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Malaria-free safari alternative to the Kruger National Park

safari The trip to Africa confronted us with the topics of malaria and malaria-free safari.
Many people, perhaps you too, are extremely afraid to infect themselves with malaria on their journey through South Africa or other countries.

If you are affected by this fear and have not visited the African continent for this reason, we would like to give you a great and malaria-free safari alternative to the Kruger National Park.
But let’s start at the beginning!

Not all African countries are 100% malaria

Our Namibian route led us to the majority through malaria-free areas and also South Africa is a country in which you are not permanently in a Malariagebiet!

However, when we visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa, we stayed for 7 days in a Malariage area.
Here, the risk of infection is given and e.g. By large human masses, is higher and more likely to be higher in percentage terms than in other parts of South Africa.

In order to prevent malaria we did not use any stand-by medicine and no tablets like malarone or similar means, but had only this  mosquito spray or mosquito spray , which by the high DEET content worked very well (also perfect for the Asia vacation or The lake in Germany, where mosquitoes are so abundant). The spray is currently sold out, but * HERE * you find a good alternative, which we have always used during our Thailand holidays!
When we did not use the spray, we were stabbed a few times, but fortunately we were not infected by a mosquito with malaria. If you are a backpackers then you should know to mosquito protection tips.

Malaria – a deadly risk?

Before we come to the topic of malaria-free safari and a very good and beautiful alternative to the Kruger National Park, let’s take a brief look at malaria!

The media in Western countries are often afraid of malaria.
In the news you always hear how many people, e.g. In Africa, die of malaria!
This is also true, but fear is largely unfounded!

Do not get us wrong, malaria can be fatal, but the prospects for healing are very good.
If you are physically in good shape, notice the contagion quickly and then you go to a hospital immediately, as a rule, nothing worse happens to you!

 

In Africa, many people die from malaria because they can not afford the doctor and the drugs, the disease is not properly interpreted, or because the way to a hospital, with the right drugs, is just too far!

So if you are fit (from where we go when you go to a foreign and distant continent like Africa), you look at the “malaria signs” and if you go directly to a hospital in case of suspicion, malaria is probably not Deadly go out!

Nevertheless, precaution is recommended by a * spray *, tablets or at least in the evening longer and bright clothes or beige * safari clothing *, advisable!
Discuss the topic best with your doctor / tropical medicine and make yourself also smart (internet, experience reports and co.).

Malaria-free safari in the Welgevonden Game Reserve – the Kruger National Park alternative

If your fear of malaria is still too great or if you are not in the best physical condition, but if you like to go to South Africa and do a safari, we have a really great Kruger National Park alternative for you, where a malaria-free safari is no problem!

What is meant is the Welgevonden Game Reserve!

The Welgevonden Game Reserve is just 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on traffic) of Johannesburg, more specifically in the “Waterberg District” of the Limpopo province and is therefore perfect for your Africa holiday and a malaria-free safari.

The Game Reserve is not only a highlight because it is NOT a malaria area and really is considered as a completely malaria-free zone, but also because of the many beautiful animals that you can see there over 38,000 hectares of land.

Large Kudu bull

Travel and accommodation in the Welgevonden Game Reserve

Traveling from Johannesburg by car and navi should not be a problem for you.
When you arrive at the Welgevonden Game Reserve entrance you pass a gate, park your car and then a ranger of your accommodation should wait for you, because you can not go around with your own car.

Next, your baggage is packed into the ranger’s van or trailer, followed by a brief “check-in”, where you will get some snacks and drinks, and you will start your journey towards accommodation.

There are many  different accommodations  at the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
Here we can recommend the Ekuthuleni Lodge and the Tshwene Lodge from our own and very positive experience – both Lodges have something for themselves, but later on.

 

 

Sydney – A lot of sightseeing for little money and extra tips

sydneThat life in Australia’s cities is expensive is no secret.
So today we would like to give you some tips on how to get a lot of sightseeing in Sydney for little money.

Sightseeing in Sydney for little money

In Sydney, there are many great things to see and some that you can even see completely free.

1) New Year’s Eve in Sydney (free)

Let’s start with the highlight!
This is the New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Sydney.
We had the best view directly before the opera with a view of the Harbor Bridge.
It cost us no entrance and with luck you have a very good place, provided you are there early enough (best from 10 or 11 in the morning).

Take food for the day with you, so you will not have to stand in the way of your unforgettable opera, the Slivesterfest.

However, avoid taking alcohol, this is not permitted and every bottle and backpack is checked.
If you want something to drink, you can buy something on the spot (the prices, of course, are somewhat more expensive).

