Malaria Free Safaris

If you are looking for Big 5 safari in a malaria free zone, then the best place for your next African safari adventure is South Africa. There are three malaria free regions here including the Waterberg in the Northern Province, the Pilanesberg area of the North West Province, and the numerous safari reserves in the Eastern Cape. You are spoilt for choice in terms of accommodation and diversity of wildlife and birdlife and you may want to consider combining your malaria free South Africa safari with a stay in Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route. A malaria free safari is perfect for families with younger children, pregnant women and for those who do not like the idea of taking anti malaria medication or who have a known sensitivity to its ingredients.

The Waterberg is a 6000 square mile Biosphere Reserve with an ecosystem best described as dry deciduous forest or bushveld. The landscape is dominated by spectacular vistas, low mountain ranges, rivers, streams, swamps and scenic valleys and the atmosphere is wild and remote - a place that is far off the beaten track and one of South Africa's best kept secrets. It is steeped in ancient history with some excellent examples of San rock art and Stone Age artefacts. The region is inhabited by 75 mammal species including big game like elephant, lion, leopard, black and white rhino, hippo and buffalo as well as more than 300 species of bird.

Madikwe Game Reserve is a family friendly South Africa safari reserve situated in the North West Province, straddling the border with Botswana. It is a game viewing and birdwatchers paradise and a great place to see the Big 5, wild dog, cheetah and many other endangered species. The habitat is diverse and varies from acacia savanna to riverine vegetation. The Reserve was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1993 when the South African government sponsored the relocation of 8000 heads of game including cheetah, wild dog, hyena and lions. The project has been highly successful with the latest head count exceeding the 12000.

The Eastern Cape is home to some of South Africa's most successful private conservation initiatives. Shamwari is one of the biggest Reserves in the Eastern Cape and a natural extension to the scenically beautiful Garden Route. The Reserve boasts five unique ecosystems and supports a huge diversity and plant, animal and bird life including the Big 5 as well as good numbers of cheetah, wild dog, hyena, zebra, giraffe and hippo. The accommodation is luxurious and activities include day and night game drives, bush walks with highly experienced guides and getting involved in the conservation projects at the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary. Families are welcome at Shamwari and children are well look after.

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