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Malaria-Free Family Safaris

Malaria is a prevalent concern in many parts of Africa, and for families travelling with young children, it's essential to prioritise their safety and well-being. There are several reserves in Africa suitable for malaria-free family safaris, including Namibia's Namib-Naukluft, and some of the higher-altitude areas of Tanzania and Kenya's Samburu; yet, it's South Africa that offers the most popular family safari endeavours, and an opportunity to create lasting memories and introduce children to the wonders of the African bush. While malaria is a concern in some regions of the country, numerous malaria-free destinations cater specifically to families with young children.

Planning a family safari in South Africa is an exciting endeavour. This post will explore and explain the beauty and allure of malaria-free kid-friendly safaris in South Africa. Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of wildlife, adventure, and educational experiences designed to captivate young minds.

Malaria-Free Family Safaris Pangolin Tswalu Kalahari
Malaria-Free Family Safaris Lions Tuningi Madikwe

South Africa offers a welcome solution, allowing families to enjoy the thrills of an African safari without worrying about malaria transmission. These areas provide a safe and healthy environment for young explorers to engage with wildlife, immerse themselves in nature, and learn about conservation efforts in a malaria-free zone.

Many of the Safari Guru team have extensive years of living the safari life with our precious little ones, and we have learned the ins and outs of living amongst the risks and avoiding them. Today, as we meticulously plan our tailored journeys for each client, we carefully consider each traveller's needs and weave them seamlessly into our rewarding safari itineraries. We will combine several areas in South Africa for your peace of mind, offering risk-free travel without the need for anti-malarial medication.

From Cape Town and its spectacular wine regions to the most rewarding oceanic experiences with Africa's biggest congregation of southern-right whales in The Cape! And, of course, not to forget some of our flagship safari destinations, concluding an enriching and well-rounded holiday.

Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris
Malaria-Free Family Safaris

Tswalu Kalahari: Luxury in the Wilderness

Deep in South Africa's Kalahari lies one of Safari Guru's preferred properties. Located in South Africa's largest private reserve, this malaria-free area offers three luxurious lodges; Tswalu Kalahari with their Motse Suites, exclusive-use Tarkuni Homestead and, more recently, Loapi Tented Camp offering six private safari homes under canvas. Loapi is set to become Africa's top luxury tented safari camp. With at least 100 metres (330 feet) between each residence, guests are assured of solitude and seclusion with a dedicated Homathi (butler) and chef to take care of everything.

Tswalu Kalahari is an ultimate off-the-beaten-track luxury escape offering a vast variety of wildlife experiences, from meerkats to massive and majestic black-maned Kalahari lions. Aardwolf to Aardvark, and the chance to see the shy and endangered pangolin, Tswalu is a unique destination offering unrivalled safari activities for multi-generational families or parties of friends. 

Madikwe Game Reserve: A Family Safari Paradise:

Located in the North West province of South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve which Safari Guru Deon called home for many years, stands out as a premier malaria-free destination perfect for family safaris. This expansive reserve spans over 75,000 hectares (185,329 acres) and is home to an impressive diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five.

Madikwe boasts a range of family-friendly lodges and safari experiences tailored specifically to accommodate children of all ages. Expert guides lead educational bush walks, teaching young adventurers about animal tracks, plant identification, and the delicate balance of ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide opportunities for children to spot elephants, lions, zebras, and other fascinating creatures up close. Kids' clubs and specialised activities ensure that children remain engaged and entertained throughout their stay.

Welgevonden Game Reserve: Thrilling Wildlife Encounters:

Nestled in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve in Limpopo, Welgevonden Game Reserve offers another exceptional malaria-free safari experience suitable for families. With its picturesque landscapes and abundant wildlife, Welgevonden provides a captivating playground for both children and adults.

Family-friendly lodges within the reserve provide comfortable accommodations and tailor-made activities for young explorers. Game drives and bush walks, accompanied by knowledgeable guides, offer an immersive experience, allowing children to learn about animal behaviour, wildlife conservation, and the interconnectedness of nature. Engaging with local communities through cultural interactions and visits to nearby villages adds a valuable educational component to the safari experience.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve: A Family-Friendly Safari near the Garden Route:

Situated just a short distance, 65 km from the east coast of South Africa, close to the renowned Garden Route, in the malaria-free Eastern Cape. The Kwandwe Reserve is ideally located for a self-drive or fly-in safari and is the perfect add-on for families seeking a safari adventure combined with Cape Town and the Garden Route.

