Malaria is a potentially fatal disease caused by the biting of mosquitos. Mosquito’s that carry malaria can be found in malaria areas such as Northern and Eastern Mpumalanga, Northern KwaZulu Natal, the border areas of the Northern and North West Province as well as Mozambique.
Malaria risk is at its highest in the warmer and wetter months of November to April, however preventative measures are still advised in the reduced risk times. Malaria can be avoided by both anti-malaria medication prescribed by your doctor and personal protection measures such as mosquito spray applied to your skin.
Weather in SA
The climate in South Africa generally ranges from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of the country to temperate in the interior plateux, and subtropical in the northeast. Most of the country has warm sunny days and, and cool nights. Rainfall generally occurs during summer (November through March), although in the southwest around Cape Town, rainfall occurs in winter (from June through August).
When is the best time to go on Safari in South Africa
The best time to go on Safari in South Africa is from April to November. May to September is the dry season, where the grass is shorter which makes viewing easier, and the animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. In winter (from June through August), the mornings and evenings are cold but the days are still warm.
May and September are particularly wonderful because it is less cold and, especially from September- November, game viewing is excellent as this is the birthing season for most of the herbivores and predator activity is at a high.
The summer months are also wonderful to travel in, as you can have beautiful sunny days to relax by the pool and most lodges are much quieter at this time of year.
Important things to Pack
- Pack clothing for both hot and cold conditions (avoid bright colours if going on Safari)
- Warm gear – a warm jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves (particularly in winter and for Safaris)
- Raingear especially a raincoat
- Swim wear
- A cap/ hat
- A pair of comfortable shoes
- A pair of walking shoes
- Nightwear and underwear
- Malaria medication (as prescribed by your MD if required)
- Insect repellant for application to your skin (this can be purchased in South Africa)
- Any personal medication