Malaria & Safety – Balule NR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

As with most parks and reserves in South Africa, Balule is very safe to visit in our opinion. Most people you come into contact with will be there to make your trip a good one: as employees of your lodgings, your tour operator or the reserve itself. Any other people you meet will most likely be tourists.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is your entry point into the country when visiting Balule. In and around the city crimes and carjackings do occur but the already small risk can be limited by taking simple safety precautions (see links below). The vast majority of visitors have a great trip without any incidents. In fact, the airport is located outside the city center of Johannesburg, so a stay in the city or a drive-through isn't even necessary.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Although the risk is slight and generally only occurs during the damp summer months (October-April), Balule does lie in a malaria zone. That makes malaria a possibility, and it should be guarded against with mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and by taking proper antimalarials. There are several recommended vaccinations for those traveling to South Africa, and that includes Balule.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing always brings certain risks, but in general, you will be fine if you take note of the instructions given to you by your guide and the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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