Malaria & Safety – Addo Elephant NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

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Travel Alert

Safety

In our opinion, there are no safety concerns when traveling in Addo Elephant Park. There is some crime in towns and cities, so normal precautions should be taken when visiting urban centers during your trip (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). The vast majority of travelers don’t have any crime-related incidents during their visit.

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

There is no malaria present in Addo, and antimalarials aren’t necessary if you don’t intend to visit those other parts of the country where there is a small risk during the wet summer months. Several vaccinations are advisable before you commence travel to South Africa – contact your healthcare practitioner for details.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe as long as you stick to the park’s rules and follow your guide’s instructions. The elephants in Addo are very relaxed and incidents are almost unheard of. Self-drive visitors should, however, keep their distance at all time and never drive between a herd. More safety recommendations are available by reading ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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