​Malaria & Safety – Arusha NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

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

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.


Like most parks and reserves in Tanzania, Arusha National Park is very safe in our opinion. Most visitors to the park stay in Arusha town, and normal safety precautions should be taken when walking around urban areas. Get advice from your hotel before heading out, never carry unnecessary valuables, and don’t walk around after dark, rather take a taxi. For more information, see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below. When following these precautions, it is highly unlikely that you will run into any issues.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Precautions against malaria and certain vaccinations are advisable (consult your local healthcare professional before traveling). Precautions against malaria include taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). It’s also a good idea to cover up exposed skin in the evening.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe as long as you follow your guide’s directions. If you’re on a self-drive safari, you should make yourself familiar with the rules of the park and never get out of the vehicle except in designated areas. Also take note of ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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