Health and Safety - Travel Advisory for an African Safari
Safari365 strongly advises that you take comprehensive health insurance prior to your African safari and consult the World Health Organisation recommendations for travel in Africa.
Malaria is a widespread risk throughout Africa, therefore it is important to consult with your medical practitioner or travel clinic three months before departure or as soon as your holiday has been booked. If you’re heading to malaria-endemic regions, the prophylactic regime should be taken without missing doses.
There is no risk of yellow fever in Southern Africa, but as it is contagious, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into certain African countries. This may be obtained from the travel clinic where you received the Yellow Fever Vaccination.
HIV is a very real risk in Africa. Please take precaution as necessary.
Day time temperatures in Africa can be extreme, therefore adequate sun screen and a hat is essential. It is also important that you drink plenty of water while on safari to limit the effects of dehydration.
Your Safety on Safari
Generally, Africa is a safe destination for international travellers. Most safaris take place in remote wildlife areas away from towns, villages and cities. The transfers are done by reputable companies or the lodges themselves, which means you won’t be left unattended. However it is wise to take standard precautions while travelling.
Most camps and lodges are unfenced so you need to listen carefully to the advice and instructions given by your safari guide. The animals are wild and in their natural habitat, therefore you should never get out of the vehicle without the permission of your guide.
When in towns and cities, do not carry large amounts of cash in your pocket and do not wear flashy or expensive jewellery. This should be placed in a safety box at your lodge/camp or preferably left at home. Never leave your baggage unattended at the airport and don’t wander around in downtown or deserted suburbs, especially after dark.
If you are self-driving it is important to lock your doors and keep windows as far up as possible. Plan ahead and know which route you intend to take and always have clear maps on hand. Do not leave your handbag in clear view, rather keep it locked in the boot.