Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
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In our opinion, Botswana, as well as Mokolodi, are safe to visit.
Mokolodi is located on the outskirts of Gaborone. Like most large urban areas, there is crime to watch out for, such as muggings and petty theft. Don’t carry your valuables around with you (keep them locked away in your accommodation). Avoid walking around on your own and take a taxi if in doubt. Driving is fine, but keep your windows and doors locked, and don’t drive around at night.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Your travel clinic or local doctor can give you direction on which vaccinations may be required before a visit to Botswana. There are no major health concerns in Botswana, especially for people on safari. Mokolodi lies in a no-risk malaria zone, but if you are visiting other parts of the country, particularly in the north, then we’d recommend you take antimalarials. The malaria risk is highest during the rainy season.
If you are staying in the reserve, you’ll receive a safety briefing before you check-in. Listen carefully and follow the advice. Wild animals are unpredictable – always use common sense. If you are on a walk or a game drive pay close attention to your guide’s instructions.
For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: