Malaria Free Safari Destinations Ideas
There are certain places in Africa where it is possible to enjoy a wonderful wildlife safari without the worry of malaria
There are plenty of malaria-free destinations to choose from where you can enjoy an authentic Big 5 safari in the African bush without sacrificing anything in terms of your safari experience or the quality of the accommodation.
Here follow 5 areas that are great to visit and see the Big 5 without having to worry about malaria:
Pilanesberg National Park
See the Big Five just 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria in one of the country's most popular wildlife reserve.
This well-stocked Malaria Free park has a dramatic landscape that supports a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. It is also home to the big 5
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa and borders Pilanesberg National Park .
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Sun City Resort’s wide variety of restaurants and bars.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Private Game Reserve, nestled on the border between South Africa and Botswana, is a lesser known gem that is completely malaria-free. Extending 76,000 hectares, this wild and remote paradise is one of the largest reserves in South Africa and is home to the Big 5 plus a thriving population of the endangered wild dog and other sought-after species such as cheetah and brown hyena. Bird-watchers will enjoy about 360 species in this dry Kalahari ecosystem. Madikwe is an easy 4 hours drive from Johannesburg or about 1 hour flight.
The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is situated in the Bushveld district in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The Waterberg, as the name implies, serves as a water reservoir for this arid region. The area consists of low mountain ranges and escarpments with poor soils and a relatively low level of economic activity. The vegetation is dominated by different veld types characteristic of mountainous savannah areas which creates a rich biodiversity with more than 5,500 species of plants.
The area has been inhabited over hundreds of thousand of years and is one of the most important San rock art areas in South Africa. Tourism is the major source of income, however people also practise cattle raising and crop production, and are increasingly switching from game-farming to eco-tourism.