Malaria & Safety – Phinda GR


In our opinion, parks and reserves are safe places in South Africa for tourists, and this includes Phinda. The only people you'll meet are fellow tourists or staff working for tour operators or the reserve.

Big Cities

Phinda is generally visited as a tour package and not as a lone destination. You will most likely enter the country via Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg. This makes it important to take caution and be alert for the potential of city-related crime, not least of which is carjacking. Caution should be taken if renting a car and driving yourself. See ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below for more information on safety in cities.

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, Phinda was included in this region, and it was recommended to take antimalarials when visiting the park. Based on new research, Phinda is now located in a low-risk zone, and antimalarials are no longer considered necessary. It is still wise to cover up and use mosquito repellent (that has at least 30% DEET) in the evenings during those wet months. In addition, several vaccinations are advised when traveling to South Africa, in general, and to Phinda (consult with your local travel clinic).

Wildlife Viewing

Listening to the recommendations of your guide will greatly diminish the already small risks that come with wildlife viewing. Please also consult 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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