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 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.

Travel Alert

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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 Kruger NP. Basically, all the people you’ll meet are either tourists or staff working for the tour operators, accommodations or park authorities. All of these people are there to make sure you’ll have a great trip.

Johannesburg

When visiting Kruger, Johannesburg is the main city of entry from abroad and crime and carjacking is a concern in 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, malaria is a health concern, and you should take measures to protect yourself by wearing appropriate clothing and applying mosquito repellent. Seek medical advice with regard to antimalarial medication options. Several vaccinations are also recommended when traveling to South Africa in general and to Kruger.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing always brings certain safety risks, but you'll be fine if you listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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