Malaria & Safety – Tsavo West NP
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 and other 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 (with at least 30% DEET). If there isn’t a mosquito net in your room, it is advisable to spray it before bedtime. Malaria risk is worst in the peaks of the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November.
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:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- Kenya: Safety
- Kenya: Vaccinations & Malaria