Malaria & Safety – Mkhuze GR
In our opinion, South African parks and reserves are very safe places to be, including Mkhuze. Entry fees and codes of conduct ensure that criminals take their activities elsewhere. Thefts can still happen in lodges within the park, but most other crime – including violent crime – is virtually unheard of.
Mkhuze is rarely visited as a destination in its own right – it is usually part of a larger tour of the country. You will most likely begin in a city like Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, in which caution needs to be exercised in relation to city-based crimes such as carjackings. See ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below for more info on recommended precautions.
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 Mkhuze was included in this region and it was recommended to take antimalarials when visiting the park. Based on new research, Mkhuze is now located in a low risk zone and antimalarials are no longer considered necessary. It is still advised to cover up and use mosquito repellant (containing at least 30% DEET) in the evenings during those wet months. In addition, several vaccinations are advised when travelling to South Africa, in general, and to Mkhuze (see your local healthcare professional for advice).
Viewing wildlife always comes with a certain risk and although incidents are extremely rare, it is important to listen to the guidance of your tour leader. Taking time to read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below will also help.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- South Africa: Safety
- South Africa: Vaccinations & Malaria