​Malaria & Safety – Northern Tuli GR

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.


In our opinion, Botswana, and especially the wildlife parks and reserves (such as Northern Tuli Game Reserve), are safe to visit.

Most visitors to Northern Tuli are on a fly-in or self-drive safari. Flying around from lodge to lodge is very safe. Self-drive is a safe option too; visitors coming from Gaborone or Johannesburg must ensure they have plenty of fuel and water, but the road is quite good.

For the most up-to-date information about safety in Botswana and Northern Tuli specifically, please check the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Botswana’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

There are no serious health concerns in Botswana, especially for people on safari. Several vaccinations are recommended before visiting Botswana, but Northern Tuli Game Reserve is in a no-risk malaria zone. However, if you are visiting other areas in southern Africa, malaria might be a concern, so you should check if taking antimalarials is recommended.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Northern Tuli is very safe as long as you listen to the instructions given by your guide during activities such as walks or game drives. Every lodge has a safety briefing at check-in, and it is essential to take any advice seriously. For more information, please read the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

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