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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In our opinion, the parks and reserves of South Africa, including Zulu Nyala, are very safe. The people you'll come across are fellow travelers or employees of the reserve or tour operators.
A visit to Zulu Nyala is usually part of a wider country tour. It is rarely visited on its own. You will likely enter the country by way of a city (Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg) so it is important to be wary of city-related crime and exercise caution, particularly when driving yourself. Click on ‘Cities & Urban Areas: Safety Precautions’ below for more info on staying safe in 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. Zulu Nyala is located in a low-risk zone, and antimalarials are not considered necessary. It is still advisable to cover up and use mosquito repellent (those containing DEET are most effective) in the evenings during those wet months. There are several vaccinations recommended when going to South Africa and Zulu Nyala as well (consult your local travel clinic).
Wildlife viewing always comes with some risks, but by listening to the directions of your guide, you should be well protected. Additionally, take a look at the 'Wildlife Viewing Safety Precautions' below.
Further advice on limiting dangers and annoyances when traveling: