​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.


Namibia is a very safe country to visit in our opinion, and so is Namib-Naukluft National Park. This is especially so on an organized tour. The park is popular with self-drive visitors too and this is also safe as long as you plan your trip carefully. It is important that you stop at every chance to fill your gas tank and bring along plenty of water.

To obtain the most up-to-date information about safety in Namibia, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Namibia’ link below).

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 anti-malarials if you plan on visiting other areas where it may be a concern. Covering up in the evening and applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) is also recommended.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Namib-Naukluft is very safe. There aren’t many dangerous animals in the park. The main concern is snakes and scorpions, but encounters are extremely 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.

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