Malaria-free safaris in South Africa

While malaria is easily preventable, some people prefer malaria-free safari destinations, especially the elderly, those with young children, or those who simply prefer not to take anti-malaria medication.

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. You'll even find a diversity of species and landscapes that differ from those in the Kruger National Park (a malaria area). Most of the malaria-free destinations are easily accessible and there's enough variety to suit every budget.

The Eastern Cape and Garden Route safaris are undoubtedly the most popular choice and are often added to a Garden Route self-drive tour. Madikwe Game Reserve is an hour's flight or a four-hour drive from Johannesburg. The area is home to the Big 5 as well as cheetah, wild dog and black rhino. Travellers with a limited budget and time should consider visiting Pilanesberg Game Reserve which is close to Sun City. Built in the remains of an extinct volcano, the area has a variety of wildlife and birds.

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