Malaria & Safety – Mapungubwe NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

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Travel Alert

Safety

Mapungubwe National Park is safe for visitors in our opinion. All South African parks and reserves are more or less free of crime. As is the case all over the world, cities tend to have some crime issues. Normal safety precautions should be taken when visiting urban centers during your holiday (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). The vast majority of travelers don’t have any crime-related incidents during their visit.

Malaria & Vaccinations

There is a very slight risk of contracting malaria in the wet summer months from September to May in parts of South Africa. As Mapungubwe is located in a low-risk zone, 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 (consult your nearest travel clinic).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Mapungubwe is generally very safe as long as you 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.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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