Yes, you will be safe as long as you follow all the Park rules. Make sure you are at your booked camp before the gates close. Camps are closed and fenced off to safeguard against wildlife; an occasional monkey or baboon can be found roaming around in the Camp but they present no danger to you.
You are able to walk safely and freely within the boundaries of the camp at night.
Yes, water is safe to drink, however bottled water is provided in all rooms courtesy of the lodge.
Kruger Park is a malaria risk zone. You should be aware of the risk but it should not stop you from coming to Kruger and enjoying your African safari.
There are over a million visitors to the Kruger Park and only a few cases of malaria reported. Malaria high risk is during the wet season between October and May, with the months February to May being the peak risk period. We recommend that you consult your GP for the correct prophylactic to prevent malaria.
A course of anti-malarial medication will need to be taken at least a week before travelling – so be sure to consult your GP well before you travel.
No. The entire Kruger Park area is considered Malaria risk. There are some wonderful private game reserves in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape that are Malaria risk free such as Madikwe and Shamwari. These reserves are not only home to the Big Five but also many other great animal species - perfect for a malaria-free safari. Speak to one of our consultants to make a few suggestions.
Most private lodges have mosquito nets over the bed and as part of their service also provide you with anti-mosquito repellents like: anti-mosquito cream, aerosols, mosquito coils or electric plug-in dispersants. If you are staying in standard self-catering accommodation within the Kruger National Park you will need to provide your own mosquito net and repellents. Mosquito nets can be purchased at an outdoor/ sports shop and the other items can be purchased at any pharmacy or general grocery store in South Africa.
While you are on your African safari you can prevent insect bites as follows: Cover your arms and legs as the evening approaches. Use light colored clothing to cover exposed skin areas - especially around the ankles. Wear long sleeved shirts, long trousers, socks and closed shoes. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin areas every 4-6 hours. Burn insecticide oils or electrically heated insecticide tablets in the bedroom at night. Read more on avoiding contracting malaria.