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


There are no self-drive safaris allowed in Waterberg Plateau NP – therefore your guide on organized safaris within the park is responsible for your safety. If you are driving to the Waterberg, note that some access roads substantially deteriorate during the Wet season (November to April).

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 all the vaccinations you must have prior to travel. 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

Self-drive is not allowed, so game drives are conducted by an experienced guide at all times. Always listen carefully to the instructions given by your guide.

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

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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