Safari Travel Advice
Safari Travel Health
The main health risk you are likely to encounter when heading to Africa on safari is malaria. Malaria is a disease spread by mosquitoes to humans, bringing symptoms similar to a bad dose of flu. For more information, visit: cdc.gov/Malaria/about/faqs.
Luckily the risk of malaria is one you are able to manage by taking care, and the CDC advises:
- Take antimalarial medication to kill the parasites and prevent becoming ill
- Keeping mosquitoes from biting you, especially at night by sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets, using insect repellent, and wearing long-sleeved clothing if out of doors at night.
Going on safari carries different risks to going on a city break, but the risks are equally as manageable with some forward planning. The main difference is that you will be in a country which does not have the infrastructure you may be used to, and you will be in remote places which makes it harder to communicate and evacuate should problems arise. Added to which, you will be in the presence of wild animals which can pose a threat to safety.
Being in a remote area also has its advantages in terms of safety – you are rarely in a threatening human environment as you may find in cities, and indeed terrorism does not concern itself with rural areas with a low density of people.
On a luxury safari you will be looked after from start to finish by a team both within your country and on the ground in the country you visit. If you listen to what they ask of you then you have no need to fear. Should anything occur, you will have expert problem solvers with local knowledge working on your behalf at any time of day or night to solve the problem.