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Enjoy your Malaria Free Family Safari

For many, choosing a malaria free family safari provides peace of mind. The best place for a malaria free safari is South Africa, where a number of game reserves and regions are designated malaria free zones. There is no need to sacrifice excitement and adventure on a malaria free safari: the Big Five are found in South Africa's three malaria free regions: the game reserves of the Eastern Cape, the Pilanesberg area of the North West Province and Waterberg in the Northern Province. All three areas offer a wide choice of accommodation and a diverse wildlife. A malaria free family safari will appeal to pregnant women, families with young children and anyone who may be allergic or would prefer not to take anti malaria medication ahead of their vacation.

An Adventure Awaits

A family safari in the Waterberg is a trip into the heartland of the South African bush. 6000 square miles of unique ecosystem characterized by spell-binding vistas, low-lying mountain ranges, dramatic swooping valleys and winding rivers awaits you. The diversity of wildlife is up there with any safari region in Africa with around 75 mammal species including lions, leopards, black and white rhino, elephants, hippo, buffalo and in excess of 300 bird species. It's not just the wildlife that makes this region special. It is also alive with ancient tribal history including Stone Age artefacts and fascinating examples of San rock art dating back thousands of years. The Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province bordering Botswana has been a haven for endangered species since the South African government designated it a wildlife sanctuary in 1993.

Booking a Malaria Free South Africa Safari

Families who want to combine their family safari vacation with a trip to Cape Town or a drive along the Garden Route should head for the Eastern Cape, which is home to some of the country's most respected private conservation schemes. The Shamwari reserve is easily accessible from the Garden Route and features five unique ecosystems that are home to a wide variety of animal, plant and bird life including lions, elephants, cheetah, giraffe and hippo. The reserve boasts first class accommodation options and day and night game excursions and guided bush walks. Further along the Eastern Cape the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park is home to around 450 elephants as well as black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, and several species of antelope. A family safari in the Eastern Cape is ideally placed for a variety of South African tourist attractions and has everything a family on safari will need.