Malaria & Safety – Akagera NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

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Safety

Like other parks in Rwanda, Akagera National Park is very safe in our opinion. Most visitors come with their experienced driver-guide, but self-drive visitors can hire an optional ranger. The park’s staff will also ensure your safety on night drives and boat safaris.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Malaria is present in Akagera NP. Protection against malaria includes taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). It is also advisable to cover up in the evening by wearing long trousers, sleeves and closed shoes. The risk of malaria is highest in the rainy seasons – from March to May and October to December. You’ll also need some vaccinations before visiting Rwanda – consult your doctor for advice.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Akagera NP is generally very safe. As long as you listen to your guide’s direction, you won’t have any problems. Self-drive visitors should stay in their vehicles while on a game drive and make themselves familiar with the rules of the park. Also be aware of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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