Malaria & Safety – Maputo SR

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.

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In our opinion traveling to and within Maputo Special Reserve can be considered safe.

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 taking in cities, such as Maputo. More information is in ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Maputo SR lies in a malaria zone and precautions against malaria are advised. 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.

See your local doctor or travel clinic for advice on other 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 ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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