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.

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If you are driving to 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. This is serious desert country and you should take precautions against dehydration and exposure to the sun.

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

A visit to your local travel clinic is recommended for advice on vaccinations and malaria protection. Namib-Naukluft NP is a malaria-free zone, but you will need medication 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 (those containing DEET are most effective).

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. 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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