How to Stay Malaria-free During Your Safari Vacation

Flying to South Africa for an exciting safari adventure is a dream come true for many travelers, but the possibility of contracting malaria can dampen one’s enthusiasm. Malaria is indeed a serious threat, but a female mosquito shouldn’t stop you from fulfilling this one item in your bucket list. You can stay in South Africa and fly back home unharmed if you take the necessary precautions before and during your vacation.

Don't let a mosquito ruin your safari experience.
Don’t let a mosquito ruin your safari experience.

According to the National Health Service UK, malaria can often be avoided using the ABCD approach to prevention:

Awareness of risk

Before you book your plane ticket and accommodations, you should take care of preventative treatment first if you’re planning to visit a risk area. Check the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) or Fit for Travel websites for verification.

Bite prevention

Getting out of a mosquito’s way is the best prevention there is and this means doing everything it takes to lessen the chances of being bitten by one. Booking accommodations in a malaria-free resort such as Ivory Tree Game Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park gives you the peace of mind that you need to enjoy your vacation thoroughly. Choose an air-conditioned room that has full screens on its windows, doors, and other openings.

Stay in an enclosed, air-conditioned room.
Stay in an enclosed, air-conditioned room.

If air-conditioning is not available, make use of a mosquito net to keep the insects at bay. Before you go to sleep, slather or spray on insect repellent on your skin. Make sure that your repellent contains DEET (diethyltoluamide), the most effective ingredient in keeping insects away.

Check whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets

Antimalarial tablets greatly reduce your chances of getting malaria. Check with your doctor to make sure you get the right medication and follow the prescription advice carefully. Most medications will require you to take your meds up to four weeks after your trip back home. This ensures that you will be safe during the incubation period. Some medications may have side effects, so make sure you have this checked with your doctor too, especially if you have other health problems or taking other medications.


There’s only a slim chance that you’ll get malaria after all the preventative measures, but one can’t be too careful. If you feel sick during or after your vacation, you must head straight to the doctor and get yourself checked right away. Malaria progresses quickly once it enters your system, so diagnosis is very important for effective treatment.

If you’re looking for a safe and exciting safari adventure, then staying at the malaria-free environment of Pilanesberg National Park is a great choice. It is close to Sun City and is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Johannesburg.

A five-star, malaria-free safari experience awaits you.
A five-star, malaria-free safari experience awaits you.

Book now at Ivory Game Tree Lodge for luxury accommodations and fun-filled activities for couples, families, and group travelers.