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    Health and Vaccinations

  • You’re likely to need vaccinations depending on where you’re travelling. Consult your Doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel to allow time to complete any courses of vaccinations – some are taken over several weeks.

  • Malaria is also present across parts of Africa, so you may need to take anti-malarial medication. Wearing long sleeves and trousers is also advised, as well as insect repellent. This also protects against dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases. Remember, malaria can develop up to a year after exposure, so keep an eye on any flu like symptoms.

  • Yellow Fever. Over the past year or so, the regulations regarding yellow fever jabs have changed for Tanzania and east Africa and so, today, if you have stayed or passed through a yellow fever country (mainly the band of countries around the equator), then you will be asked to show a yellow fever certificate. Similarly, if you are heading to another yellow fever country from Tanzania (such as Mozambique), then that country will ask you to show a valid certificate. It is something that they are very strict on and so something worth keeping in mind. Your yellow fever jab now lasts a lifetime.

  • Extreme heat and dryness can affect children badly – use sunblock and hats, keep them (and yourselves!) well hydrated a cool box will be in your vehicle for drinks on your game drives.

  • Some parts of Tanzania can get extremely cold during winter months, especially in the early morning. Check the climate information for your safari destinations and if it gets chilly pack warm layers, along with hats and gloves.

  • Some cities have good health facilities, while rural areas may only provide the most basic healthcare. Comprehensive travel insurance is essential – covering all activities you are expecting to participate in, as well as emergency repatriation.

  • Tap water is generally unsuitable to drink across Africa.

  • Bring a basic first aid kit and medication for sickness and diarrhoea if you’re planning to visit any of Africa’s more remote regions. (It is useful to bring plasters, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, electrolytes, mosquito-repellent)

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