A malaria-free safari is important to anyone travelling at short notice or families travelling with young children, a pregnancy or elderly grandparents.
Although malaria prevention and control measures continue to reduce the effects of malaria, it is still an unpleasant reality that needs to be considered. The NHS offers a good summary of anti-malarial medications with their pros and cons on its website. Modern anti-malarial medications are safe and come with minimal side effects but are not suitable to every individual, nor do they offer the complete peace of mind that so many are seeking.
If it all sounds like too much admin or just a little too risky for your liking, fear not, there are many malaria-free safaris to choose from. If you are looking for a malaria-free safari that’s out of this world, look no further than sunny South Africa. South Africa offers some incredible malaria free areas and safari experiences. Furthermore, it is easy to access and get around and is first-world in most places.
The North West Province and the Eastern Cape are two of several notable malaria-free regions that offer a full Big Five safari as well as numerous other unique and endangered species such as wild dog and black rhino. There are also outstanding nocturnal species to be seen, including brown hyena, aardvark and bat-eared fox. No matter what the interests or desires of your safari adventure, there is something for everyone in these regions.
Some of the best-known places for great game viewing and an all round bush experience are Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and Shamwari in the Eastern Cape, and Jaci’s Lodges and Morukuru of Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province. Laze in the lap of five star luxury and experience an abundance of activities to keep you busy in between the morning and evening game drives.
Activities include walking safaris, fishing, horseback safaris, mountain biking, boating, cultural tours, cosmic safaris and many more (ask your lodge for more information). There is never a dull moment in this vast wilderness, especially when there is so much to keep you busy. The quality guides leading you on these journeys of discovery through the African bush make these malaria-free safaris not just a substitute for other places in Africa, but a must-see in their own right.
Although the malaria factor is a reality, don’t let it put you off other African safaris. Every great adventure in life involves an element of risk. That said, before travelling anywhere, always do your homework and visit your GP or local travel clinic to ensure you are aware and prepared for all the medical risks that you may encounter. Once that is done, you can relax and focus on scratching your itch for an unforgettable authentic African adventure.