Check out our New Year’s Eve in Sydney video here.

2) The opera

Sydney Opera House – a must for every visitor to Sydney and therefore one of the most photographed buildings and things in Australia.opera house

Together with Uluru, the opera is at the top of the “Things to do and see” slips of tourists.
The crescent-shaped building is located directly at the port and attracts loads of people every day.
It is definitely magical to watch the opera at sunset – especially in the interaction with the Harbor Bridge and Sydney’s skyline!

3) Botanical Garden – Royal Botanic Garden (free)

 Botanical Garden - Royal Botanic GardenThe Botanical Garden is located directly at the Opera House.
It is best to visit the opera with a long walk through the Botanical Garden.
Plenty of sightseeing in Sydney for little money.

Also here you do not pay entrance, you see a really nice park and walk along the harbor directly to the opera.

Here you will find our sightseeing in Sydney video, with impressions of the Botanical Garden, the Opera and Co.

4) Paddy’s Markets (free)

In the middle of Chinatown are Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets.

The Paddy’s Markets are made up of large halls, where you will find many useful and crazy things besides cheap souvenirs, clothes, fruit, vegetables and many more.Paddy's Markets
Most of the souvenirs you will probably not be able to use, but you can find some great and useful things in between.

Cheap postcards, sunglasses and the like can be found there at reasonable prices.
Even acting is allowed …

TIP:
Shortly before the end, you can make a real bargain at the fruit and vegetable market!

5) By ferry to Manly

If you have more time, take a day trip by ferry to Manly.
The ferry is easy to use with the OPAL maps, with which you can use the complete public transport in Sydney.

Particularly worthwhile is the return from Manly to the harbor, as the sun slowly sinks behind the opera and skyline of Sydney!

 

Manly is a beautiful and popular place, of course, directly by the sea.
Jumping from the ferry boat, go out of the port through a small shopping street and end up at the long beach, right by the sea.

Here you can find our Manly video.

6) Bondi to Coogee Walk (free of charge)

You know for sure the famous Bondi Beach.
There is also the Bondi Icebergs Club with the ingenious pool, directly at the sea!

From Bondi you can walk along the sea to Coogee.
The Bondi to Cogee Beach Walk is a wonderful way along many cliffs, beaches and with great views of the sea!

You should schedule a minimum of 2 hours of time depending on the number of stops and time spent on benches.
Seems the sun, also think of drinks and sun protection!

More in our Bondi Beach video.

7) Harbor Bridge (free)

Harbor BriThe Harbor Bridge is another Sydney landmark, next to the Opera House.
Directly next to the opera, the Harbor Bridge officially opened on March 19, 1932, connects the north and south coasts.

A walk across the Harbor Bridge is free of charge and offers you an amazing view!

However, if you have an extreme view and nerve kitzel, you can also make the bridge climb and climb up.

 

Extra tips:

On Sundays you can go with the OPAL cards all day for $ 2.50.
No matter where, how far and how often.
Even a trip to the Blue Mountains costs no more than $ 2.50!

The OPAL cards are often available at supermarkets, petrol stations or kiosks – you can also recharge them there.

When entering and exiting the bus, station or ferry, you will be charged your card to a scouting station and the price will be deducted automatically.

From us there is definitely a thumbs up, just on Sundays where many families are traveling and most people have free, this is very friendly, the families or generally locals and tourists opposite.

Another thumbs up Sydney from us, for the many “water bodies”.
Small stations where you can drink something for free, or usually fill up your empty water bottle.

There are also many public toilets.
Absolutely TOP!

Accommodations in Sydney are not particularly cheap.
For a room in a hostel, you will pay less for a double room, but there are also great student accommodation with a common kitchen like the Glebe Space or the Racecourse Space, with extremely fast Wi-Fi. We can recommend both accommodation!
The Glebe Space is also very central.

If you are traveling by car or campervan, we can highly recommend the Lane Cove River Caravan Park, the campsite is a bit off Sydney and right in a national park.

There is also a good train connection to the city and the national park is very recommendable for hiking!

Alternatively, we can call you the Sheralee Tourist Caravan Park, which is located in Randwick, near the airport.

On our first stay there everything was ok.
However, during the second stay everything was dirty, siffig and in the kitchen hundreds of ants were busy.
Also beer bottles were 2 days at the same place in the bathroom and nothing was cleaned.

So choose as a campground and starting point for trips into the city, if you have your own car, rather the Lane Cove Tourist Caravan Park!

 

If you want to travel to Sydney or are currently in Sydney, we hope to have given you some helpful and great tips with this post.

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