Malaria & Safety – Mosi-oa-Tunya NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

Zambia’s national parks are very safe destinations, including Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

Victoria Falls, however, is the biggest tourist attraction in the country and the nearby town of Livingstone sees some petty crime. Read the ‘Cities and Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for some safety tips. It is not recommended to walk between Livingstone and Victoria Falls.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Make an appointment with your travel clinic or doctor about which vaccinations you need before visiting Zambia. Mosi-oa-Tunya lies in a malaria area, and some precautions need to be taken. Cover exposed skin in the evening and apply mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Antimalarial medication is also important. Your travel clinic or local doctor can tell you which antimalarials are most effective.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe as long as you listen to your guide’s instructions carefully.

Most of the lodges on the Zambezi riverfront are unfenced, and it isn’t unusual for elephants and hippos to wander around on the lodge grounds. Pay attention to the safety briefing given at the lodge at check-in. For further information, read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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