Malaria & Safety – Addo Elephant NP
In our opinion, there are no real safety concerns when traveling in Addo Elephant Park. If you are visiting Addo on a self-drive safari, additional care needs to be taken against carjackings in and around urban areas on your way to/from the park.
Malaria-Free & Vaccinations
Addo is outside the malaria zone, and antimalarials aren’t necessary if you don’t intend to visit 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 and to Addo.
Wildlife viewing always comes with certain safety risks, but you'll be fine if you listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below. On a self-drive safari in Addo, it is important never to lose sight of the fact that the elephants, although very relaxed, are still wild animals and can be extremely dangerous. They are capable of turning over a vehicle. Keep enough distance when elephants are on the road and never try to drive between elephants crossing a road.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:
- Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions
- General Travel Safety Precautions
- Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions
- Safety & Security – South Africa
- Malaria & Vaccinations – South Africa