​Malaria & Safety – Bale Mountains 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.

Bale Mountains National Park is generally a safe place to visit in our opinion. However, independent travelers should be aware that some petty crime does occur in Addis Ababa and other Ethiopian cities (much like other cities in the world). It is advisable to take normal safety precautions. More information is in ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

For current information about traveling in Bale Mountains NP and Ethiopia in general, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Ethiopia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

You should seek advice from a travel clinic or doctor regarding recommended vaccinations before visiting Ethiopia. There is no malaria in Bale Mountains National Park, nor in most of the Ethiopian highlands. Taking antimalarial medication may be recommended if you are visiting other areas of the country. Your health professional can provide advice.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe in Bale Mountains. There are very few dangerous animals in the park. There are lions and leopards in the Harenna forest section of the park, but sightings are very rare. It is important to listen to the instructions of your guide, whose number one priority will be your safety. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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