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.

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Travel Alert

Safety

As with most parks and reserves in South Africa, it is, in our opinion, very safe to travel around in Kruger NP. Crime is not an issue in the park, but we recommend a few normal safety precautions, just as you would carry out in any part of the world: lock your car when you’re not in it, don’t leave valuables in open sight and follow the park rules.

Johannesburg

When visiting Kruger, Johannesburg is the main entry point from abroad and crime is a concern within 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 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.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Kruger Park 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. Follow the park rules, listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below and you won’t have any problems.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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