​Malaria & Safety – Saadani NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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Travel Alert


Saadani National Park is a very safe destination in our opinion. Crime against travelers in Tanzania’s parks and reserves is virtually nonexistent. If you are driving here, normal safety precautions are relevant in towns and cities where petty theft can happen (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). On an organized tour, your guide will ensure your safety at all times.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Malaria is present in Saadani NP, so some precautions are recommended. Make sure to take antimalarial medication and use a mosquito repellent (repellents with the ingredient DEET are most effective) while you are here. Covering bare skin in the evening is a wise idea. Also, find out from your local doctor about the vaccinations that are required before coming to this part of Africa.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe as long as you pay close attention to the safety instructions given by your guide. Self-drive visitors should familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of the park, and stay within their vehicle apart from in designated areas. In addition to that, be sure to read ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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