​Malaria & Safety – South Luangwa NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled 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.

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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 experience in 4x4 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 (those containing DEET are most effective).

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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