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Staying healthy on an African safari

STAYING HEALTHY ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI

An African safari is on most people’s bucket lists. Many people know the continent as a land of, poverty, predators, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, primates, and so on. Malaria has always been always one of the concerns for most of our clients before visiting the continent. Just like any destination on earth, there are some precautions/tips to be taken so as to have a successful holiday. Below are some the healthy precautions necessary for a successful safari in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Kenya.

Always drink packed bottled water.

While in Africa, do not tempt to drink unpacked/tap water. You should go the extra mile to make sure that your water bottle is well sealed and it should make some sound as you open it/break the seal. At African Wild Tours, we also advise our clients to use packed bottled water for brushing their teeth.

Vaccination

It is always important to visit your doctor before traveling to a particular destination. He should provide you with necessary vaccinations and these may include tetanus, diphtheria, and yellow fever. Not all vaccines are needed but at least due to recent outbreaks, a yellow fever vaccination has been made an entry requirement at most airports and boarders more so to travelers who are arriving from infected countries.

Do not swim in still waters.

In Africa, still waters tend to be infested with parasites such as bilharzia, amoeba and so on. In Uganda, only two lakes have proven safe for swimming, I.e. Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi. You can as well swim in swimming pools at hotels and safari lodges since they tend to treat the water.

Eat cooked food and vegetables.

It is important to eat cooked food and vegetables. Try to avoid salads and if you can’t do away with them, make sure you eat them at a genuine restaurant and are well washed. In Africa, fruits such as mangoes, pineapples, papayas, ovacadoes, and oranges and so on are always fresh. Make sure they are well cleaned and eat only the inside part.

Beware of the sunshine.

In Africa, the sun is more serious than it is in Europe and North America. It is useful to carry an insect repellent and a hat to avoid heat and sun burns. For this reason, most game drives are done in the morning and evenings. This is not only for human safety but also animals tend to go under shades and water banks trying to avoid the heat.

Malaria

This is much known of Africa. It is a serious disease and therefore taking malaria prophylaxes is a must do for someone intending to visit Africa. However, if the safety precautions are taken, the chances of acquiring the disease are minimal since the vector is most active in the evening and night hours. On your safari with African Wild Tours, you will always sleep on a bed under a mosquito net. We also advise that you carry your insect repellent because safaris being done in the wilderness, there are a number of insect that may bite you. These include; mosquitoes, tsetse flies, bees, wasps and so on.

Travel Insurance

It is important to purchase personal travel insurance before you travel to Africa. This is intended to protect you against risks that may occur in your journey. For those who purchase luxury safari packages with African Wild Tours, travel insurance is always included. Please inquire to know what is included in your insurance package.

If the above precautions are taken, your African Safari with African Wild Tours will be successful .

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  • Josh

    Thanks guys, this is supper important for my first safari. I have been worried, but now my worries look to be solved with these precautions.

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