​Malaria & Safety – Mgahinga Gorilla NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Safety

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is, in our view, a safe and secure park to visit. Crime is very rare in any of the Ugandan parks and reserves and your guide will always keep you safe. To get up-to-date information about general safety in Uganda, please check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Uganda’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is smart to protect yourself from the risk of malaria by taking antimalarial medicine. Additionally, using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening also help. Also seek advice from your local doctor or travel clinic about recommended vaccinations.

Gorilla Trekking

As long as you follow your guide’s directions, gorilla trekking is very safe. Gorillas are often referred to as gentle giants and incidents with visitors are almost unheard of. However, we recommend you take the time to read ‘Gorilla Trekking Safety Precautions' below.

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