Malaria & Safety – Sabi Sands

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides 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.

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Travel Alert

Safety

Travel within most parks and reserves in South Africa can be done safely in our opinion, as is the case with Sabi Sand. Most of the people you will come across are people who are there to ensure your safari is a good one: staff of the reserves and tour operators. The rest will likely be fellow tourists.

Johannesburg

When arriving from abroad, travel to Sabi Sand is through Johannesburg in most cases. Crime and carjacking is a problem here. Although the chance of an incident is very small, you should practice caution (see links below). The airport itself is actually located well outside of Johannesburg so the city can be easily avoided when traveling to Sabi Sand.

Malaria & Vaccinations

As Sabi Sand lies in a malaria zone, the wet summer months pose a very slight chance of catching malaria. If you are visiting at this time, measures you can take to protect yourself include using mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) and taking antimalarials. Travel to South Africa, including Sabi Sand, requires several vaccinations.

Wildlife Viewing

There are certain risks involved when viewing wildlife, but these can be easily avoided by listening to the instruction of your guide. Following the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below, will also help.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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