Malaria & Safety – Liwonde 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

Liwonde NP is safe in our opinion. All the lodges in the park offer a range of activities conducted by experienced guides who are used to taking good care of visitors. Self-drive safaris in Liwonde are a viable option for visitors with some bush experience.

If you are travelling independently around Malawi, exercise caution in cities and towns. See more information below in Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Liwonde NP lies in a malaria zone, so precautions against malaria are necessary (as are certain other vaccinations). Protection against malaria includes antimalarial medication and applying mosquito repellent that contains at least 30% DEET. It’s a good idea to cover up in the evening too, ensuring minimal exposed skin.

If you aren’t sleeping under a mosquito net, then spraying the room every evening before bedtime is a good idea. The Wet season (November to April) has a greater threat of malaria.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife can be dangerous and unpredictable. Although risks are always present when viewing wildlife, they can easily be reduced by following your guide’s directions, using common sense and being aware of the Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions below.

More advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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