How big is the risk of contracting malaria?
In South Africa malaria occurs in a narrow geographical “belt” on the extreme eastern side of South Africa, comprising north-eastern side of the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and north-east KwaZulu Natal provinces. In conjunction to this very limited area, the months (season) that you visit, in correlation to the amount of rain that falls plays a big role. South Africa’s rainy season is November to April. If your visit is within this time frame, rainfal was average and/or above and you visit the eastern part of the country, it is advisable to take prohylactics. The larger part of the country is malaria free and should you visit the Freestate, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Gauteng or Northwest provinces during your stay there is no need to worry about malaria.The area we hunt in Namibia is also quite risk free.Mozambique most definitely is a risk area and hunting this country necessitates prophylactics as well as preventative measures such as sprays/lotions, clothing that covers ankles and wrists at dusk and dawn.
What “shots”/injections do we need to enter South Africa and prevent diseases?
NONE, whatsoever. The only exception to the rule is this, IF, you visited any other country within 6 months period PRIOR to your visit to South Africa where yellow fever is prevalent, you will need yellow fever inoculation. That is the ONLY exeption to the rule.The same apply for Namibia.Mozambique (depending the customs official you deal with) sometimes still insist on a yellow fever certificate.