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.

Safety

Like other game reserves and parks in Rwanda, Akagera NP is very safe in our opinion. Most people come with their experienced driver-guide, but optional guides are available for self-drive visitors. This is recommended for people without much bush experience, as the park isn’t very busy and there are only basic signposts, so getting lost is a real possibility. Night drives and boat safaris are all conducted with local rangers.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Akagera NP lies in a malaria zone and precautions against malaria, as well as certain other vaccinations, are advised. Protection against malaria includes taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET. It is also advised to cover up in the evening by wearing long trousers, sleeves and closed shoes.

Spraying the room every evening before bedtime is a good idea if you aren’t sleeping under a mosquito net. The risk of malaria is worst in the rainy seasons – from March to May and October to December.

Wildlife Viewing

Risks are always present when viewing wildlife but can easily be avoided by following your guide’s directions and being aware of the wildlife viewing safety precautions below. Note that no walking is allowed within the park, and it’s forbidden to exit your vehicle while out on a drive.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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