Malaria & Safety – Niassa NR

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

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

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

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Niassa National Reserve is generally safe to visit. It is, however, very remote. Unless you have a lot of experience in this kind of travel, it would be best to go with two vehicles.

If you are travelling under your own steam around Mozambique, you should keep in mind that, as with many urban areas in the world, petty crime is a problem in cities and larger towns. More information is in ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Niassa Reserve lies in a malaria zone so taking precautions against malaria is advised. Taking antimalarial medication and applying mosquito repellent, containing DEET, is advised. It’s commonsense as well to cover up in the evening by wearing long trousers, sleeves and closed shoes.

You should also consult your local doctor or travel clinic to ensure you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations before departing for Mozambique.

Wildlife Viewing

As long as you follow the rules of the reserve and keep a respectful distance from animals, wildlife viewing is very safe. It is essential to stay in your car, aside from designated areas where you may alight from your vehicle.

For more information, read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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