Malaria & Safety – Tembe Elephant Park


In our opinion, parks and reserves are very safe places for visitors in South Africa, including Tembe Elephant Park. Occasionally thefts can occur within the park, but violent crime is virtually non-existent.

Big Cities

Tembe is generally not a one-stop destination and is mostly visited as part of a larger tour of the country. If your entry into the country is through a city (such as Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban), then you will need to be on the lookout for city crimes, especially carjackings, which are prevalent in some places. It is important to be alert if driving yourself. Click on ‘cities and other urban areas safety precautions’ below for more info on safely negotiating urban areas.

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

Wildlife Viewing

There are always certain risks involved while viewing wildlife, but these are easily avoided by following the advice of your guide. You can also be well informed by consulting the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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