Health

Malaria:
Malaria is present in many areas on the African continent. You should be aware of this disease especially during the rainy season (from December to April, depending on the region). It is advisable to consult your doctor or pharmacist about malaria prophilaxis. We recommend to prevent getting bitten by using the right precautions against mosquito bites.

Basic Rules, how to avoid getting bitten:

  • keep the tents mosquito nets closed at all times!
  • wear long pants and shirts after dark!
  • use insect repellent! Use it frequently!
  • 70% of the mosquito bites are under the knees!

Medication:

  • daily tablets: Atovaquon + Proguanil combination (Malarone®), in South Africa called Malanil
  • Chloroquine and Paludrine combination
  • weekly tablets: Lariam, Mefliam, Mefloquine
  • Lariam can have many side effects, but is 95% effective, whereas the daily tablets are only about 30% effective.
    Be aware that most prophylaxis have to be taken one week before and four weeks after visiting a malaria area. This is the incubation period. If you are feeling ill once the tour has ended, please request a malaria test from your doctor/clinic.

Yellow Fever, Cholera and other Inoculations / Vaccinations:
Travelers should check with their doctor, district surgeon or pharmacist for the current inoculation requirements and documentation for the countries that will be visited. See trip fact sheets for more details. Doctors or pharmacists will also advise on hepatitis vaccinations and immune system boosters. Please note that should border control requirements vary,Out of Africa Safaris does not take responsibility for any person being denied access to any country.

Latest information:
Tropen- und Reisemedizinische Beratung Freiburg,
Dr. Rosemarie Mazzola
Häge 20
79111 Freiburg
Telefon 07 61 / 3 41 00 – Fax 07 61 / 3 39 16
eMail: info@tropenmedizin.de
www.tropenmedizin.de

First aid:
All vehicles are equipped with a basic first aid kit, which is available to travelers in case of emergency.

Personal medication:
Should travelers have any particular ailments requiring specialized medication, they should ensure that sufficient stocks are taken on the expedition, and not expect to purchase them along the way. We suggest that passengers also carry their own personal first aid kit (list of contents given below). We try as far as possible to accommodate any special requests with regard to the carrying of these medicines, but will not be held responsible for the damage or loss thereof, should this occur. Please note that if travelers are carrying prescription medicine, a copy of the prescription must be carried. Travelers should advise the road crewmembers of any particular health conditions, e.g. diabetes/epilepsy, and any treatment or actions that may be required in the event of an emergency. This information will be treated confidentially.

Suggested contents of personal first aid kit (please confirm with doctor or pharmacist):
Plasters
antiseptic cream (e.g. Betadine)
headache tablets
anti-diarrhea (e.g. Immodium)
rehydration salts
tablets for stomach cramps
bandages
mild antibiotics for colds and skin irritations (check with pharmacist)
Deep Heat
personal prescription medication with prescription

Comment from management::
We have organized nature tours for 17 years. Except for two cases of malaria (both of them tour guides) and one scorpion bite (also a tour guide) we did not have any major medical problems.

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