Coming to Mpala

Wild Dogs on Mpala
Wild Dogs finding their way on Mpala. Courtesy of the Laikipia Wild dog Project


The Mpala Research Centre is located in Laikipia District, central Kenya. The property (20,000 ha/48,000 acres) is situated northwest of Mt. Kenya, 50km north of the Equator, and 50km from Nanyuki town. Mpala is bounded on the east side by the Ewaso Ng'iro river, and the north by the Ewaso Narok river. See Map

Things to Bring

* Warm weather clothing for the daytime (shorts, tshirts)
* Trousers and a sweater/fleese for the chilly evenings
* Raincoat for the rainy seasons
* Rechargeable flashlight
* Band-Aids
* Neosporin, Lomotil, Pepto-Bismol, Aspirin or equivalent
* Prescription medication that you may need
* Toiletries
* Insect repellant
* Sunscreen
* Hat for sun protection
* Lip balm
* Sunglasses
* Water bottle
* Penknife

Mpala researchers enjoying their studies.
Photo by Margaret Kinnaird

* Daypack
* Binoculars
* Camera
* Hiking boots
* Sturdy sandals
* Pleasure reading and/or biology books to read and donate to Mpala’s library
* DVDs to watch in the evenings and donate to Mpala’s collection

Nanyuki is a relatively big town, and much is available there, from toiletries to medicines and special food items.

Mpala provides:

* Mosquito netting
* Towels
* Linens
* Laundry service

Health, Immunization and Medical Evacuation

 The US Government’s Center for Disease Control website discusses health risks in Kenya and should be consulted by anyone travelling to Mpala; see Visitors also are advised to check with their doctor or Health Department for necessary immunizations before arrival. Yellow Fever is no longer required to enter Kenya. Malaria is rare at the Centre and is usually contracted when travelling outside the District. However, we advise sleeping under mosquito nets (provided). If you plan to travel elsewhere in Kenya, you should consult your doctor or Health Department for up-to-date details about prevention and cure of malaria. Water borne diseases can be prevented by drinking only bottled water, or water that you know is sterilized and filtered.

Mpala has a local clinic for treatment of minor issues. The Nanyuki Cottage Hospital, a private hospital located in Nanyuki town, less than 45 minutes away, has excellent, well-trusted staff and can treat most illnesses and minor emergencies.

All researchers are required to have Flying Doctor's membership before arrival unless they provide proof of another international medical evacuation plan. MRC management will facilitate Flying Doctor’s membership. Please contact Joseph Leting at [email protected].