​Malaria & Safety – Kruger NP

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

As with most parks and reserves in South Africa, Kruger National Park is very safe to visit in our opinion. Crime is not an issue in the park. To obtain the most up-to-date information about traveling in South Africa and Kruger NP in particular, it is worth checking the latest travel advisories (see the ‘Safety & Security –South Africa’ link below).

Johannesburg

When visiting Kruger, Johannesburg is the main entry point from abroad and crime is a concern within the city. You won’t have anything to worry about on a guided tour as your guide will look after your safety at all times. Also, since the airport is located on the eastern outskirts of Johannesburg, along the main road to Kruger, it isn’t necessary to stay in or even drive through the city when traveling to/from Kruger. For further tips, please read the ‘Cities and Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Kruger NP lies in a malaria zone, but there is only a very small risk in the wet summer months (from October to April). At this time, you should take measures to protect yourself by wearing appropriate clothing and applying mosquito repellent. Seek medical advice before your trip about antimalarial medication options and if they are needed. Several vaccinations are also recommended when traveling to South Africa in general and to Kruger.

Wildlife Viewing

Although more than a million visitors come to Kruger every year, incidents involving wildlife are extremely rare. As long as you listen to your guide, you’ll be very safe. Self-drive visitors should take note of the park rules and never leave their vehicle unless in designated areas. For further tips, please read the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

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