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.
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In our opinion, the parks and reserves of South Africa are very safe, and that includes Ithala. Each park has rules of conduct, and the entry fee that you pay makes it unlikely that criminals would choose the park as a place for their activities. It is still possible for theft to occur in lodges or hotels within the park, but more serious crimes are virtually non-existent.
Ithala is rarely a destination in its own right, but usually a stop on a larger tour. Your point of arrival is likely to be a city, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, so caution needs to be taken regarding city-related crime, such as carjackings. Click on ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more information.
Malaria-Free & Vaccinations
Ithala is a malaria-free zone, and there is no need for antimalarial medication unless you are visiting other parts of the country where malaria is a risk. You will need to have several vaccinations when traveling to South Africa, in general, and to Ithala.
Wildlife watching always brings certain risks, but they are lessened substantially by listening to the directions of your guide and taking note of the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: