Malaria & Safety – Kasanka NP
Crime against tourists is rare in Zambia, and almost unheard of in the parks, where the majority of visitors spend their time.
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 take safety precautions. In the evening cover up exposed skin and apply mosquito repellent (that has at least 30% DEET). 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.
Taking the advice given by your guide and obeying his instructions is the best way to keep safe from wild animals. It is vital to listen to the safety briefing, most likely 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:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- Zambia: Safety
- Zambia: Vaccinations & Malaria