​Malaria & Safety – Hlane Royal NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

Safety

In our opinion, Swaziland (eSwatini) as a country, and Hlane Royal National Park in particular, are very safe travel destinations. Especially so when on an organized tour. There is however some petty crime in cities (as is the case all over the world), so some precautions need to be taken when visiting urban areas. For more information, see ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

For current information about safety in Swaziland, it is worth checking the travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security – Swaziland’ link below).

Malaria & Vaccinations

Hlane Royal National Park lies in a malaria zone. From October to April malaria is a health concern and you should take measures to protect yourself by wearing appropriate clothing and applying mosquito repellent (containing at least 30% DEET). Seek medical advice on antimalarial medication options. Several vaccinations are also recommended when travelling to Swaziland; consult your local doctor.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Hlane Royal NP is very safe as long as you listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the park’s rules and regulations. Also check the ‘Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions’ link below.

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