​Malaria & Safety – Gorongosa NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Mozambique.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Visiting Gorongosa National Park is safe in our opinion. However, there have been some political issues in the area in the past. We recommend that you make enquiries about the safety of the region before heading out there.

All activities in the park are conducted by the experienced guides at the camp and they will take care of your safety. Self-drive safaris are currently not allowed.

For current information about safety in Gorongosa NP and Mozambique in general, please check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Mozambique’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Gorongosa lies in a malaria zone and precautions against malaria are advised. These include antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent containing DEET. It is also a good idea to cover up exposed skin in the evening, so as not to get bitten. The risk of malaria is at its worst during the Wet season – from November to April.

You should also consult your local doctor or travel clinic before departing for Mozambique to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is overall very safe. Any risks regarding wild animals are easily avoided by following your guide’s instructions. Also take note of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ link below.

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