Recall the old adage ‘health is wealth”? It rings particularly true when on a safari or a holiday. Your health and safety is compromised and out goes your chance of a dream safari and shot at some real adventure. Now that’s not a particularly uplifting thought, is it? Worry not. Follow our lead and secure your memorable safari. Adhering to the following precautions and procedures can reduce your risks and accord to good protection. To begin with – A comprehensive and travel and health insurance is a must.
The climate in Tanzania is warm and humid and is conducive for a host of tropical diseases. Get the mandatory and required shots before you undertake the trip.
Be a responsible tourist and get all the necessary and mandatory vaccinations
Vaccines recommended by WHO-
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis; Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR); Hepatitis A; Polio; Typhoid
Boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, and measles are recommended if already vaccinated
Mandatory vaccines- Rabies, Influenza, Cholera, Hepatitis B.
Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent throughout Tanzania. Carry anti-malaria tablets and take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The prophylactic regime should be taken without missing doses. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers in evenings and utilize mosquito nets.
Avoid drinking tap water and ice in drinks. Use bottled or filtered water to drink and brush. Carry water purification tablets,
Do not bathe in rivers or lakes – there is a significant danger from wildlife as well as water-borne diseases such as bilharzia.
On the safari
Always follow your driver or guide’s advice when on a safari or around wildlife.
Don’t venture out on your own in the safari
Don’t annoy, provoke or attract the attention of any wild animal. They are called wild for a reason.
Steer clear of Hippos and have your boots on a walking safari
Broad rimmed hat, good quality sunglasses and sunblock lotion chapstick with SPF to protect yourself from sunburns and sunstrokes
General safety tips
Be discreet with cash, and expensive jewellery
Don’t venture to dark alleys or deserted suburbs on your own after dark
The roads are bad and self-driving can be risky, especially after dark. Mugging and carjacking are not unheard of