Malaria & Safety – Kwando

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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In our opinion, Botswana is a very safe country to visit. Kwando Concession is particularly safe, as there are virtually no crime issues within parks, reserves or concessions.

Kwando Concession is usually visited on a fly-in safari. Flying around from lodge to lodge is a safe way to travel. Theft from a room can occur; however, simple precautions such as locking your valuables away in a safe or suitcase should suffice.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Seek advice from your local doctor or travel clinic regarding appropriate vaccinations necessary for visiting Botswana. There are no big health concerns in the country, especially for people on safari. It is advisable to take antimalarials as Kwando Concession lies in a high-risk malaria zone. Extra safety precautions recommended are using insect repellent with at least 30% DEET and covering up arms and legs in the evening. The malaria risk is worse in the rainy season.

Wildlife Viewing

Visitors should always be extremely cautious when on safari, as wild animals are unpredictable. Your guide on an organized safari will give a briefing on the safety precautions to be taken on activities, such as game drives and walks. Most importantly, use common sense and follow any instructions carefully.

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

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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