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Malaria free game reserve is really malaria free?

by GracesTrips Online Now Aug 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

We will be staying at the Nedile Lodge Game Reserve in October. The lodge advertizes it is malaria free. After a few days there we will drive back to Johannesburg and fly to Cape Town. Should we still take medication for malaria prophylaxis?

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    Re: Malaria free game reserve is really malaria free?

    by CatherineReichardt Online Now Aug 25, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Hi Grace
    This is where the VT database really doesn't help. The Welgevonden where you're intending to stay is not in the location shown by the VT map: it's actually several hundred kilometres north west in the Waterberg. The initial location that the VT map indicates is on the margin of a malarial region, but the Waterberg is NOT malarial.
    Anyway, you should be taking precautions against getting bitten in the first place, whether or not the area is malarial or not, as mozzie bites are not just uncomfortable and unsightly, but may trigger allergic reactions in some people. Mozzies are most active between sundown and sunrise, so cover up with long sleeves and trousers after dark, use an insect repellent spray, use a mozzie coil or other device in your room and sleep under a mosquito net (the lodge will most probably have these anyway)
    No malarial risk in Jo'burg or Cape Town.
    Hope this helps.
    Regards
    Cathy

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