Malaria & Safety – Mosi-oa-Tunya NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

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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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