​Malaria & Safety – Maputo 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 Mozambique.

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.


In our opinion traveling to and within Maputo National Park can be considered safe, especially when on a guided tour. Many people drive themselves to the reserve. The sandy roads require a 4x4 vehicle and some experience in 4x4 driving is recommended.

When traveling independently in Mozambique, normal safety precautions should be taken in cities such as Maputo. More information is in the ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ link below.

For current information about safety in Mozambique, please check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Mozambique’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Maputo NP lies in a malaria zone. Recommended protections are antimalarial medication and mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). It also helps to cover up in the evening – wear long trousers, sleeves and closed shoes. The risk of malaria is most acute from November to April.

See your local doctor or travel clinic for advice on recommended vaccinations for Mozambique.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe as long as you listen to your guide’s instructions and follow the rules of the park. Incidents are very rare. There is more information in the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ link below.

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