Malaria & Safety – Kafue NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled 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.

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Crime against tourists in Kafue, as in all Zambian national parks, is very rare. When visitors get in trouble, it’s usually because of the poor condition of many Zambian roads. This isn’t really an issue with Kafue because the trip from Lusaka is an easy one. That is, unless you plan to drive around the park yourself, in which case you need some experience in off-road driving. Of course, most people will get to Kafue, and to other parks, by charter plane. This is a very safe option.

Malaria & Vaccinations

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, including at Kafue, so you need to talk to the clinic/doctor about antimalarials too. And plan on wearing long clothes in the evening and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

The instructions provided by your guide will ensure that you’ll be safe while watching the animals at Kafue. This is particularly important when you go on a walking safari. Incidents involving wildlife are extremely rare, but wild animals are unpredictable. Also, most lodges are unfenced, so listen carefully to the safety briefing given at your accommodation when you check in. And please note the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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