Apart from packing the binoculars, airing out those comfortable walking shoes and reading all about the different kinds of wildlife you’re bound to encounter on your safari adventure, it’s also important that you arm yourself with the necessary knowledge with regards to malaria. It can be a life-threatening disease so it’s vital to take the necessary precautions if your safari is going to be taking you to a malaria area. Here’s everything you need to know about the disease and the safest way to approach it.
It’s a serious blood disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. It can be controlled and effectively treated if diagnosed early.
Areas in South Africa/Africa prone to malaria:
There are plenty of game reserves in South Africa that offer world-class safaris without the worry of malaria. Assured malaria-free safari areas include:
The great news is that all of these reserves offer wonderful wildlife viewing and superb safari experiences, so you won't need to compromise on quality to ensure a medication-free trip.
Malaria in South Africa is seasonal, with it predominantly occurring during the rainy spring/summer season (between September and May). January to April tends to be the period of highest transmission. Mosquitoes tend to hibernate during the winter months, hence it being a lower risk period, generally.
It’s imperative that the necessary precautions be taken should you be travelling to malaria-prone areas. Consulting your healthcare professional should be your first port of call to discuss the recommended medications available.
Other means of prevention include:
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At the end of the day anyone can be affected, but the following are more susceptible to infection:
Whilst the threat of malaria should be taken very seriously, it by no means should be a reason not to enjoy a fantastic safari adventure in Africa - you simply have to be careful and take all the necessary precautions to avoid transmission.
Visit our Travel Info page full of useful links and advice to 'Know Before You Go' to Africa.