Malaria & Safety – Chobe 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.


Botswana is safe to visit in our opinion, and Chobe in particular as there are almost no crime issues in national parks.

Flying around from lodge to lodge is a very safe way to travel. Theft from a room can happen (the same as anywhere), but if you lock away your valuables, you should be fine.

Botswana is a popular self-drive destination. It is, however, necessary to be as sensible in towns as you would at home. Tourists are always a bit more vulnerable because they usually have a lot of valuables. Some of the parks are very remote, and it is essential to bring a lot of water, some food and plenty of fuel for emergency situations. Most self-drive visitors stay in Kasane, which is easy to reach, but visitors driving to Savuti, or especially Linyanti, should check the road conditions before heading off.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your travel clinic or local doctor will give you advice on appropriate vaccinations for visiting Botswana. Chobe lies in a high-risk malaria zone, so it is advisable to take antimalarial medication. Extra safety measures that should be adhered to are using insect repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) and covering up in the evening. The malaria risk is highest in the rainy season.

Wildlife Viewing

Incidents with animals are extremely rare. Wild animals, however, are unpredictable and visitors should always listen to the safety briefing at their lodge check-in, as well as take any warnings seriously.

When on an organized safari, listen carefully to the instructions given by your guide, and when on a self-drive safari, familiarize yourself with the designated areas where you may get out of the vehicle.

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

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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