Malaria & Safety – Lengwe NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

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

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

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

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

Safety

Like most game reserves and parks in Malawi, Lengwe NP is safe in our opinion. Nyala Lodge, the only accommodation in the park, offers a range of activities conducted by their own experienced guides who will take care of your safety.

If you are travelling independently around Malawi, you should exercise caution in the cities and towns between parks. More information is in Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Lengwe NP lies in a malaria zone and precautions against malaria are advised, as are certain vaccinations. Protection against malaria includes taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET. It is also advised to cover up in the evening by wearing long trousers, sleeves and closed shoes.

Spraying your room every evening before bedtime is a good idea if you aren’t sleeping under a mosquito net. The risk of malaria is worse in the Wet season, from November to April.

Wildlife Viewing

Risks are always present when viewing wildlife, but can easily be avoided by following your guide’s directions and being aware of the precautions listed below.

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