Malaria & Safety – Gonarezhou NP


In our opinion you should be quite safe when travelling to Gonarezhou National Park on an organized safari. Aside from employees of the park, lodgings and tour operators, most of the people you will see will be tourists.

Self-Drive Safaris

Gonarezhou is a remote and secluded destination. Those planning a self-drive safari should take measures to stay safe. Traveling in a convoy with other vehicles would be best, but if you are unable, you should equip yourself with a proven GPS, good directions and a map. It is also recommended to prepare for spending a night in the bush in the case your car gets stuck or has a breakdown. Bring enough water and food for a night, spare tires, jack, tow ropes and shovels to dig, should you become stuck in the mud.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Malaria is a genuine concern, so certain precautions should be taken in order to prevent it, including antimalarial medication, mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET, and ensure you cover exposed skin in the evening. Get all the recommended vaccinations before traveling to Zimbabwe, as well.

Wildlife Viewing

Zimbabwean guides are among the highest skilled guides for conducting walking safaris and Gonarezhou is a prime destination for this adventurous wildlife viewing activity. Most risks involving wildlife can be prevented by simply listening to and acting on the advice of your guide. Also, take note of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

Want to Visit Gonarezhou NP?