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 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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

As is the case with most parks and reserves in South Africa, Balule Nature Reserve is very safe to visit in our opinion. 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 visitors have a great holiday without any incidents.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Although the risk is slight and generally only occurs during the hot summer months (October-April), malaria is present in Balule. The best way to protect yourself is to use mosquito repellent containing DEET and to take antimalarials. There are several recommended vaccinations for those traveling to South Africa. Consult your travel clinic for more details.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is always very safe as long as you listen carefully to the instructions given by your guide. Also, take notice of the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below. Incidents with wild animals are almost unheard of.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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