​Malaria & Safety – Mana Pools NP

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Mana Pools National Park 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’s always worth checking the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Zimbabwe’ link below) for current information about safety in Mana Pools and Zimbabwe in general.

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 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 and canoeing safaris, and Zimbabwean guides are some of the best trained on the continent for this. Mana Pools is the only Big Five park in Africa where visitors 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.

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