Malaria & Safety – Mana Pools NP


Mana Pools is a safe destination for an organized safari in our opinion. Most of the people you will meet are fellow tourists or staff employed by the park, lodges, and tour operators.

Self-Drive Safaris

When visiting Mana Pools on a self-drive safari, certain safety measures should be taken before venturing into such a remote and secluded place. The possibility of traveling with an organized convoy of more than one vehicle would be best. If that option isn’t available, you should bring decent directions, a map and/or a working GPS unit.

Always be aware that you may have to spend a night in the wilderness should a breakdown occur or you get stuck in the mud. Take plenty of food and water with you and at least two spare tires, a good jack, tow ropes and shovels.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Protection against malaria is a must. Wear mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET, and take the recommended antimalarial medications. It’s a good idea to wear long sleeves in the evening too. There are vaccines to get before your trip to Mana Pools and Zimbabwe, make sure that you do this before you travel.

Wildlife Viewing

Mana Pools is a great destination for walking and canoeing safaris, and Zimbabwean guides are some of the best trained on the continent for this. Your guide’s advice will protect you from most risks that come with wildlife viewing. Make sure to listen to the instructions of your guide, and you should be fine. Mana Pools is the only Big Five park in Africa where tourists are allowed to walk around by themselves. However, it is not recommended to do so, and it would be extremely dangerous if you did. Also, take note of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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