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SA Safaris in Malaria-free Areas

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I am planning to visit South Africa in late April and would love to include a safari trip. As I will be 5 months pregnant (first baby) can anyone recommend parks / lodges in malaria-free areas? Also, does anyone know if malaria precautions are needed for Victoria Falls? Many thanks for any input. Pauline.

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    Hi Pauline

    Don't know specifically, but would not go to Kruger National Park.

    Check out www.malaria.org.za and www.travelclinic.co.za/html/malaria.html and try and communicate with them. Late April is not that warm as suggested as it starts to get winter - good weather though.

    Hope all(!) of you enjoy your visit :)

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    you need malaria med for Kugrer and Victoria Falls everywhere north of Joberg really. Check out Shamwari its malari free and they have the big 5. Also here bushmans Kloof is great but I wasnt there they were closed for reovations they are about 3 hours from capetown. Read my summary of our trip for more info. My wife and I just got back from our Honeymoon in South Africa. We Loved it! We flew South Africian Airways told them it was our Honeymoon and they upgraded us to Business class. We started out in Capetown at the Mt Nelson Hotel. Its a place that hasnt changed for about 50 years. It was charming it retains a Colonial English Feel. They upgraded us to a suite of rooms with champagne and flowers because of the honeymoon and the fact that winter is there low season. The Mt Nelson Breakfast was the best in Africa, they had cavier, champagne and smoked salmon on the Buffet. Next we flew to Port Elizabeth to a Private game reserve called Shamwari. Also wonderful two nights was just the right amount of time. Flew back to Cape Town and stayed in the winelands for 2 nights in Franschhoek at La Quartier francais, a really nice country inn. They also greated us with champagne. Dont miss the local wineries the wine is good and cheap we shipped a case home for about $65. Next we took the Blue train to Pretoria and yes more champagne. We transfred 2 hours to Sun city Lost Palace Hotel. It was something to see but more like disney than Africa. Sun city could be anywhere in the world, but it gave us a chance to golf and have a massage. Nextwe went to Mala Mala game reserve. The Animals were great and yes we did see the Big five. Finally we flew to Joberg were we stayed the night at the grace hotel in the suburb of rosebank. The Grace was just as nice as all the other hotels and we were told it was sake to walk within a few blocks of the hotel even a night. There was a very nice shoppiung complex there called the zone... we didour last minuet shopping and took in the new Tombraider movie. The movie costs about $8 for both of us. The Grace greated us with more champagne flowers and rose petals in the shape of a heart on the bed. Looking back We can't think of a better honeymoon. The weather was in the 70s in the south and in the 80s in the north in the day. It was cool a night. You will need warm clothes including a coat and maybe a hat for the game drives a night especially if you visit Shamwari. We used trans africa safaris out of cape town. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.


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