Timbavati has very few to no cases of malaria on an annual basis. The aim of the control programme is to control the mosquito numbers in and around camps in the reserve.
Mosquito numbers are highest during the wet summer months of the year and during these months all camps are sprayed at regular intervals. This action ensures that the probability of any visitors contracting malaria is reduced.
Coupled with this action, the Department of Health, performs regular checks in summer, whereby all staff are tested to ascertain if there are any “carriers” amongst them. Such people will put their colleagues at risk of infection and by timeously treating these individuals, further cases are avoided.