​Malaria & Safety – Akagera NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Rwanda.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Rwanda.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Rwanda.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Rwanda.

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.

For up-to-date information about safety in Akagera and Rwanda in general, it’s worth reading the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Rwanda’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Malaria is present in Akagera. 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 season – from October to May. You might need some vaccinations before visiting Rwanda – consult your doctor for advice.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Akagera is generally very safe. As long as you listen to your guide’s direction, you shouldn’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 additional tips in the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ link below.

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