​Malaria & Safety – South Luangwa NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.


Zambia’s national parks, including South Luangwa, are very safe to visit in our opinion. Especially if you’re on an organized tour. Your guide will always keep you safe. We recommend you obtain the most up-to-date safety information about traveling in South Luangwa and Zambia in general by checking the relevant travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Zambia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Make an appointment with your travel clinic or doctor to find out which vaccinations you need before visiting Zambia. South Luangwa is in an area affected by malaria, so you need to talk to the clinic/doctor about antimalarials too. And plan on wearing long clothes in the evening and using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

As long as you listen to your guide’s instructions, wildlife viewing is very safe. Also take note of the park’s rules, especially when traveling independently. As most lodges are unfenced, you’ll be given a safety briefing at check-in to ensure your safety while in camp. For further tips, please note the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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