Malaria & Safety – Timbavati NR
In our opinion, as with most parks and reserves in South Africa, Timbavati is a safe place to travel around. Besides fellow tourists, most of the people you'll meet are employees of the reserve or tour operators. These people are there to make sure you have a great safari.
When coming from abroad, a trip to Timbavati means entering the country by way of Johannesburg. This city has had some difficulties with crime and car-jacking, so taking precaution is advised (see links below) and doing so will keep you safe in virtually all cases. Many people visit the city and have no problems at all and have a great trip. If you wish, a drive through Johannesburg can be avoided entirely, since the airport is located outside the city and it isn't necessary to travel through it in order to reach Timbavati.
Malaria & Vaccinations
Timbavati lies within the malaria zone, but the risk is small and mostly present during the wet summer months (October through April). It should still be addressed, however, and it is advisable to wear mosquito repellant containing at least 30% DEET and take antimalarial medication. In addition, there are vaccinations that you should get when travelling to South Africa and Timbavati.
There is always a slight chance of danger while viewing wildlife, so it is advisable to listen to the advice and direction of your guide. Doing so will ensure that it is done safely. It is also recommended to have a read of the 'wildlife viewing safety precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling:
- Wildlife viewing safety precautions
- General safety precautions
- Cities and other urban areas safety precautions
- South Africa: Safety
- South Africa: Vaccinations & Malaria