Malaria & Safety – Chizarira NP


Generally, in our opinion, you can consider it to be safe to go on an organized safari to Chizarira National Park. However, the park is rarely visited, and there are no lodges inside. There has been human encroachment in the park in recent years, and one should be cautious for theft from campsites.

Self-Drive Safaris

If you are visiting Chizarira on a self-drive safari, precautions should be taken, since the park is very remote and off-the-beaten-track. The best thing to do would be to convoy with one or more other vehicles. If this isn’t a possibility, be sure to bring maps, decent directions and a good GPS unit. Prepare for a potential night in the bush, which could be a real possibility if a breakdown occurs or your vehicle gets stuck. Pack enough food and water and a couple of spare tires, towing cables, a reliable jack and shovels.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Malaria protection is important. Take anti-malarials and equip yourself with mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET. It’s a good idea to cover up as evening approaches too. You should also have the several vaccinations that are recommended for Zimbabwe before you arrive.

Wildlife Viewing

Zimbabwean guides are some of the best-trained guides for walking safaris. Chizarira is a great destination for this. Wildlife viewing always brings a certain risk, but you'll be fine by following the instructions of your guide and reading the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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