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Safety and Health in East Africa

Safety and Health in East Africa

A number of health, wellbeing and safety considerations are outlined below.

Security

East Africa is, on the whole, a safe and friendly region. It is still important to use common sense and take precautions that you would in any other travel destination.
There is access to safes in lodges and camps.
East Africa does have a considerable amount of poverty, and avoiding temptation by leaving valuables unattended is sensible. Similarly, it is not a good idea to wear expensive jewellery or watches.

Health

We recommend consulting your doctor or travel health clinic well in advance of your departure for professional medical advice regarding health precautions. Such a consultation will ensure you have information on inoculations (for example, it is necessary to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever to enter Tanzania, where you must show a current medial certificate to this effect).
Should you have any health conditions that may influence the design of your itinerary, or limit the activities you can undertake, you should make this known during the planning stages.
You should also consult your doctor or travel health clinic for the latest information on malaria prophylactics.

There is malaria in East Africa, the extent and severity varies over time and region. Malaria is best avoided by not being bitten by a mosquito. We recommend a good insect repellent, sleeping under a mosquito net or in a mosquito proof tent, and during evening long sleeved trousers and shirts, ensuring ankles and feet are also covered, as mosquitos are often under tables and chairs.

A basic medical kit is always to hand at the lodges and camps we visit, however we advise you carry your own basic medical kit as well as any specialist or prescription medications you will need.

Flying Doctors

The Flying Doctors Service is the largest Air Ambulance Service in East Africa and has been serving the community for many years.
They offer temporary membership which covers emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital or medical centre of international standards, ensuring that anyone requiring medical assistance can be transferred to hospital within a few hours.

Their Air Ambulances are fully equipped with the kind of equipment you would find in a standard ambulance, and they travel with qualified medical personnel.

Sun and Dehydration

Being equatorial, the sun is closer to the earth. Many of the safari destinations in East Africa are also at high altitudes, often around 2000 metres (6000 ft), this combined with the latitude means that the sun is that much closer, and therefore visitors need to be even more careful to avoid any negative effects such as sun burn and heat stroke.

Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential everyday items. It is very important to drink plenty of water, dehydration can set in quickly, especially if diuretics such as cola or coffee are consumed frequently.

Diet

The lodges and camps we visit provide a high standard of cuisine.
Most menus are set, so it is important for us to know any dietary requirements, allergies, preferences, and other diet related requests well in advance.
Dietary forms will allow you to pass on all necessary information to us in order that we can ensure that the food and beverages served on safari are to your taste and requirements.