​Malaria & Safety – Mana Pools NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

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

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

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


Mana Pools National Park is a safe destination, in our opinion, especially if you’re on an organized safari. Mana Pools can also be visited on a self-drive safari. However, the park is remote and some 4x4 driving experience is recommended. It’s always worth checking the government travel advisories (see the ‘Governments’ Travel Advice for Zimbabwe’ link below) for current information about safety in Mana Pools and Zimbabwe in general.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Protection against malaria is a must at Mana Pools. Wear mosquito repellent containing DEET and take the recommended antimalarial medications. It’s a good idea to wear long trousers and closed shoes in the evening too. Check with your doctor or travel clinic which vaccinations are recommended before your trip.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Mana Pools is safe as long as you listen to your guide’s instructions. Mana Pools is a great destination for walking safaris and canoeing safaris, and Zimbabwean guides are some of the best trained on the continent for this. Mana Pools is one of the only parks in Africa where visitors are allowed to walk around unguided in areas frequented by large numbers of elephant, buffalo, lion and other potentially dangerous wildlife. Unless you have a lot of experience, however, this is not recommended. Also, take note of the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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