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.

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Safety

Volcanoes National Park is very safe in our opinion. The well-trained rangers will take care of your safety during all activities including gorilla trekking and volcano hikes. As the activities can be strenuous and you might be out for many hours, always wear good hiking shoes and take a rainproof jacket, sunscreen and plenty of water along as well.

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 DEET. The best defense against mosquitos remains covering up bare skin in the evening, so as to avoid getting bitten.

Wildlife Viewing

Gorilla Trekking is very safe. You’ll visit an habituated family and incidents with these gentle giants are almost unheard of. You’ll get an extensive general briefing before heading of and your ranger guide will give further instructions to keep you safe while you’re with the gorillas. Also take note of the ‘Gorilla Trekking Safety Precautions' below.

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