Malaria & Safety – Vwaza Marsh WR

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 Malawi.

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

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

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

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

Like most game reserves and parks in Malawi, Vwaza Marsh WR is safe in our opinion. If you are on an organized tour, your driver-guide will look after your safety in the park. A self-drive safari in Vwaza Marsh is a viable option for those with some experience.

If you are travelling independently around Malawi, have a read of Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

You should check with a travel clinic or your local doctor regarding appropriate vaccinations. Vwaza Marsh WR lies in a malaria zone and precautions against malaria are advised. Protection includes antimalarial medication and using mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET. Covering up in the evening is recommended – try to minimize the amount of skin exposed to mosquitoes. The risk of malaria is at its highest in the Wet season, from November to April.

Wildlife Viewing

Wild animals are unpredictable, so sensible precautions should always be taken. The best precaution is to use common sense, and to listen to, and follow, your guide’s directions. Also, read the Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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