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.
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Makalali is a safe travel destination in our opinion, just like most parks and reserves in the country. Aside from tourists, most of the people that you meet will be will be working for the tour operators or the reserve and are there to ensure you have a great time.
Johannesburg is the main entry point for those arriving from abroad. Although there have been some problems with carjackings and crime, the airport is situated outside the city, and a trip into Johannesburg is not necessary when traveling to Makalali. In addition, the vast majority of visitors don't have any incidents, and by taking sensible safety measures (see links below), you can further limit the already small risks.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Although it only poses a minimal threat during the wet summer months (October to April), malaria is present. Protect yourself by using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and taking antimalarials. There are also vaccinations that you should have before traveling to Makalali and South Africa in general.
Wildlife viewing comes with certain hazards, but can easily be limited by following the directions that your guide will provide. Also helpful are the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: