Malaria & Safety – Nsumbu 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.

Safety

The parks in Zambia are all very safe destinations, including Nsumbu, which doesn’t receive many visitors due to its remote location.

Flying is the usual way to get between parks in Zambia, due to the distances involved and the conditions of the roads. This is a very safe way of getting around, as visitors are picked up at the airstrip and transported to their lodge.

Only experienced bush drivers should drive independently to Nsumbu. Don’t forget to check road conditions along the route you intend to travel, before starting out.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Vaccinations are usually required before a trip to Zambia. Your travel clinic or local doctor will be able to advise on the correct vaccinations. Nsumbu lies in a malaria area, so there is a risk of contracting the disease. Cover up arms and legs in the evening and apply mosquito repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) as well. Most importantly, you should take antimalarials. Please consult your travel clinic or doctor to find out which antimalarials are available and are most effective in the area you are visiting.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is safe as long as you heed the advice given by your guide. The lakeside lodge is unfenced, and there are hippo as well as crocodile in the lake. It is very important to listen to the safety briefing given at the lodge upon check-in. Please take note of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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