Where can you go on a malaria-free African safari?
Malaria is present throughout much of Southern Africa and East Africa, and many of our African safari destinations fall inside its range. That said, the risk of actually contracting malaria in places that fall within the malaria zone (such as Kruger National Park, Etosha National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and the Okavango Delta) is minimal – even more so during the dry season, from June to October.
Malaria-free African safaris are available. They can be found in several diverse regions of South Africa. If you want to see the Big Five without worrying about taking malaria pills or other precautions, there are several options available.
Why Choose a Malaria-Free Safari?
Malaria-free safaris are an excellent option if you’re travelling with children or in any way unable to take anti-malaria medication. For some people, even the idea of catching malaria is enough to put them off a safari to Africa. If that is the case, you will be happy to know you can enjoy an African safari without bumping into a Malarial mosquito.
Malaria Free Safaris in South Africa
There are several areas in South Africa that are malaria-free and can offer world-class safari experiences. While some of South Africa’s best game parks are unfortunately in the malarial zone (like Kruger National Park) many private game reserves have set up in the Eastern Cape area, Madikwe, Pilanesberg, and the Waterberg area. These reserves have successfully relocated a large number of animals and besides the Big Five, you can also see rare mammals like cheetah and wild dogs.
South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, Eastern Cape & Madikwe
South Africa’s malaria-free destinations happily combine to produce great holiday itineraries: start with got-it-all Cape Town before heading off on the Garden Route, long a firm family favourite and home to endless beaches and dramatic scenery. The Eastern Cape is a region rapidly becoming internationally famous for offering superb Big 5 safaris in a temperate and malaria-free environment.
Check out our South Africa Family Safaris.