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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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, there is no crime in the park.
It would be 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. Carjackings and other city-related crimes do sometimes occur, but you can protect yourself by 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. Mapungubwe is located in a low-risk zone and antimalarials are not considered necessary. It is still wise to cover up and use mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) 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).
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: