​Malaria & Safety – Kafue NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

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

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

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


In our opinion, you don’t need to worry about safety when visiting Kafue National Park. Crime within Zambia’s parks and reserves is extremely rare. More so when on an organized tour; your guide will take care of your safety at all times. It is, however, recommended to obtain the most up-to-date safety information about traveling in Kafue and Zambia in general. Please check the relevant travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Zambia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

You should make an appointment with your travel clinic or doctor to find out which vaccinations you need before visiting Zambia. Malaria is a concern in the country, and in Kafue specifically, so you need to find out about antimalarials too. We also recommend wearing long clothes in the evening and using DEET-based mosquito repellent. Malaria risk is highest in the Wet season (November to April).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing can be considered very safe as long as you listen carefully to your guide’s instructions. All walking safaris are conducted by a highly qualified guide as well as a game scout and incidents involving wildlife are extremely rare. As most lodges are unfenced, it is also important to take note of the safety briefing given at your accommodation when you check in. For further tips, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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