Malaria & Safety – Volcanoes NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Safety

Like most game reserves and parks in Rwanda, Volcanoes NP is very safe in our opinion. It is illegal to enter the park on your own, and the well-trained rangers guide all hikes and activities.

Malaria & Vaccinations

The risk of contracting malaria in Volcanoes NP is very low due to the altitude of the park. However, if you are traveling in other parts of the country, precautions against malaria, as well as other vaccinations as advised by your local doctor, are recommended. Protection against malaria includes taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET. The best defense against mosquitos remains covering up bare skin in the evening, so as to avoid getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

Some risk is present when viewing wildlife but using common sense and paying attention to your guide’s directions will keep you safe. Also, check out the wildlife viewing safety precautions below.

For more advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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