Malaria & Safety – North Luangwa NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

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

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

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

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

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Travel Alert

Safety

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

North Luangwa is seldom visited as a self-drive destination. When flying in, you’ll be picked up at the airstrip and driven to your lodge. You’ll be taken care of and very safe.

The park is very remote, and there are very few facilities. Only people with a lot of 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. Malaria is present in North Luangwa, so precautions need to be taken. These include covering up in the evening and applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective). Antimalarial medication is also recommended. Please check with your doctor which antimalarials are available and most effective.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe. Walking safaris are the specialty in North Luangwa and you’ll be fine as long as you listen to your guide and stay close together in a group. Also 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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