Africa Travel Medical Considerations
Before departing for Africa here a some things we advice you to get prepared for in well in advance.
Before leaving on your safari we recommend that you inform your personal physician or contact a doctor in your country known for his medical knowledge who can prescribe any medication should they conclude that it is necessary.
We recommend that you take the following into consideration:
If you are traveling to the northeastern part of South Africa, including the lowveld near the Kruger National Park, or to any destination in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique or Zambia, it is recommended that you request anti-malaria prophylactics from your doctor. If you have children below the age of six its probably best to avoid the areas where malaria is a risk, as they are overly susceptible to contract these sicknesses at those ages,
Dust and pollen encountered in the various hunting areas may aggravate any allergies you might have. It is recommended that you consult your physician regarding precautions which can be taken in this regard. Although allergies can be triggered all year round, it is important to note that the advent of spring (September) is especially known as “allergy season”, due to the high occurrence of flowering plants. Remember to communicate any food allergies so that the hunting camp’s culinary staff is aware of what they cannot serve.
If you plan to arrive with prescription medication, we suggest that bring along your prescription as well as the original boxes/containers in which you received your medication. South Africa is generally less austere regarding controlled medications, but it’s nevertheless prudent to arrive prepared.
South Africa has world-class medical facilities and doctors who are, in some cases, regarded to be an authority in his or her chosen field. In the unlikely event that you should require emergency medical care we advice that you acquire travel insurance prior to your departure. We can offer medical or travel insurance if necessary.