Malaria & Safety – Mahale Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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Travel to and within Mahale Mountains National Park is very safe in our opinion. Mahale Mountains is a very remote park and you'll most likely get here by plane and private boat on an organized safari. This makes the destination particularly safe. Your guide will ensure your safety while on safari at all times.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations are recommended – your local doctor or travel clinic can provide you with advice. Malaria is present in the park and protecting yourself against it is recommended. This is best done through antimalarial medication, using a mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up exposed skin in the evening.

Primate Trekking

Chimp trekking is very safe. In general, the chimpanzees don't pay any attention to humans and you can watch them go about their daily activities with little fuss. To ensure your safety, you'll get a briefing before your chimp trek. You should pay attention to any directions from your guide while you're with the chimps too. Also take note of 'Chimp Trekking Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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