Malaria & Safety – South Luangwa NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Safety

Most people come to visit the national parks, which are all very safe destinations, including South Luangwa National Park.

Zambia is mostly a fly-around country where people fly from park to park. This is an extremely safe way to travel as you will be picked up at the airstrip and taken to your lodge by experienced guides.

Self-drive visitors should ideally have some years of experience in off-road driving and should seek advice on the road conditions before setting out. In general, distances between parks are long, and the condition of the roads can be very bad.

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 (with at least 30% DEET).

Wildlife Viewing

You’ll be safe while watching the park’s animals as long you do what your guide tells you to. This is particularly important if you go on a walking safari. Also, most lodges are unfenced, so listen carefully to the safety briefing given at your accommodation when you check in. And please note the ‘wildlife viewing safety precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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