Malaria & Safety – Kapama GR
Kapama is no different from most parks and reserves in South Africa and can, in our opinion, be safely visited. In addition to fellow tourists, the majority of the people you will meet will be employed by tour operators or Kapama.
From abroad, the city of Johannesburg would be the main entry into the country. Crime and car-jackings do occur in and around the city. Although the risk is very small and the vast majority of visitors don't have any incidents, it is important to take sensible safety measures (see links below). Moreover, the airport is situated outside of Johannesburg and there is no need to stay in the city when heading to Kapama.
Malaria & Vaccinations
During the wet months of October through April (summer time) there is a small risk of malaria, since Kapama lies in a malaria zone. Precautions against malaria should be taken in the form of wearing mosquito repellant containing at least 30% DEET and by taking malaria preventative drugs. Vaccinations are also advised when travelling to South Africa and Kapama – see your nearest travel clinic for advice.
Certain risks come with viewing wildlife, but it can be done very safely by simply taking the advice of your guide. It is also helpful to take note of the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- South Africa: Safety
- South Africa: Vaccinations & Malaria