Malaria & Safety – Central Kalahari GR

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.


Botswana has very few crime issues. The country as a whole is safe to visit in our opinion, and Central Kalahari is no exception.

Flying around from lodge to lodge is obviously the safest way to travel. There is virtually no crime in the parks, including Central Kalahari GR. Theft from a room can happen, but as long as you lock away your valuables in a safe or a suitcase, there should be nothing to worry about.

Botswana is a popular self-drive destination. Central Kalahari is, however, extremely remote and exploring the park independently is only recommended for people with a lot of 4x4 bush experience. There are several campsites without facilities, so you need to be fully equipped.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your travel clinic will give you advice on which vaccinations are necessary for visiting Botswana. There are no big health concerns in Botswana for people on safari. Central Kalahari lies in a no-risk malaria zone, but if you are visiting other parts of the country, particularly in the north, it is advisable to take antimalarials. Extra safety measures include using insect repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) and covering up in the evening. The malaria risk is highest in the rainy season.

Wildlife Viewing

Wild animals are unpredictable, and visitors should always be extremely cautious. Every lodge will give a safety briefing at check-in, and it is essential to take any warnings seriously and listen to the advice provided.

When on an organized safari, you should always follow the instructions of the guide. When on a self-drive safari it is essential to stay in your car inside the park, unless in an area designated for alighting from the vehicle.

For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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