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.

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Driving to Kaokoland is a major expedition and shouldn’t be undertaken independently by anybody without experience in this kind of travel. The area is totally undeveloped and anybody driving through needs to have good 4x4 skills and sufficient supplies. It is advised to travel in convoy with another vehicle and to rent a satellite phone in Windhoek. Always make sure you drink plenty of water and take some dehydration sachets with you as the area is dry and hot.

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

Due to their unpredictable nature, you should always exercise caution when viewing wild animals. Listening to your guide at all times will keep you safe. If you require additional info, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions, below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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