Malaria & Safety – Khutse GR

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


Botswana has very little crime. The country in our opinion is safe to visit, especially the parks and reserves.

Due to its wildlife, natural beauty and safety record, Botswana is a popular self-drive destination. Urban areas should always be treated with caution though, because as a tourist you may be the target of petty crime. Khutse is quite remote, and good planning is essential – bring a lot of water, food and plenty of fuel for emergency situations.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your local doctor or travel clinic will provide advice on necessary vaccinations for visiting Botswana. There are no big health concerns in the country, especially for people on safari. Khutse lies in a no-risk malaria zone, but if you are visiting other parts of the country, particularly in the north, you should consider taking antimalarials.

Wildlife Viewing

Wild animals are unpredictable, and even though serious incidents are rare, visitors should always show caution.

When doing an activity, such as a walking safari or game drive, you should always listen to the instructions of the guide. When on a self-drive safari you should stay inside your vehicle, unless in an area designated for getting out.

For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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