Malaria & Safety – Kasanka 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 is rare in Zambia, and almost unheard of in the parks.

There are long distances between the parks, and the condition of the roads is overall quite bad. Zambia has therefore evolved as a fly-around country. People usually fly between the parks, which is obviously a very safe way to travel as you will be picked up at the airstrip and transported to your lodge.

Self-drive visitors to Kasanka should ideally have some bush-driving experience and should seek out advice regarding road conditions before setting out.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Make sure you book a doctor’s appointment before your trip, to organize the appropriate vaccinations that you may require. Kasanka is in a malaria area, so you should take some precautions. In the evening cover up exposed skin and apply mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Most importantly, you should take antimalarials. Please consult your travel clinic or doctor to find out which antimalarial medications are available and are the most effective in the area you are visiting.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe. Taking the advice given by your guide is the best way to keep safe from wild animals. It is also vital to listen to the safety briefing given at the lodge upon check-in. Please take note of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below too.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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