Kruger National Park
Malaria

The threat of malaria should not affect your decision to visit Kruger National Park forming part of your South Africa holiday. It's just something you should be aware of and to take the relevant precautions.

By law we have to advise you to take malaria prophylactics (tablets) when going on any of our safaris. We recommend you consult with your Doctor or General Practitioner (GP) or a recognized travel clinic about the latest or most suitable medication.


While malaria prophylactics are recommended, no prophylactic is foolproof. Many people decide not to take prophylactics and rather try to avoid getting bitten.

The most vulnerable times for getting bitten are between dusk and dawn. People are advised to stay indoors during these periods or cover exposed skin with light clothing or insect repellent cream. The ankles are the most critical area. Burning anti-mosquito coils and ensuring netted screens are kept closed, are other preventative measures.

Any person developing flu-like symptoms 7 to 20 days (even longer) after being in an malaria area, should be tested immediately for malaria, until the symptoms clear or an alternative diagnosis is made. It is important to advise medical practitioners that you have been in a malaria area, to avoid incorrect diagnosis.

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Note

Most types of mosquito do not carry the malaria plasmodium and if you are bitten, it does not mean you will contract malaria.

We also recommend you check with your Doctor or travel clinic, on vaccinations required for countries, you are visiting in Southern Africa.

Malaria in Southern Africa

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