Malaria & Safety – North Luangwa NP

Alan Murphy
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including a guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.


The national parks are the primary attraction of Zambia, and all are considered safe destinations to visit, including North Luangwa National Park.

Most visitors to Zambia fly from park to park because of the conditions of the roads, and the long distances involved. As you will be picked up at the airstrip and driven to your lodge, this is obviously an extremely safe way to get around.

North Luangwa is seldom visited as a self-drive destination. It has only recently opened part of the park for self-drive visitors. The park is very remote, and there are very few facilities. Only people with a lot of bush experience should even consider driving here independently. It is recommended to seek advice on road conditions before heading off.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Your local doctor or travel clinic is in the best position to advise you of appropriate vaccinations before your trip to Zambia. As in the rest of Zambia, malaria is present in North Luangwa, so precautions need to be taken. These include covering up in the evening and applying mosquito repellent (that contains at least 30% DEET). Antimalarial medication is also recommended. Please check with your doctor who can advise which antimalarials are available and most effective for North Luangwa and other areas you may be visiting.

Wildlife Viewing

Heeding the advice provided by your guide is important when wildlife watching. Although serious incidents involving wildlife are very rare, the animals are wild and can be unpredictable. This is especially so on a walking safari, which is the specialty in North Luangwa. All the lodges are unfenced, and it is crucial to listen to the safety briefing provided by your lodge. Please take note of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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