There are certainly destinations in South Africa where it is possible to enjoy a wonderful wildlife safari without worrying about 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.
Here are five malaria-free reserves you should visit on your next holiday to South Africa:
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the best options for a malaria-free safari in South Africa. It has the entire Big Five experience and wild dog sightings are seen often. Although this reserve is state-owned, Madikwe is privately run. This means that you won’t be able to self-drive and you need to choose one of their all-inclusive lodges for your stay. Game drives, night safaris and walking safaris are popular options.
Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg is malaria-free and is located in an ancient volcanic crater. It is classified as one of the most beautiful malaria-free National Parks in South Africa. Pilanesberg is also located next to the Sun City complex, which means you could possibly add a little detour to your trip.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Situated in the Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve forms as a natural link to the Garden Route. This award-winning Big 5 game reserve boasts five unique ecosystems and is teeming with game and birdlife. When you’re not on a game drive, game walk or visiting one of the two Born Free big cat sanctuaries, a leisurely bout of reading, spa treatments, swimming or sampling delicious cuisine are to be enjoyed with peace of mind that you’re on a malaria-free safari in South Africa.
Addo Elephant National Park
Greatly proud of their conservation efforts, the family-friendly Madikwe Game Reserve offers that Big 5 safari experience everyone is after. Set among gigantic expanses of malaria-free land, live the rich variety of wildlife and birdlife. Only to be enjoyed in 4 and 5-star luxury, this malaria-free safari in Africa experience is not one to be missed.
Marakele National Park
With a name meaning ‘place of sanctuary’, Marakele National Park has found a home with its majestic mountain landscapes, grassy hills and deep valleys. In the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, the variety of wildlife and the brilliant bird population is impressive.
So if you’re travelling with children, if you’re pregnant or if you’re a senior, forget the anti-malaria medication and enjoy a malaria-free safari in Africa. If you’re thinking about going on a self-drive safari, be sure to use an efficient, trustworthy car rental company, like Drive South Africa to avoid inflated prices.