Malaria & Safety – Matusadona NP


In our opinion, an organized safari to Matusadona National Park can be considered safe. Most of the people you come across will be other tourists or employees working for accommodations, tour operators and the park itself.

Self-Drive Safaris

Matusadona is really off-the-beaten track and in a very remote area. If you are visiting the park on a self-drive safari, certain preparations should be taken. If you can, try to drive in a convoy with other tourists. If this isn’t an option, arm yourself with a proven map, GPS, and good directions. Be prepared for a potential breakdown or being stuck on the road as you may have to stay overnight in the bush. Bring food and water as well as a spare set of tires, a shovel, a jack and tow cables.

Malaria & Vaccinations

You should guard against the potential for catching malaria. Wear a repellent consisting of at least 30% DEET, cover exposed skin in the evening and take the recommended antimalarial medication. There are multiple vaccinations required before your travels as well, consult your local doctor or travel clinic.

Wildlife Viewing

Matusadona is a prime destination for walking and canoeing safaris, and Zimbabwean guides are some of the most highly skilled on the continent for this. The best protection against risks involving wildlife viewing is to follow the advice of your guide. Also, take note of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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