​Malaria & Safety – Kgalagadi TP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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.

Safety

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is virtually crime-free and, in our opinion, a safe destination. Although organized tours are available, this is also a popular self-drive destination. Most of the roads on the South African side are accessible with an ordinary car, but an SUV or pickup is preferred. Even then, it is still possible to get stuck on the sandy roads, so renting a 4x4 is a good idea. Visiting the Botswana side should only be attempted as part of an organized tour or by visitors with a great deal of experience in self-sufficient safaris.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Antimalarials aren't necessary in Kgalagadi. Malaria is only a concern if you combine Kgalagadi with the northeastern part of South Africa (including Kruger) or the far north of Botswana. It is advisable you get several vaccinations before you travel to either South Africa or Botswana (consult your nearest travel clinic).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Kgalagadi is generally very safe as long as you obey the instructions given by your guide. Self-drive visitors should familiarize themselves with the rules of the park. You might also want to read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below for more tips.

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