Malaria & Safety – Khaudum NP

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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Khaudum is usually visited on a self-drive safari, but this is not for the fainthearted. It is a requirement of entry that driving safaris in Khaudum consist of two or more vehicles. Tracks are sandy and become muddy after rain and getting stuck is a real possibility.

Ensure your supplies include enough fuel to traverse the park and plenty of water and food. You need to be totally self-sufficient. Consider renting a satellite phone in Windhoek.

Malaria & Vaccinations

You will likely need several vaccinations before traveling to Namibia, so visit your doctor as soon as your travel plans are known. Malaria is a concern in Khaudum NP, especially during the Wet season, from October to April. Anti-malarials are recommended, as well as wearing clothes that cover the skin in the evening and utilizing mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

Wild animals are unpredictable; following the rules of the park and using common sense are the best ways to keep safe. Also, it is important that you don’t leave your vehicle if outside designated ‘safe’ areas. If travelling by organized tour, your guide will be knowledgeable in regards to safety. Listening carefully to your guide’s advice will help keep you safe. In addition, check out the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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