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There are certain places in Africa where it is possible to enjoy a wonderful wildlife safari without the worry of malaria 

Malaria-free safaris, tours & holidays available in Namibia, South Africa

There are certain places in Africa where it is possible to enjoy a wonderful wildlife safari without the worry of malaria 

Although there are many preventative measures you can use when visiting malaria areas in Africa, the best way to avoid malaria is to visit a destination that is free from the disease completely. There are a few such places on the continent where you don't need to worry about taking pills and are better geared towards families. 

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Introduction

The Eastern Cape in South Africa is a malaria-free zone with a number of spectacular wildlife destinations. It's an obvious add-on if you're travelling up the southern coast and time doesn't allow you to head further north.

Madikwe Game Reserve is another area we recommend for malaria-free safaris. A quick hour's flight from Johannesburg, Madikwe offers Big Five viewing and is also well-known for its incredible African Wild Dog sightings. The lodges on the reserve are varied in terms of budgets, so theres something to suit everyone.

You will find that Madikwe and Eastern Cape lodges are especially geared towards families with children of all ages. 

Know before you go

Roughly half of the world’s population is at risk of Malaria.

Children under the age of 5 have a higher chance of contracting Malaria.

Improved methods on malaria control and prevention have ensured that the mortality rate for malaria cases has dropped significantly since the year 2000.

It is believed from the year 2000 to 2015 children sleeping under long-lasting insecticidal nets increased from 2% to 68% thus helping prevent malaria related casualties amongst infants and adolescents.
For more information related to malaria worldwide and in Africa, consult this webpage about useful facts about the disease.

When to go

The eastern cape of South Africa and the Madikwe Game Reserve are malaria free zones so naturally one wouldn’t have to worry about a specific time of year when visiting these areas.

However in a lot of other parts of South Africa malaria can be an issue and it’s advised that you consider changing your travel time to avoid this.
The cooler drier months are the best time to avoid malaria, so do your research beforehand to find out when is a suitable time to travel to avoid this, countries will differ. You can also ask one of our consultants for advice on when would be a good time to travel to avoid malaria.

What to pack

Insect repellent

Long sleeve t-shirts and pants, trousers or jeans

Malaria medication, also consult a doctor on the correct medication as it differs from country to country.

Portable mosquito net

Weather and Climate

Mosquitos thrive on wet, humid and hot climates so it’s best to avoid these kinds of weather conditions if you know you are going to be venturing into malaria ridden areas. The best advice would be do the research beforehand or consult a Discover Africa sales consultant today for sound advice.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Eastern Cape of South Africa malaria free safaris

Madikwe Game Reserve

Beaches of Mauritius and the Seychelles are also said to be malaria free areas.

Cities within South Africa are also generally malaria free.

Where to stay

The game lodges of the Eastern Cape are all free from malaria, also most safari lodges or game reserves around Africa will do their best to give concrete information on how to prevent malaria and many will be equipped with facilities such as mosquito nets. However you can also get sound advice from one of our sales consultants on this matter.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Malaria-free safaris in Africa

What is the minimum age for children to get Malaria?

Children under the age of five are advised not to travel to areas at high risk of malaria. Complications and death due to malaria are high among children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. Mefloquine is prescribed… go there.

When is the best time to visit Shamwari Game Reserve?

Wildlife viewing in Shamwari Game Game Reserve is good throughout the year. However, the best wildlife viewing is during the driest winter months of June to September. The lack of water in the bush drives animals to open water sources -… go there.

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

When is the best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park ?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

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