Malaria & Safety – Tsau //Khaeb NP (Sperrgebiet)

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.

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Lüderitz town is a popular stop for self-drive travelers and the park can easily be accessed from there. Most places in Tsau //Khaeb (formerly Sperrgebiet NP) can only be visited through a local tour operator who will be responsible for your safety. If you are driving to the park remember that there are long distances between towns. Always make sure you fill up your petrol tank when you have the chance and take plenty of water.

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

You will need to have several vaccinations prior to your trip, so you should visit your local travel clinic. Tsau //Khaeb NP is a malaria-free zone, but if you are visiting other destinations in the country where malaria is a concern, like Etosha NP, antimalarials will be necessary. It is also important to cover up with long sleeved clothing and bring mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective).

Wildlife Viewing

There aren’t many dangerous animals in the park. The main concern is snakes and scorpions, but encounters are very rare. It is recommended to wear closed shoes and not to walk around barefoot. If you are on an organized tour, you should always listen carefully to the advice of your guide. For further instructions, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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