suffer from crime. However, it’s always good to exercise safety precautions in the cities and towns between parks (see ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below) – especially relevant if you are traveling independently and driving yourself.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Seek your doctor’s advice regarding vaccinations that you will need before a trip to Kenya. The main health concern for visitors is malaria. It is advisable to take antimalarials as well as other precautions, such as covering up exposed skin in the evening and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.

Wildlife Viewing

Listening to the instructions given by your guide and using your common sense are the best ways to keep safe around wildlife. Although the behavior of wild animals is unpredictable and potentially dangerous, incidents are extremely rare so there’s no reason for paranoia. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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