South Africa offers tourists some of the best safari experiences in the world, with game rangers and hotel staff making sure visitors have a memorable vacation. Unfortunately, malaria is a sad reality in Africa, with 25 April 2016 marking World Malaria Day and the UN promising to eradicate the virus by 2030. There are a number of organisations you can support to combat Malaria, one of which is Against Malaria Foundation.
If you are planning on going to Kruger Park or Victoria Falls we suggest you visit your local GP to receive a prescription of malaria tablets for your stay. This is highly recommended for families travelling with their children.
Luxury Safaris has a number of packages that offer a spectacular safari experiences without the worry of Malaria. Working your way from Cape Town down the coast to the Eastern Cape, you will be pleasantly surprised at the array of luxury private game reserves and National Parks you can enjoy on your road trip.
Here is an overview of our top three malaria free lodges:
Sanbona Game Reserve – if you’re after a short getaway from the bustle of the mother city, a three-hour drive will bring you to a majestic lodge with views over the vast Karoo landscape. Sanbona is a kid-friendly game lodge that promises to create an unforgettable holiday for you and your family. There are a variety of accommodation options (our favourite is the Dwyka Tented Lodge), which are surrounded by awe-inspiring rock formations that were once home to ancient Khoisan hunters. Rangers and staff at Sanbona take pride in offering an authentic African safari, with a variety of activities on offer from nature walks and boat safaris to bird watching and star gazing.
Botlierskop Game Reserve – in the heart of the Garden Route, nestled between the breath-taking Outeniqua Mountains and glistening beaches of the Indian Ocean, you will find this Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape. A 5-hour scenic drive from Cape Town will land you at this family owned game lodge. Sit out on their pool deck and watch the sunset over the mountains while enjoying authentic South Africa cuisine. Home to 4 of the Big 5, visitors will be given a chance to see lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos and hippo. Accommodation options include a tented lodge overlooking the wilderness, a bush villa and a large manor house.
Shamwari Game Reserve – voted as one of the top Malaria-free luxury lodges in South Africa, Shamwari lives up to its reputation – offering a world-class experience paired with magnificent wildlife sightings. Situated in the Eastern Cape, this lodge has accommodated everyone from Hollywood stars and renowned authors to wildlife photographers and acclaimed journalists. With six luxury lodges to choose from on the reserve, you’ll be able to sit out on any of their patios while elephants come and graze at your doorstep.
Undecided as to which game lodge to choose? Browse our packages and we can tailor make your dream safari holiday.