There is an abundance of things to do at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve to suit the whole family’s sense of adventure and holiday ambitions. For exclusive-use bookings at the villas and at the Ecca Lodge family suites, guests can design their own safari timetables with no minimum age restrictions, including game drives at flexible times of the day. Alongside morning and afternoon game drives, included in every stay is the opportunity to experience a walking safari (either to view big game or to enjoy the subtle, unseen wonders of the bush), a fishing safari, or a night drive.

Samara Private Game Reserve: A Conservation-Focused Experience:

For families seeking a safari experience combined with conservation education, Samara Karoo Reserve in the Eastern Cape is an excellent choice. This malaria-free reserve spans over 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres) and is home to abundant wildlife, including cheetahs, elephants, and various antelope species.

Samara offers family-friendly lodges and a range of activities designed to foster a love for nature and conservation in young hearts. Game drives provide opportunities to spot wildlife, while interactive children's activities, such as bug walks and junior ranger programs, allow kids to learn about the intricate web of life within the reserve. Visits to Samara's renowned cheetah conservation project provide a unique opportunity for children to witness firsthand the conservation efforts dedicated to protecting these magnificent predators.

Other malaria-free reserves in South Africa, including Pilanesberg National Park, which we recommend for day trips only, and Shamwari Game Reserve, all offer excellent wildlife viewing with highly trained safari guides and camp personnel.


Malaria-free, kid-friendly safaris in South Africa provide an ideal opportunity for families to explore the wonders of the African bush without compromising on safety or the quality of the experience.

From the luxury of Tswalu to Madikwe and Welgevonden's thrilling wildlife sightings, Kwandwe's educational encounters, and Samara's conservation focus, there is a destination to suit every family's preferences and interests. These malaria-free reserves offer an immersive and educational experience that will create lifelong memories for both children and adults. Embark on a family safari adventure in South Africa's malaria-free zones and watch as your children's eyes light up with awe and wonder in the presence of Africa's magnificent wildlife.

Let Safari Guru start planning your malaria-free safari adventure in South Africa today, take a peak at our Top 4 Short Safari Ideas if you’re only planning a quick getaway outside of high-risk malaria season!

If you're already planning a South Africa adventure, let us help you with a better understanding of South Africa’s Safari Requirements.

Motse Camp Suite Tswalu kalahari


A wide range of family-friendly activities are available from the Tswalu Motse Suites to cater to the interests and ages of every family member. Guided game drives led by experienced rangers offer thrilling opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife, including the Kalahari's iconic black-maned lions, cheetahs, and rare species such as pangolins and aardvarks. The guides are knowledgeable and skilled at making the experience exciting and educational for children, ensuring that the entire family can learn about the intricate ecosystems and fascinating inhabitants of the Kalahari.

Tswalu Kalahari goes beyond traditional game drives, offering unique experiences that will leave a lasting impression on the whole family. Children can participate in activities such as bush walks, where they will learn about tracking animals and identifying indigenous plants and conservation-focused experiences, such as visiting the research and veterinary facilities to learn about the reserve's ongoing conservation projects. They can also enjoy interactive sessions with local San Bushmen, who share their ancient traditions, storytelling, and survival skills.  More about Tswalu Motse Suites ...


Tswalu Tarkuni is an oasis of intimacy, a retreat accommodating up to ten guests on an exclusive-use basis, making it perfect for multi-generational families, friends, or groups seeking a uniquely personalised experience. This private homestead is a testament to the commitment of Tswalu Kalahari to provide exclusivity, allowing you to create cherished memories in the company of your loved ones without the distractions of the outside world.

The name "Tarkuni" resonates with a sense of exclusivity and warmth. It's more than a place to stay; it's a home away from home, a private escape that offers you the freedom to explore the beauty of the Kalahari at your own pace. Whether you're seeking a quiet retreat, a family adventure, or a special celebration, Tarkuni private house is a haven where your desires and aspirations become a reality.  More about Tswalu Tarkuni Homestead ...

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