Malaria & Safety – Nyungwe Forest NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Safety

Like most game reserves and parks in Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest NP is very safe in our opinion. It is illegal to walk on your own in the park and all hikes and activities are guided by the well-trained rangers. Indeed, the biggest danger you’re likely to face at Nyungwe is a slippery hiking trail – appropriate footwear is a must.

Malaria & Vaccinations

The risk of contracting malaria in Nyungwe Forest is very low due to the altitude of the park, but if you are travelling in other parts of the country precautions against malaria as well as certain other vaccinations are advised. Protection against malaria includes taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET. Consult your local travel doctor or healthcare professional for more advice.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife can be unpredictable, so there is always some risk when viewing animals in their habitat. However, the risks are easily avoided by following your guide’s directions and being aware of the wildlife viewing safety precautions below.

Want to Visit Nyungwe Forest NP?