Malaria & Safety – Mana Pools NP

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Mana Pools is, in our opinion, a safe destination, 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 would be ideal to travel in convoy with another vehicle.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Protection against malaria is a must. Wear mosquito repellent containing 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. Mana Pools is the only Big Five park in Africa where tourists are allowed to walk around unguided. Unless you have a lot of experience, it is not recommended to do so, and it would be 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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