Malaria & Safety – Mokala NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide 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.

Safety

South African parks and reserves (including Mokala) are generally safe in our opinion and crimes, especially those of a violent nature, seldom occur. Petty thefts do sometimes happen within the park but are easily avoided by keeping your valuables in a safe place.

Big Cities

Mokala is rarely visited on its own but is usually included on a tour of South Africa. You will likely arrive by way of a large city, such as Johannesburg or Cape Town. Although the risk of something bad happening is very small, carjackings, muggings and other city-related crimes do occur, so it is important to always exercise caution. Check out ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below for more recommendations in urban areas.

Malaria-Free & Vaccinations

Unless you are visiting other places in the country where malaria is a concern, there is no need for malaria medication, since Mokala National Park is located in a malaria-free area. Vaccinations are required, however, when going to South Africa (consult your local doctor).

Wildlife Viewing

Incidents are very rare, but there is always a risk involved with wildlife viewing. Your best bet to avoid any danger is to listen closely to your guide's instructions and follow them. Also, read 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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