Malaria & Safety – Selous GR

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.


Travel to and around Selous Game Reserve is considered safe in our view. During your travel, you will mostly meet people who work for tour operators, accommodations and the park. All other people will likely be tourists. Crime against tourists anywhere outside major urban centers in Tanzania is very uncommon.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Be aware that malaria is a health concern in Tanzania. You should protect yourself by wearing clothing with long sleeves in the dawn and evening hours. Also, apply a mosquito repellent that contains at least 30% DEET and take antimalarial medicine. Several vaccinations are recommended as well and can be administered by your local travel clinic or doctor.

Wildlife Viewing

Following the instructions of your expert guide, and using your commonsense, will prevent most risks while watching wildlife. Serious incidents on organized safaris are very rare. Also, be advised of the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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