Malaria & Safety – Phinda GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Travel Alert

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Travel Alert

Safety

In our opinion, visitors are safe in all South Africa’s parks and reserves. Phinda Game Reserve is therefore a very safe destination. As everywhere in the world, there is some crime in the cities, so normal safety precautions should be taken when visiting urban centers during your trip (see ‘Cities & Other Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below). The vast majority of visitors don’t experience any crime-related incidents during their visit.

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. Phinda is located in a low-risk zone, and antimalarials are not considered necessary. It is still wise to cover up and use mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) in the evenings during those wet months. In addition, several vaccinations are advised when traveling to South Africa (consult with your local travel clinic).

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is very safe in Phinda. Your guide will take care of your safety at all times. Always listen to the guide’s instructions and pay attention during the safety briefing at check-in. Also, take note of the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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