​Malaria & Safety – Hwange NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.


Hwange National Park is, in our opinion, a safe destination, especially if you’re traveling on an organized tour. A self-drive safari is an option too but always get local advice on road conditions and safety before heading off. For current information about safety in Zimbabwe, government travel advisories are worth checking (see the ‘Safety & Security – Zimbabwe’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Hwange is located in a malaria zone. To protect yourself, you need to take some easy precautions. We recommend applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and taking antimalarial drugs. There are a few vaccinations recommended before traveling to Zimbabwe. Seek advice from your healthcare professional or local travel clinic.