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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

In our opinion, Swaziland (eSwatini) as a country, and Hlane in particular, are very safe travel destinations. We therefore encourage you to form your own opinion by consulting various resources. Your government's travel advice for Swaziland would be a good place to start. Petty crime in cities is quite common, so extra precaution needs to be taken when visiting urban areas. Walking around Mbabane and Manzini at night is not recommended.

Johannesburg

When visiting Hlane, you’ll probably travel through South Africa, and Johannesburg will most likely be your point of entry. Crime and carjacking is a concern in and around the city. However, taking sensible safety precautions (see links below) will result in a great trip without any problems for the vast majority of people. Also, since the airport is located outside of Johannesburg, it isn’t necessary to stay in, or even drive through, the city when travelling to/from Swaziland.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Hlane Royal National Park lies in a malaria zone, but the risk is in the wet summer months. 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 always carries a degree of safety risk, given the nature of animals. You’ll be fine if you listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the wildlife viewing safety precautions below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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