Malaria & Safety – Kruger NP
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.
When visiting Kruger, Johannesburg is the main city of entry from abroad and crime and carjacking is a concern in and around 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 outside of Johannesburg, 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 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:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General travel safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas: Safety precautions
- Safety & Security – South Africa
- Malaria & Vaccinations – South Africa