Malaria & Safety – Lochinvar NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Safety

Most visitors to Zambia come for wildlife watching in the national parks, and these are all very safe and secure destinations, including Lochinvar National Park.

The most common way to see the parks is by air, making short hops between them using charter flights or scheduled services. The condition of the roads and the long distances between parks make driving prohibitive. Flying is a very safe way to travel as visitors are picked up at the airstrip and transported to their lodge.

Self-drive visitors to Lochinvar should ideally have some experience in bush driving and should take advice on the road conditions before beginning their expedition.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date before heading off to Africa and Zambia. Malaria will likely be your biggest health concern. However, you can greatly reduce your chances of contracting malaria by covering up exposed skin in the evening and applying mosquito repellent (with at least 30% DEET). Most importantly, you should take antimalarial medication. Please consult your travel clinic or doctor to find out which antimalarials are best for the area that you are visiting.

Wildlife Viewing

Unguided walking is allowed in Lochinvar. This is highly productive for bird watching, which is one of the main attractions of the park. There are very few dangerous animals in Lochinvar, except for buffalo. Densities are low, but you should be extremely careful, as buffalo can be very dangerous. It is recommended not to venture too far from your car, and only get out of the car in open areas.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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