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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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In our opinion, visiting Golden Gate Highlands National Park is very safe. All South Africa’s parks and reserves are virtually crime free. As is the case all over the world, crime issues tend to be in cities. Normal precautions should be taken when visiting urban centers on a self-drive safari (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below).
Malaria-Free & Vaccinations
There is no malaria in the park, so antimalarials aren’t’ necessary if you're not traveling to other parts of the country where malaria is a risk. Several vaccinations are required, before visiting South Africa. Contact your travel clinic for details.
There is no dangerous wildlife in Golden Gate Highlands. The park’s main attraction is its spectacular scenery. The game drive circuit is small but there are several hiking trails to explore. Always bring plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: