​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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


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. 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.

It is always worth checking the current travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Botswana’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

There are no major health concerns in Botswana, especially for people on safari, but you should seek advice on which vaccinations are recommended (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

Wildlife viewing in Selinda Concession is very safe if you follow your guide’s instructions on activities such as game drives and walks. Also take note of any general advice given during the lodge’s safety briefing at check-in.

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

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