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 doesn’t have a lot of crime, especially in the wildlife-rich areas frequented by tourists. In our opinion, the country is very safe to visit. It is possible to visit Moremi on a fly-around safari, a guided, mobile safari or a self-drive safari.

Flying around from lodge to lodge is quick, easy and safe. Theft from a room can happen of course, but locking away your valuables should suffice.

Guided mobile safaris are also a very safe option, as you will be looked after by your experienced guide. It is essential to listen to the guide’s instructions.

It is necessary to use common sense in towns, as you would anywhere. Tourists are always a bit more vulnerable because they have a lot of valuables on them (or at least that is the way they are perceived). Moremi Game Reserve is very remote, and it is essential to bring a lot of water, food supplies and fuel for emergencies. It is recommended to inquire about the road conditions before heading off to Moremi.

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 very active. The risk of malaria in Botswana is highest in the rainy season.

Wildlife Viewing

Listen to your guide’s instructions and use common sense when wildlife watching. Wild animals are unpredictable but serious incidents are rare.

When on an organized safari, your guide will always know the best ways of keeping you safe, and when on a self-drive safari, it is essential to stay in your car – except when you come across areas that are clearly designated for leaving your vehicle.

For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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