​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.


A trip to Serengeti National Park is very safe in our opinion. Crime within Tanzania’s parks and reserves is rare, and your guide will help to keep you safe. Check the travel advisories for the most up-to-date information about traveling in the Serengeti and Tanzania (see ‘Staying Safe – Tanzania’ below).

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 health-care 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 the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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