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African Safari

Who does not have “African Safari” on his or her bucket list?

The biodiversity over the continent and the fauna that includes thousands of wild animal and bird species, makes Africa a destination for all.

The tranquility of the sunset over the flat lands and the adrenaline that comes from encountering lions and cape buffalos can be experienced all in one day.

Although numerous activities that suit any travel style and taste can be carried out in Africa, the safari is the most popular, where you can watch wild animals and take photographs.

Famous destinations and fascinating game parks may be found mainly in East and South African countries like Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.

Going on a safari trip without booking a pre-travel consult few weeks before departure is NOT a good idea.

Travellers should follow the basic travel health advice outlined in our Before You Go and While You’re There sections.

Yellow fever and malaria-infected mosquitoes, which call Africa home, should be avoided (See: Mosquito Safety section).

Malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccine are required in most African countries.

Even if your routing vaccines are up-to-date you may need special vaccines like rabies depending on your itenrary and planned activities (See: Vaccines)

African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), a disease only rarely seen among travellers, is transmitted by day-biting tsetse flies (Glossina)*. Wearing light-colored clothing (avoid wearing blue) seems to deter the flies. Insect repellents are only partially effective*.

Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are other diseases carried by insects that occur in East Africa, but they rarely affect travellers*. Other rare skin conditions include tungiasis), in which the female tunga sand flea penetrates and starts laying eggs under toe nails (prevented by avoiding sandals and wearing closed shoes).

Non-infectious health risks like injuries and animal hazards are far more common. For more information, please visit our While You’re There section.

Your travel doctor will be happy to help you prepare for your adventure of a lifetime!

Please note:

The information in this page is for educational purposes only. It is not the substitute to a formal travel consult with your travel doctor. The risks expressed are not exact and range from low to high depending on many factors like the length of stay and style of travel. Not all destination-specific general risks are listed on this page.


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