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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South African parks and reserves maintain a very high standard regarding safety and crime is unlikely. Small thefts within the park are always a possibility, just like anywhere else. However, other crimes are a rarity, and violent crimes are unheard of. In our opinion, it’s a safe destination for visitors to South Africa.
It is likely that you will visit Marakele National Park en route to other destinations. If renting a car in a city, such as Johannesburg, you must exercise caution and good judgment in regards to safety. Certain city-related crimes (such as theft and carjacking) do occur and are best avoided by practicing situational awareness and taking relative precautions. See ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more.
Malaria-Free & Vaccinations
If you aren’t planning on visiting other areas in South Africa where malaria is a risk, then you will not have to bother with antimalarials since Marakele is outside the malaria zone. It is advisable, however, to check into the various vaccinations required for travel to South Africa. You will have to receive these prior to your visit.
The 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below outline several tips and strategies for watching wild animals in the bush. In general, you will avoid virtually all risks by heeding the advice given by your guide. Guides are experts and know how to view wildlife in the safest manner possible.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: