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Malaria-free safari: Ask the experts

Q. I’d love to take the children on safari but don’t want to dose them up
with malaria pills. Are there any malaria-free safari parks?

A. South Africa has more than 200 game reserves, some of which offer malaria-free safaris. The best options include Madikwe and Pilanesberg, both of which are ideal if you don’t want to take medication or are travelling with kids.

Kwandwe, for example, is home to more than 7,000 animals, including elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, cheetah, antelope and scores of other species. One of the best places to stay is the Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge.

Other nearby safari options, also widely featured by tour operators, include Shamwari and, in Addo National Park, famous for its 300-plus elephants, Goriah. Contact the specialist tour operator Mahlatini for more information.

– David and Mark

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