​Malaria & Safety – Nkasa Rupara NP (Mamili)

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.


Nkasa Rupara National Park (formerly Mamili NP) is safe to visit in our opinion, especially on an organized safari. Only experienced 4x4 drivers should consider going here independently. Self-drive visitors need a fully-equipped 4x4 vehicle and travel should ideally be in convoys of two or more. The roads are bad throughout the year and virtually impassable in the wet summer months, from November to April, when the park can become flooded. Consider renting a satellite phone in Windhoek.

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

Malaria & Vaccinations

A visit to your travel doctor is required to prepare you for a trip to Namibia. Several vaccines are recommended prior to departure. Depending on your dates of travel, malaria could be a concern. Malaria prevention includes taking anti-malaria medication, covering up in the evening and using a mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe as long as you listen to your guide’s instructions. Self-drive visitors should take note of the park’s rules and regulations. You can read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’, below, for more information.

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