Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.
Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.
Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.
Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.
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Mkhaya is a very safe place to visit in our opinion, and the same is true for the country of Swaziland. We do however encourage visitors to form their own views by consulting resources such as government travel advisories. As with most African cities, petty crime is quite common so be careful in urban areas. Take a cab to move around the city at night, instead of walking.
When visiting Mkhaya, you’ll probably commute through South Africa, and Johannesburg will most likely be your arrival point. Crime such as carjacking is a problem in Johannesburg. See the links below for advice on some simple precautions to ensure you have a hassle-free holiday. As the airport is outside of Johannesburg, it isn’t necessary to stay in, or even drive through, the city when travelling to/from Swaziland.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Mkhaya Game Reserve lies in a malaria zone, but the risk is minimal and is only present in the wet summer months (from October to April). At this time, you should take measures to protect yourself from this health concern by wearing appropriate clothing and using mosquito repellent (that contains at least 30% DEET). Before you set off for Africa, seek medical advice regarding antimalarial medication. Several vaccinations are also recommended.
Wild animals can behave erratically, and so wildlife viewing always brings certain safety risks. Therefore, it’s important to listen to the instructions given by your guide, and to read the wildlife viewing safety precautions below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: