The most important consideration in East Africa is malaria. It’s recommended that prophylactics should be taken as a preventative measure, but don’t forget to wear pants and long sleeve shirts. Use a good insect repellent -- especially at night when the malaria mosquitoes come out. Repellent is still the number one protection. For peace of mind, remember that malaria is seasonal and only present in certain areas. You will actually have a bigger chance of getting infected in populated, coastal regions and cities like Mombasa, Kenya.


The only legally required vaccination is yellow fever. When entering Kenya or Tanzania, you must show proof of your vaccination. Without this health card, you’re not allowed to enter the country. Medical facilities are limited and medical care can be expensive, so make sure you bring your health insurance card as well.

Check with your local doctor or health department for the latest health precautions. Vaccination requirements change on occasion, and it’s always good to be updated to the current situation.

Staying safe

When it comes to safety, there’s no need to worry. Like any other country, it’s advisable to take common-sense security precautions, but once out in the national parks you are far removed from human settlement and crime in the camps is virtually nonexistent.

Be a bit more alert when visiting the bigger cities like Nairobi, Mombasa or Dar Es Salaam. The attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in 2013 had a big negative effect on tourism, but the terror threat has deescalated since then. In general, the universal travel rules apply: keep an eye on your purses, wallets, passports, money, and cameras when walking in a crowd. Avoid walking in the cities at night and place valuables in your hotel safe.

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