​Malaria & Safety – Nyungwe 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 parks in Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is a very safe destination in our opinion. All hikes and activities are guided by well-trained rangers. Indeed, the biggest danger you’re likely to face at Nyungwe is a slippery hiking trail – appropriate footwear is a must.

For up-to-date information about safety in Nyungwe, and Rwanda in general, please check the government travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Rwanda’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

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

Wildlife Viewing

We consider chimp trekking to be very safe. Listen carefully to the safety briefing before heading out and always follow your guide’s instructions while you’re with the chimps. And always try to maintain the recommended distance from the chimps. For more information, check the ‘Chimp Trekking Safety Precautions' link below.

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