​Malaria & Safety – Waterberg Plateau

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert


In our opinion, wildlife viewing in Waterberg Plateau Park is very safe. Your guide will be responsible for your safety in the park (self-drive is not permitted).

Current information about traveling in Namibia, can be found in the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Namibia’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

A visit to your doctor is in order if making a trip to Namibia. They will be able to provide you with much needed information regarding malaria, as well as administer recommended vaccinations. Waterberg Plateau Park is a low risk malaria area, but care needs to be taken during the Wet season from November to April. Anti-malaria medication is advised, as is mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and covering up in the evening.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe in the park as long as you listen carefully to the instructions given by your guide. Also take note of the park’s regulations.

Additional advice is available in the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' link below.

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