​Malaria & Safety – Lower Zambezi NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.


Lower Zambezi National Park is, in our opinion, a very safe place for visitors. Crime within Zambia’s parks and reserves is almost unheard of, especially when on an organized tour. To obtain the most up-to-date safety information about traveling in Lower Zambezi and Zambia in general, we recommend checking the relevant travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Zambia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Before going to Zambia, it is advisable to see a doctor regarding appropriate vaccinations. Zambia lies in a malaria area, and this includes Lower Zambezi. It is recommended to cover up in the evening and to apply mosquito repellent (containing DEET). Antimalarial medication is recommended too – please consult your travel clinic or doctor.

Wildlife Viewing

As long as you follow your guide’s instructions, wildlife viewing is very safe. Incidents involving wild animals are very rare. Most of the lodges are unfenced, but the safety briefing you receive when you arrive at your lodge will advise you of any necessary safety precautions. Please take note of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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