Malaria & Safety – Mapungubwe NP


In our opinion, Mapungubwe National Park, like most parks and reserves in South Africa, is safe for visitors. Aside from petty theft that may occur just about anywhere in the world, criminals understand that this is not a place for them to loiter. Crime, in general, is extremely low and violent crime is virtually non-existent.


It would be incredibly unusual to visit Mapungubwe as a sole destination. Normally, you would come here as part of a larger tour, visiting other parks and reserves along the way. If starting your journey in a large city such as Johannesburg, you need to be cautious and exercise good judgement. Carjackings and other city-related crimes do sometimes occur, but you can protect yourself by being aware of your surroundings, using common sense and taking note of the basic safety precautions for cities and urban areas below.

Malaria & Vaccinations

There is a very small risk of contracting malaria in the wet summer months from September to May in parts of South Africa. Until recently Mapungubwe was included in this region and it was recommended to take antimalarials when visiting the park. Based on new research, Mapungubwe is now located in a low risk zone and antimalarials are no longer considered necessary. It is still wise to cover up and use mosquito repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) in the evenings during those wet months. In addition, several vaccinations are advisable when traveling to South Africa, in general, and to Mapungubwe (consult your nearest travel clinic).

Wildlife Viewing

Your best strategy in avoiding any of the risks that come with viewing wild animals is to pay close attention to your guide and obey any instructions that he or she may give. The 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below should also help to answer any further questions that you have regarding safety and risks.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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