With such a diverse range of ecological regions, there are so many exciting places in Africa that families can visit and still avoid the strain and apprehension that often comes with taking malaria tablets and entering areas that are prone to the disease. Of these regions, South Africa has to be one of our top choices, offering a wide range of malaria free game reserves and safaris that are sure to suit and excite families of all ages and sizes.
South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province is an area that provides visitors with a quaint and rewarding experience of the country, home to traditional villages, beautiful scenery, and very few crowds. Take a trip to the Eastern Cape and visit exciting reserves where sightings of the Big 5 come often. Shamwari Game Reserve is a prime example of one of these spectacular reserves: owned by a family, this private area is proof that malaria free regions do not hinder the safari experience. Shamwari boasts excellent viewings of the Big 5, and lodges like Riverdene Lodge and Sarili Lodge are excellent for families, offering engaging kids’ programmes.
Another great game reserve in the Eastern Cape has to be Amakhala Game Reserve, which is both malaria free and family friendly. The area was once farm land, but now offers up frequent viewings of lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah, zebra and antelope. Family friendly accommodation includes Hlosi Game Lodge, where the guides work very well with children and flexible programmes can be adapted to families with children. Leeuwenbosch Country House is another ideal option for families; the owners have young children themselves so they understand the concerns and needs of families when on holiday.
Madikwe Game Reserve
The Madikwe Game Reserve is the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa with acres of astonishing land and remarkable game viewing. It is a leading wildlife reserve and safari destination in South Africa and has a range of established accommodation, meaning you’ll easily find something suited to you. The reserve has a high game density which means safari drives are always exciting and eventful, providing guests with more leisure time for the rest of the day. For families, accommodation like Madikwe Safari Lodge and Madikwe Private Hills Lodge are ideal, both lodges have organized kids clubs and engaging activities that are sure to keep children entertained.
The Waterberg is a malaria free destination that combines the unrivalled natural beauty of the mountainous region with its enchanting history to make it a truly special destination to visit. The Waterberg Biosphere is saturated in history, with artefacts that date back to the Stone Age. Families can learn about the cultures of tribes like the Bapedi and the Tswana, as they admire the beauty and cultural depth of the region, as well as learn about the importance of agriculture to the area. Waterberg is also a good place for game viewing, with Waterberg Wilderness Reserve a great place to go to see a variety of animals. Families can stay at places like Leobo Private Reserve in the heart of the Waterberg Reserve and enjoy a unique holiday experience with plenty of activities and facilities.
For more information on malaria free destinations and trips to South Africa, visit our South Africa page or contact one of our experts on 020 7843 3500
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