Is Namibia malaria free?

No Namibia is not malaria free however, no need to panic! The good news is that Namibia is mostly a dry country and only in the very north, during and just after the rainy season, is there a possibility of contracting malaria, when you are most likely to experience mosquitos (November through to June). Looking at a map, roughly Latitude 19°, the southern border of Etosha, would be the limit, everywhere south is not really of concern. This means that if you are looking to include Etosha National Park, areas of Kaokoland up towards the Angolan border and east along the Caprivi you’d best look to take a prophylaxis and we also always recommend consulting your local doctor. Having said that, it is important to note that only the Anopheles mosquito (specifically the female)can carry the virus and that it is usually only a real concern after a heavy rain season, which would result in stagnant water to draw the mosquitos to the areas in the first place. The great news is that the dry season is also the best time for game viewing and during these months malaria is not really a concern.

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