Malaria & Safety – Namib-Naukluft NP

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.


Be aware that Namib-Naukluft is one of the largest parks in Africa. If you are exploring the park independently, you will be driving long distances between opportunities for food and fuel. It is important that you stop at every chance to fill your gas tank and bring along plenty of water. You should consider renting a satellite phone in Windhoek in case of emergency. And remember that even though wildlife is not a feature of the park, it does exist – keep an eye out for animals wandering on the roads, especially early and late in the day. This is serious desert country and you should take precautions against dehydration and exposure to the sun.

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

There are several vaccinations required before travel to Namibia. A visit to your local travel clinic is advised for this, as well as preparations in protecting against malaria. Namib-Naukluft NP is a malaria-free zone however you will need treatment if you plan on visiting other areas where it may be a concern. When visiting malaria zones it is recommended to take anti-malarials, cover up in the evening and apply mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET.

Wildlife Viewing

Exercising caution around wild animals is always advised as their behavior is unpredictable. There aren’t many dangerous animals in the park. The main concern is snakes and scorpions, but encounters are very rare. It is recommended to wear closed shoes and not to walk around barefoot in camp at night. If you are on an organized tour, you should always listen carefully to the advice of your guide. For more information about safety and wildlife viewing in general, please read the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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