Malaria & Safety – Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

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.

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The Zambezi Region (formerly Caprivi Strip) is usually visited on a self-drive safari. The population of Namibia is very small so distances between settlements are very long. Always make sure you fill your petrol tank when you have the chance and take plenty of water. Consider renting a satellite phone in Windhoek. The Zambezi Region is very undeveloped and little visited. The roads are in bad condition in the wet summer months from November to April.

Malaria & Vaccinations

It is recommended to visit a travel clinic before coming to Namibia. Several vaccinations are required and usually administered before your departure. You will also get advice on malaria, depending on your full itinerary and the date of travel. Malaria is a big concern in the Zambezi Region. It is recommended to take anti-malarials. Precautions such as covering up in the evening and applying mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) are a good idea.

Wildlife Viewing

One should always be cautious with wild animals, as their behavior is unpredictable. There is, however, no need for concern as long as you follow the rules of the parks and stay inside your car. If you are on an organized tour, you should always listen carefully to the advice of your guide. For more information, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions', below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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