Is Amboseli National Park affected by Malaria?
Is Amboseli National Park affected by Malaria? Amboseli national park is famous for large herds of elephants and it is known as the home of African elephants. It is the second visited national park in Kenya after the Masai mara national reserve and it is easily accessible since it is near the Kenya capital Nairobi. Amboseli National Park is found in the southeastern part of Kenya and it is the only protected area in Kenya where you can go and enjoy the clear views of the Kilimanjaro Mountains
The park features several habitats with unknown characteristics and these have enabled the park to harbor a lot of the wildlife species. Of course like any other park, malaria is prevalent in the Amboseli national park, and access to the park is close to the coast of Mombasa and thus it is risky meaning that malaria can as well happen. Lake Amboseli is where the park got its name and this lake forms one of the water catchments are within the park as well as the breeding grounds for the mosquitoes which means that malaria can easily be spread here. Also, the park is situated in the lowland areas which favors the breeding and multiplication of mosquitoes especially these areas that are on high altitude especially the Laikipia plateau which is a malaria area. Also, the lodges which are built within the park
Therefore visitors are advised to visit their doctors for advisory information when planning for the safari destination to the Amboseli national park. Talking to your doctor should involve the coming when you’re fully vaccinated against malaria, in addition to other obligatory health requirements especially the vaccination cards for yellow fever and the covid19. Malaria vaccination is not mandatory but it is good for your health since they usually say that prevention is so better than cure.
It is important to note that during the dry season, malaria in Amboseli national park is lower and it is this season which is the peak season in the park. During the dry season, most of the water catchments area in the Amboseli national park dry up and this lowers the breeding places for the mosquitoes which are responsible for spreading the malaria fever. Therefore, here at Africa adventure vacations, we advise our clients to visit the Amboseli national park during the dry season which starts in June to October and then December to February. This is the time when the rate of malaria-spreading mosquitoes is extremely low in Amboseli national park.
Malaria in Amboseli national park is rapid during the rainy season because the park is full of water that is stagnant and this provides good conditions for the breeding of mosquitoes. The rainy season in the Amboseli national park starts in March to May and then November and therefore when planning for your safari to Amboseli national park especially during the rainy season, make sure that you come with the malaria tablets for prevention. You need as well to carry the insect repellant that is rich in DEET and which is recommended by the World Health Organisation. Usually, the percentage of DEET recommended is 20 to 35%. The insect repellant doesn’t only protect you from the mosquitoes but also from other wild insects that you might encounter during the game drive safaris or while doing the nature walks safaris in Amboseli national park.
Anyway, you shouldn’t fear malaria in the Amboseli national park and this shouldn’t mire your dreams of coming to Africa especially Kenya to explore Amboseli national park especially viewing the animal’s safaris. Know that where you’re going to sleep especially the lodges that are found both inside and outside the national park have got the treated mosquito malaria nets and the management of the park always checks the lodges to ensure that they are fully equipped with malaria treated mosquito nets.
Make sure that you sleep under the mosquito net every time you’re on your bed and make sure that it doesn’t have any opening or holes that would sneak in mosquitoes. In case you deep small signs and symptoms of malaria share it with your driver-guide who will advise of the next course of action when it is still early. The safari guide-driver will help you to contact the doctor who will test you and give you advice accordingly.
Therefore, if you are asking whether Amboseli National Park is affected by Malaria and you need to take extra care and caution and any other preventive measure whenever you’re inside the park. You should put on the long-sleeved shirts whenever going for the safari game drives and where possible put on the walking boots that will prevent you from direct contact with the insects. Yes, there is malaria but the rate of transmission is minimal or low and in fact, rare cases have been reported by quest who have ever visited Amboseli National Park. The mothers who are pregnant are the most vulnerable and these need to take extra care while in the park. Otherwise, Amboseli national park provides a wonderful safari experience and it is worth visiting.