​Malaria & Safety – Skeleton Coast NP

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.


Skeleton Coast National Park is very safe to visit in our opinion. It is however very remote and in-depth exploration of the park is not recommended for inexperienced self-drive visitors. Driving in convoy of at least two fully-equipped 4x4 vehicles is recommended and an excess of water and fuel should always be carried. A satellite phone can be rented in Windhoek and is a good backup for remote areas.

For current information about traveling Namibia, it is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Namibia’ link below).

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

Skeleton Coast NP is a malaria-free zone, but if you are visiting other destinations in the country where malaria poses a threat, it is recommended to take anti-malarials. It is also important to apply mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and wear protective clothing. You should visit your doctor or travel clinic before your trip to get information about necessary vaccinations.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Skeleton Coast NP is very safe. There aren’t many dangerous animals in the park, but the river system sometimes attracts animals from further inland, such as lions and desert elephants. Caution should always be exercised when getting out of your vehicle. If you are on an organized tour, you should make it a practice to always observe the directives given by your guide. For additional information, please consult our ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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