Malaria & Safety – Thornybush GR

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

As with most parks and reserves in South Africa, in our opinion, it is very safe to travel in Thornybush. Basically, the people you’ll meet are either tourists or staff working for the reserve or tour operators. All these people are there to make sure you’ll have a great trip.

Johannesburg

When visiting Thornybush, Johannesburg is the main city of entry from abroad and crime and carjacking is a concern in and around the city. However, taking sensible safety precautions (see links below) will result in a great trip without any problems for the vast majority of people. On top of that, since the airport is located outside of Johannesburg, it isn’t necessary to stay in or drive through the city when traveling to Thornybush.

Malaria & Vaccinations

There is a very minimal risk of malaria during the wet weather of the summer (October-April) as Thornybush lies in a malaria zone. It should be guarded against by using mosquito repellent (containing at least 30% DEET) and taking antimalarial medication. Vaccinations are also advisable for travel in South Africa, and Thornybush.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing should always be done with caution. But following the instructions of your guide will keep you safe and incidents are extremely rare. Also, read the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below for more safety tips.

Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:

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