Mahlatini have years of experience planning family safaris across Africa. Unfortunately malaria is a consideration in these trips and in the vast majority of cases families simply chat to their doctors about anti-malarial drugs suitable for children. That said it is understandable that some parents simply wish to avoid malarial areas altogether and opt for a malaria-free safari instead.
Although the majority of the areas in Africa do unfortunately have malaria there are some incredible wildlife areas that offer amazing experiences that are malaria-free. Being worried about malaria won't affect your chances of having and amazing safari experience.
The only country in Africa offering a Big 5 safari experience without malaria is South Africa whilst southern parts of Namibia can also offer unique wildlife experiences in malaria-free reserves.
The most popular malaria-free region of South Africa is the Eastern Cape. The area boasts several Big Five game reserves and is an ideal add-on to a Cape Town and Garden Route multi-centre holiday.
North of Johannesburg, Madikwe and Pilanesberg game reserves are famously child-friendly with lodges offering specially tailored programmes that use the African bush as a child's playground. Adventures such as bug collecting, bark rubbing and learning to track animals will keep little ones entertained while you catch up on some much needed down time.
An ideal twin centre itinerary for these reserves includes a stay at the Sun City resort, famous for its water park and a host of other activities such as horse riding, elephant back rides, zip slides, mini golf, arcade games and more.
The rest of the country is scattered with malaria-free options including the northern Waterberg region close to Johannesburg, parts of KwaZulu Natal province and the Cape Karoo area.
All of these malaria-free safaris can be partnered with a beach destination within South Africa or further afield in Mauritius or the Seychelles.
The malaria-free reserves can be visited at any time of year but wildlife sightings are arguably better during the cooler dry season (May to September) making it an ideal - and more comfortable - trip during our half-term and summer school holidays.
Some other destinations across Africa, northern Namibia for example, are very low risk particularly in the drier winter months of June to September.
Speak to your dedicated family expert at Mahlatini for recommendations best suited to you and your children.
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