Malaria & Safety – Bwabwata NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


If you’re visiting Bwabwata NP on a self-drive safari, you need to be aware of the long distances involved. Always travel with food and water and stop to fill your petrol tank at every chance. It is advisable to let people at your lodge or campsite know of your plans before driving out into the park. If possible, try to travel in a convoy of at least two vehicles.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before embarking on a trip to Namibia, you should visit your travel doctor. There are vaccinations that you must have prior to departing. Your doctor can also provide you with assistance in preventing malaria, which is a major concern in Bwabwata NP, especially in the wet months from October to April. Anti-malarials are strongly advised, as well as covering up in the evening and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

While in the presence of wild animals, always exercise caution. If you follow the rules of the park, stick to designated areas and remain safely in your car when outside of them, you should be fine. Your guide will give you instructions which you should always follow, if traveling on an organized tour. Please see the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below for more helpful tips.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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