​Malaria & Safety – Awash 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 Ethiopia.

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.


Due to armed clashes, several areas in Ethiopia are presently unsafe for visitors. We recommend you check your government’s travel advice before booking a trip to Ethiopia.

In our opinion, Awash National Park is generally a safe place to visit, especially on an organized tour. Independent travelers should be cautious in Addis Ababa and other Ethiopian cities. More information is in ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

To obtain the most up-to-date information about traveling in Awash NP and Ethiopia in general, it is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Ethiopia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before visiting Ethiopia, get advice from your doctor or a travel clinic on malaria-prophylaxis options and which vaccinations you might need.

Malaria is a concern in Awash NP and the Rift Valley in general. Taking antimalarials is recommended. Other precautions are covering up at dusk and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Malaria risk is worst in the peak of the rainy season from July to September.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Awash NP is very safe, as long as you listen to the instructions of your guide. Although sightings of dangerous animals are very rare in Awash NP, there might be large predators such as leopard and lion around. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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