Malaria & Safety – Selinda

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.

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Botswana has very few crime issues and is safe to visit, in our opinion. Selinda Concession, as with all protected areas in the country, is no exception. However, it is always prudent to lock up your valuables wherever you are staying.

Selinda Concession is always visited on a fly-in safari. Flying around from lodge to lodge is a safe and efficient way to get around.

Malaria & Vaccinations

There are no major health concerns in Botswana, especially for people on safari, but you should seek advice on which vaccinations are necessary (consult your local doctor or travel clinic). Selinda Concession lies in a high-risk malaria zone, so we recommend that all visitors take antimalarial medication. Other sensible precautions are using insect repellent, with at least 30% DEET, and covering up in the evening. The risk of malaria is greatest in the Wet season.

Wildlife Viewing

Always use your common sense when wildlife watching. The animals are wild after all, meaning their behavior can be unpredictable. Your lodge will probably have a safety briefing so take any warnings seriously. Your guide is in the best position to provide advice, so follow their instructions on activities such as game drives and walks.

For more information, please read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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