Malaria in Southern and South Africa

Malaria is endemic to certain parts of South and Southern Africa. The risk of contracting malaria is however very low as long as the necessary precautions are taken. Please contact a health care professional for the most current advice before entering a malaria area.

Malaria Risk Areas in South and Southern Africa

Mpumalanga Lowveld
Kruger National Park and Private Game Reserves bordering the KNP
Maputuland Coast of KwaZulu Natal
Northern Botswana
Northern Namibia

There are areas which are considered Medium Risk areas and precautions need only be taken by people who might be at greater risk, travelling to these areas during high risk periods (October to May)


  • Anti-malarial medication – for high risk areas at high risk times
  • Apply insect repellent between dusk and dawn on all exposed skin
  • Preferable to wear long sleeves between dusk and dawn
  • Coils and/or mosquito machines
  • Keep all doors and windows closed if not protected by screens
  • Spray insect repellent in areas that you will be sleeping in
  • Sleeping under a mosquito proof net
  • Use of a fan or air conditioner in the sleeping area

It is important to be aware that anti-malarial medication needs to be taken at least a week before entering a high risk area and continued for up to 4 weeks after leaving the area. A doctor or medical practitioner should be consulted in the case of people who might be at greater risk. Anti-malarial medication is also contraindicated and may have side effects. Please consult with your doctor or medical practitioner about the possible side effects.

Low Risk Malaria Areas

There are many areas within South Africa that offer fantastic game viewing opportunities free from the risk of malaria. These areas include the North West Province, certain parts of Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Northern Cape.

Please refer to the links below for more detailed information about Malaria and high risk groups or call the 24hr Malaria Hotline on +27 (0)82 234 1800.

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