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.


The population of Namibia is very small, and in Damaraland, spread out so distances between settlements are very long. Always make sure you fill your petrol tank when you have the chance and take plenty of water. Consider renting a satellite phone in Windhoek. Northern Damaraland is very remote. Visitors need to have a fully equipped 4x4 and are advised to travel in pairs with a second vehicle.

Malaria & Vaccinations

A visit to your travel doctor is important before embarking on a trip to Namibia. There are vaccinations that you must get before departure. Although Damaraland is an area at low risk for malaria exposure, you will still need advice and it will be dependent on when you travel. You will need to take precautions, especially in the wet months from October to April, such as taking anti-malarials, wearing protective clothing and using 30% DEET mosquito repellent.

Wildlife Viewing

Caution is always advised with wild animals, as their behavior is often unpredictable. There is little need for concern if you follow all the rules of the park or 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’

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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