​Malaria & Safety – Kaokoland

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Kaokoland is in our opinion safe to visit, especially on an organized tour. Self-drive visitors should take note that the area is totally undeveloped; good 4x4 skills and sufficient supplies are a must. It is advised to travel in convoy with another vehicle.

To obtain the most up-to-date information about traveling in Kaokoland and Namibia in general, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Namibia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before your trip to Namibia, it is important to visit a travel clinic to get advice on vaccinations and malaria. The majority of Kaokoland lies in a malaria-free zone, but the eastern section does not. Consult your doctor about anti-malarials and please note that in case you visit other areas in the malaria-zone (eg Etosha and the Zambezi Region) anti-malarials are recommended. And don’t forget to cover up in the evening and use a mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Kaokoland is very safe as long as you listen to your guide at all times. Self-drive visitors should always stay inside their car on game drives. If you require additional info, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions, below.

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