Malaria & Safety – Bangweulu Wetlands

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

Most people come to Zambia to visit the parks, and crime against tourists in these places, including Bangweulu Wetlands, is very unusual.

Due to the long distances between the parks and the condition of the roads, Zambia is mostly a fly-around country. Flying from park to park is a very safe way to travel.

Self-drive visitors to Bangweulu should ideally have some experience in bush driving and should take advice on the road conditions before heading off.

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is advisable to consult your travel clinic or doctor about which vaccinations you should have before visiting Zambia. Bangweulu Wetlands lies in a malaria area. You should cover up in the evening and apply mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most efficient) as well as take antimalarials. Please consult your travel clinic or doctor to find out which antimalarial medications are available, and most effective for the area you will be visiting.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is safe if you heed the advice given by your guide. As most lodges are unfenced, it is also crucial to listen to the safety briefing given at the lodge upon check-in. For more information, take note of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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