Malaria & Safety – Serengeti 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.


As with most parks and reserves, it is very safe to travel to and around the Serengeti in our opinion. Basically, the people you’ll meet are either tourists or staff working for the tour operators, accommodations or park authorities. All these people are there to make sure you’ll have a great trip.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Malaria is a health concern, and you should take measures to protect yourself by applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and by taking antimalarial medication. It’s a good idea to cover up exposed skin in the evening too. Several vaccinations are also advisable when travelling to Tanzania in general and to the Serengeti – seek advice from your local healthcare professional.

Wildlife Viewing

When watching wildlife there are certain safety risks, but you’ll be fine if you listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below. Serious incidents with wildlife are extremely rare on organized safaris.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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