Malaria & Safety – MalaMala GR

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.

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Travel Alert

Safety

In our opinion, MalaMala is a very safe place, much like most parks and reserves in South Africa. Aside from fellow visitors, the people that you’ll meet are there to ensure you have a great holiday.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the primary entry point for South Africa and MalaMala. Carjacking 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 MalaMala, since the airport is located east of the city en route to the reserve.

Malaria & Vaccinations

The wet summer season (October-April) poses a small risk of malaria, so precautions should be taken. This means using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and taking antimalarial medication. Vaccinations are also important, as several are recommended when traveling to South Africa.

Wildlife Viewing

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 follow instructions from your guide. Also helpful are 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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