Safari Health & Travel Safety
Health: If you are thinking of visiting Tanzania for your Africa Holiday, it is recommended that you seek your doctor’s consultation before travel and get advice as to the appropriate medications and inoculations for their safari. It is quite important that you take your medication under careful instructions for the full duration indicated. Please note the Yellow fever inoculation or vaccine is required in order to travel to Tanzania
To overcome the effects of long flights, jetlags and avoid dehydration during your safari, it is important that you drink a considerable high amount of fluids like juice, bottled water. Coffee and tea do not count as they are both diuretic. In the unlikely event that you feel ill during your Safari trip, please make your driver-guide or local representative aware, as soon as possible so that appropriate action or another alternative can be taken.
Malaria: It is a potentially fatal disease that sickens hundreds of millions and kills one to three million each year. The disease is transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito which is not to be taken lightly. Certain factors influence the risk of contracting malaria while on safari to Tanzania. For instance -lying equatorial swamp areas pose an all year round high risk area, while a dry Montana plateau set at subtropical latitude carries zero risk, and places falling between these extremes often show a marked seasonal pattern – medium to high risk in the wet summer months with low to no risk in the dry winter alternatively.
Remote areas are usually considered safer as they present lower risk of contracting malaria due to less population of people acting as vectors for malaria. All in all always remember to take malaria prophylaxis when in doubt. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Advice to avoid mosquito bites
-Through your mode of clothing, you can lessen the risk by avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes.
– Wear long sleeved shirs, trousers and socks
– As a preventive measure, douse any exposed skin with a good mosquito repellent shortly before it gets dark (the anopheles mosquito is active at dawn and dusk),
– At night, always make sure that you sleep under a net when provided.
– in the event that you start experiencing any combination of headache, fever, nausea, flu-like aches or disorientation within three months of returning home, visit a medical facility and make sure that you get an impromptu medical check, get yourself tested immediately – just like any other ailment, malaria responds best to treatment when detected early.
Sunburn on safari in Africa:
The African sun is scorchingly strong and can a bit harmful. To protect yourself from sunburn make sure that you use lots of sun block and a hat especially if you are on foot, in a boat, in an open vehicle or in any open area where you get direct sun rays. That tan may look good for a few days after you get back home from Tanzania safari holiday, but skin cancer is a high risk for everybody – especially fair-skinned people so it is advisable to use sun screen products, you can read more on what to pack while on safari to Tanzania.
Water on safari:
It is highly recommended that you drink plenty of water while on your long haul flight to Africa or while on safari to limit the effects of dehydration, particularly during the warmer months of the year. Be advised that , coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages act as diuretics and can therefore cause dehydration. You should never drink tap water, however it can be used for brushing your teeth and taking shower/bathy. Most Safari lodges in Tanzania provide bottled water. To limit the effects of dehydration we suggest that you drink 2-3 liters of water per day.
Please Note: At times, you can experience reduced water supply and as such you are advised to limit your use of water at Hotels, Lodges and Camps. Make sure that you avoid wastage where possible. If towels can be reused, hang them on the towel rack. Use water sparingly during such times
Bugs: While on your safari in Tanzania, you cannot rule out the possibility of being bitten by lots of bugs and get lots of itchy swellings (tsetse flies in certain areas are the worst culprits). Carrying a good anti-histamine cream is important as it usually reduces swelling and itchiness. Check your body for ticks after every bush walk and at least once a day even if you are not walking.
General Safety in Africa
You are probably always unsettled by the bad news you see on TV regarding Africa? It is important to remember two things. Firstly remember that bad news sells and that is why you see so much of it. Secondly remember that the continent of Africa is huge and is home to 54 recognized sovereign states and countries. Of course,there are trouble spots in Africa, but the areas in which you will spend time are far away from those trouble spots, Tanzania is one of these safest places.
The continent of Africa is no different to the rest of the world. So if you are staying in a town or city during your trip, you should ask for advice from the local representative or hotel staff concerning safe places to visit. However safe Tanzania is, always do take precautions, walking at night is not recommended. If you want to take a taxi make sure that it is arranged by your local representative or by the hotel and a price agreed before starting the trip. Always avoid wearing expensive jewellery at any time during your trip.
Please take precautions as you would in your home country by doing the following.
• Avoid wandering around the streets after dark.
• Ask your local representative about unsafe areas and avoid them.
• Expensive jewellery should be left at home when travelling, if you are to wear a watch, a cheap plastic watch will do.
• Avoid carrying your valuables where you feel unsafe.
• Your money and passport should be kept in a money belt and out of site or can be left in a safe at your hotel.
• Dress like a local or at least casually
With regards to your safety in Tanzania: We would like to bring to your attention that most of the days of your African holiday in Tanzania will be spent in a relatively remote and wild areas that are safe and enjoyable places.
When booking an African holiday in Tanzania with Active Kilitop and Safaris, you are expected to ensure that you carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself , as well as any dependents and traveling companions for the duration of your tour to Africa.
Your insurance should include coverage in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities: cancellation or curtailment of your safari holiday, medical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, repatriation expenses, damage, theft or loss of personal baggage, money and goods .
It is important you note that Kilitop and Safaris will take no responsibility for any costs for losses incurred or suffered by you, your dependents or traveling companions, with regards to, but not limited to, any of the above mentioned eventualities. You will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services you may require, you may not be able to access such services should you fail to carry the relevant health insurance coverage.