​Malaria & Safety – Ngorongoro Crater

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.


The Ngorongoro Crater is a very safe destination in our opinion. Crime is very rare in Tanzania’s parks and reserves. There is some crime in the cities, so normal safety precautions need to be taken when visiting urban centers, such as Arusha town, the gateway of the Northern safari circuit. Although crime-related issues for visitors are extremely rare, you should read ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is important to take precautions against malaria. A DEET-based mosquito repellent (which is the most effective) and antimalarial medicine are recommended. It also helps to cover up exposed skin in the evening. Before you travel, seek advice from a doctor regarding appropriate vaccinations.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe as long as you follow the instructions of your tour guide and adhere to the rules of the park. Also, take note of our ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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