Malaria & Safety – Mala Mala GR
In our opinion, Mala Mala is considered a very safe place to travel in, much like most parks and reserves in South Africa. Aside from fellow visitors, the people that you meet will work for Mala Mala or are tour operators and are there to ensure you have a great holiday.
Johannesburg is the primary entry point for South Africa and Mala Mala. Car-jacking and other crimes occur in and around this city. Although the risk is small and the vast majority of people visit the city without any incidents, it is important to use common sense and take some safety precautions (see links below). Besides, it isn't necessary to stay in or even drive through Johannesburg on the way to Mala Mala, since the airport is located outside the city.
Malaria & Vaccinations
The wet summer season (October-April) poses a small risk of malaria, so precautions should be taken. This means using mosquito repellant (containing at least 30% DEET) and taking antimalaria medication. Vaccinations are also important, as several are recommended when travelling to South Africa, including Mala Mala.
There is always a slight danger when viewing wildlife as their behavior can be unpredictable. However, guides are expert at recognizing warning signs. To limit these small risks, simply listen and follow instructions from your guide. Also helpful are 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- South Africa: Safety
- South Africa: Vaccinations & Malaria