It is understandable that the risk of malaria can be a cause for concern for those looking to plan an African safari. There are numerous ways to avoid the disease, such as by taking antimalarial medication and using mosquito nets. But these may not be practical for everybody for health, or other reasons. And so you may be wondering if it is possible to avoid malaria zones altogether, but still enjoy a safari in search of the Big Five.
You'll be glad to know that South Africa fits the bill. The country is home to world-class national parks and all of the Big Five, as well as plenty of other animal species. And with the exception of the north-eastern part of the country, near the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique, there's no malaria. This means travellers to the country normally don't need to worry about medication or other means of protecting themselves. For these reasons, South Africa may be the best African destination for the elderly, or for those travelling with young children.
So, to help you plan your perfect safari, here’s our selection of recommended reserves, parks and lodges, where you can enjoy a malaria-free wildlife experience with peace of mind.