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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


Nkasa Rupara National Park (formerly Mamili NP) is seldom visited. A fully-equipped 4x4 vehicle is necessary to make the trip and travel should ideally be in convoys of two or more. Only experienced 4x4 drivers should consider going here. 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.

Malaria & Vaccinations

A visit to your travel doctor is required to prepare you for a trip to Namibia. The administration of several vaccines is required 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

Wild animal behavior is often unpredictable, but dangers can be avoided by following the rules of the park. If taking an organized tour, your guide will have the best advice to follow while observing wildlife. You can read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’, below, for more information.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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