​Malaria & Safety – Okavango Delta

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Botswana & Namibia guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


The Okavango Delta is safe to visit in our opinion, especially on a guided tour (by road or flights).

As crime is very limited, Botswana is a popular self-drive destination. This is also a safe option, but careful trip planning is essential as the Okavango Delta is very remote.

For up-to-date information about safety in Botswana, we suggest checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Botswana’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Several vaccinations might be required before coming to Botswana; your travel clinic or local doctor will advise on your specific needs. The Okavango Delta lies in a high-risk malaria zone, and it is advisable to take antimalarial medication. Extra safety measures include applying insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evening to cover up any exposed skin.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe. When on an organized safari, always follow the instructions of your guide. When on a self-drive safari, it is essential to stay in your car, with the exception of clearly marked areas where it is okay to get out of your vehicle.

For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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