Safari Travel Precautions to Take
- First of all you should check if the area you are going to visit is actual malaria infested.
Remember – there are large parts of Africa that are malaria free!
- If you are going to visit a malaria-infested area consult a doctor or a travel clinic. They will
provide you with all kinds of info about the medication to take. Listen properly to what the
doc is telling you and follow this. Stick to the schedule without forgetting to take your pill(s).
- Get yourself a mosquito net. They are not uber expensive and usually very light.
- Get yourself a mosquito repellent once you are there. Ask at a local pharmacy for their best
product and you’ll get a good one.
- Mosquito coils usually do a good job. They burn for up to eight hours. And mosquitoes hate
them. OK, some people don’t like the smell of it, but you should give it a try.
- Never forget that mosquitoes are attracted to light.
nasty little creatures.
- Clothing – shorts and shirts are no problem at all during the day, but during dusk and dawn
you should wear long trousers and a jumper/long sleeve. Mosquitoes are most active during
dusk and dawn.
- You are on safari and not on a big night out, so don’t use too much perfume/after shave.
Mosquitoes are more attracted to it than anyone else around you.
- Stick to the rules, don’t forget to take your medication and don’t think that you will not get
Malaria just because you just read this list!
Malaria is really nothing to joke around with. It is one of the major killing diseases in Africa –
around 350–500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide each year, and over one million
people die of it. As a visitor to malaria-infested regions, you are at risk of getting the disease.
The right precautions will minimize the risk, but it will not give you 100% protection.
Typical symptoms of malaria are:
If you have such symptoms and you are in a malaria area, or you have been to one recently it is
very important to see a doctor and to get tested. Malaria needs to get treated as early as
possible to prevent something worse from happening.