​Malaria & Safety – Lower Zambezi NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled 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.

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Lower Zambezi National Park is, in our opinion, a very safe place for visitors. Crime really isn’t an issue although basic safety precautions, that you would use anywhere, still apply (such as not leaving valuables lying around).

Due to the bad roads and long distances, Zambia is primarily a fly-around safari destination. Visitors usually fly from park to park, and this is a very safe form of travel.

Self-drive to Lower Zambezi is also possible. However, drivers should ideally have some experience in bush driving and take advice on road conditions before heading out.

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

Canoeing on the Zambezi River is one of the great activities offered in Lower Zambezi National Park. Experienced guides take care of you on the river and accidents are rare. When undertaking this and other activities, it’s crucial to listen to your guide and follow instructions carefully.

Most of the lodges are unfenced, and there are often elephants and other wildlife around, which is a great attraction of going on safari in Zambia. The safety briefing you receive when you arrive at your lodge will advise of any necessary safety precautions. Please take note of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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