Malaria & Safety – Kidepo Valley NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

Safety

In our opinion, Kidepo Valley NP can be considered safe to visit. As with most other parks in Uganda, you will rarely come across anyone who isn’t a tourist or employed by tour operators, camps and parks.

Karamoja Region

The park is located in the Karamoja region in northeastern Uganda. This part of the country has been volatile in the past but is now locally considered safe. However, some countries have issued travel warnings for the region in the past and haven’t changed them – with the exception of the national park – despite the situation improving. Before driving, it is recommended to get local advice about the safety situation en route to the park, and if there are any concerns, there’s always the option of a domestic or chartered flight.

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is important to guard against malaria. You can limit that risk greatly by using mosquito repellent, covering up in the evening and by taking antimalarial medication. Mosquito repellents should contain at least 30% DEET.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing comes with certain risks but can be considered safe as long as you follow your guide’s instructions. Do be aware of the small groups of ‘retired generals’ (older buffalo kicked out of their herd) if on a walking safari. They can be very aggressive – your guide should give them a wide berth. Please also take note of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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