​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.


All parks and reserves in Namibia are generally safe to visit, including Bwabwata National Park. It is however very remote and self-drive visitors need to plan their trip carefully. If possible, try to travel in a convoy of at least two vehicles.

It is always worth checking the current travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Namibia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before embarking on a trip to Namibia, you should visit your travel doctor. Several vaccinations are recommended prior to departing and a yellow fever vaccine is required when travelling from a country with risk of transmission. 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

Wildlife viewing in Bwabwata NP is very safe. If you follow the rules of the park, stick to designated areas and remain safely in your car when outside of them, you will be fine. If you travel on an organized tour, your guide will give you instructions to keep you safe. Please see the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below for more helpful tips.

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