​Malaria & Safety – Damaraland

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.


Damaraland is in our opinion safe to visit, especially on an organized tour. The area is, however, very remote and self-drive visitors need to have a fully equipped 4x4 and are advised to travel in pairs with a second vehicle. Always make sure you fill your petrol tank when you have the chance and take plenty of water.

To obtain the most up-to-date information about traveling in Damaraland and Namibia in general, it is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Namibia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

A visit to your travel doctor is important before embarking on a trip to Namibia. A yellow fever vaccine is required when travelling from a country with risk of transmission and several other vaccinations are recommended too. Although Damaraland is a low-risk-area for malaria, you will still need to take precautions, especially in the wet months from October to April. We advise taking anti-malarials, wearing protective clothing and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Damaraland is very safe if you follow the rules of the wildlife area. If you are on an organized tour, you should always listen carefully to the advice of your guide. Additionally, read the information below, regarding ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’.

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