​Malaria & Safety – Moremi GR

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

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.


Botswana has very little crime. In our opinion, Moremi Game Reserve is safe to visit, especially when on an organized tour. Self-drive visitors should plan their trip carefully and bring a lot of water, food supplies and fuel.

For up-to-date information about traveling in Moremi and Botswana in general, you can check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security –Botswana’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your travel clinic will provide you with advice and recommendations on which vaccinations are considered necessary for a Botswana safari. Moremi Game Reserve lies in a high-risk malaria zone, so all visitors are strongly recommended to take antimalarials. Basic precautions include using insect repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) and wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evening when mosquitoes are active. The risk of malaria in Botswana is highest in the rainy season.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Moremi Game Reserve is generally very safe. When on an organized safari, your guide will give you safety instructions. When on a self-drive safari, you need to take note of the reserve’s rules and regulations. It is essential to stay in your car – except in areas that are clearly designated for leaving your vehicle.

For more information, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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