Malaria & Safety – Mlilwane WS

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

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.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

In our opinion, Swaziland and its parks, and Mlilwane in particular, are very safe to travel. We encourage you to form your own opinion on safety by consulting other resources. Your government's travel advice for Swaziland would be a good place to start. Petty crime in the cities is quite common, so extra precaution needs to be taken when visiting urban areas. Walking around large urban areas at night is not recommended.

Johannesburg

You’ll probably travel through South Africa when you visit Mlilwane, and Johannesburg will most likely be where you enter the country. Crime and carjacking is a concern in and around the city. However, taking sensible safety precautions (see links below) will result in a great trip without any problems for the vast majority of people. Also, since the airport is located outside of Johannesburg, it isn’t necessary to stay in, or even drive through, the city when travelling to/from Swaziland.

Malaria & Vaccinations

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary lies in a malaria zone, but there is only a small risk in the wet summer months (from October to April). At this time, malaria is a health concern and you should take measures to protect yourself by wearing appropriate clothing and applying mosquito repellent (at least 30% DEET). Ask your doctor about antimalarial medications before departure. Several vaccinations are also recommended when travelling to Mlilwane, and to Swaziland in general.

Wildlife Viewing

There are very few dangerous animals in Mlilwane, but animals are unpredictable and wildlife viewing always brings certain safety risks. However, you’ll be fine if you listen to the instructions given by your guide and take notice of the wildlife viewing safety precautions below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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