Malaria & Safety – Madikwe GR


Madikwe, in our opinion, is a safe place for visitors – like all parks and reserves in South Africa, it doesn’t attract criminals. Although petty theft sometimes occurs, other crimes (including violent crime) are a rarity.


Madikwe will most likely be visited as a stopover on a larger tour, and not as a lone destination. You will most likely begin your journey in a city, such as Johannesburg, and need to take care to avoid the types of city crimes that can occur, including carjackings. The chance of something bad happening is very small, so there is no need for paranoia. You'll be fine if you stay aware of your surroundings and use common sense. See ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below for more.

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

Travel to South Africa requires several vaccinations, which you should get before embarking on your journey (consult your local travel clinic). Antimalarials aren’t a requirement when visiting Madikwe, as it is located outside of the malaria zone. Malaria is only a concern if you visit Kruger National Park and surrounds.

Wildlife Viewing

Although incidents are rare, wildlife viewing always comes with certain risks. Following the direction of your guide is the best way to limit or avoid any dangers. Take notice of the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below, for more safety tips.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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