Malaria & Safety – Serengeti NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
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 Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

A trip to the Serengeti is very safe in our opinion. Crime within Tanzania's parks and reserves is very rare. You'll always need to take normal safety precautions (as you would anywhere) in cities and towns as this is where incidents like petty theft can happen. Read 'Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions' below for more information. However, you'll be shielded from any safety issues when on an organized tour by following the instructions of your expert guide.

Malaria & Vaccinations

As malaria is present in the Serengeti, you should take measures to protect yourself. Apply DEET-based mosquito repellent (these formulations are the most effective) and take antimalarial medication. It's a good idea to cover up exposed skin in the evening too. Several vaccinations are also advisable when traveling to Tanzania – seek advice from your local healthcare professional.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is generally very safe, especially on an organized safari. Always listen to the directions given by your guide. Take note of the rules of the park, and if you're on a self-drive safari, always stay in your vehicle unless you are in a designated area. For further tips, read 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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