Safari Health Requirements

Safari Requirements

Carrying medication on tour: 

Each vehicle has an insulated cooler box that guests are welcome to use, in order to keep their beverages cool throughout the day. As the cooler box is situated in the truck with the guests, it is their responsibility to keep it clean and to top it up with ice. The cooler box is also the best place for guests to store their medication, however, it needs to be stored in a hard plastic, watertight container to ensure that there is no damage and that it doesn’t get wet. There is also a freezer on the vehicle, if medication needs to be stored at cooler temperatures. There are instances when you will not be with the truck however (for example camping Okavango Delta experience, Mozambique Dhow Safari or Serengeti Experience) and during these times there may be limited facilities available for storing medication in a cool environment.

Confidential Medical Form

All travellers over the age of 65 must complete sections, “A” and “B”. If you have pre – existing medical conditions, you are required to complete section “C”. The more information provided to African Game Safari UK, the more the tour operator would be able to assist and provide medical assistance in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Please note that African Game Safari UK will assess the information contained in this document, and reserve the right to further ask for a physician assessment for any traveller.

You should always consult your physician and anyone else familiar with your medical history and needs before embarking on any adventure travel. Please ensure that you have confirmed with a medical professional, that you are medically fit to embark on the tour you have booked.

General Safety

Guides have authority on tour, which includes making decisions regarding the safety of our guests on tour. It is imperative that we are advised of any medication that needs to be kept at a certain temperature, and this information must be given to us beforehand, as we may travel for 300 km at a time before reaching the nearest medical assistance.

If you are feeling slightly unwell, it is important to let your guide know, so that they can make plans to get you medical assistance promptly. It is normal for travellers to feel unwell in the first two weeks of the tour as the body reacts to different germs and bacteria. Keep this in mind – and also keep your guide in the loop, with regards to how you are feeling.

AIDS is a big issue in Africa, especially the less developed areas of Africa. Please be careful and practical.

First Aid 

There is a first aid kit available on the truck, in case of an emergency.  However, we strongly recommend that you pack your own kit, as this is not to be used as a dispensary.  All tour guides are qualified in First Aid. Below is a list of things to pack in a first aid box:

  • Lip balm
  • Anti histamine cream/tablets
  • Sun cream and after sun
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Anti diarrhoea tablets
  • Moisturiser
  • Re-hydration salts
  • Band aids
  • Insect repellent
  • Sterile dressings
  • Antiseptic cream

Personal hygiene is important on tour, please be mindful of the other guests in the truck, travelling in hot, sticky environments. Anti bacterial soap and dish washing liquid is provided to ensure that any germs do not spread. Please pay close attention to your health and how it could affect the rest of the group, especially when washing dishes as this is how illness can quickly spread. 

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Water

One of the most common illnesses on tour is dehydration. We advise that you should be drinking a minimum of 2-3 litres per day, and even more during the summer months (November to March). The water on tour is not always of a drinkable standard, however, your guide will be on hand to advise you of when to drink the local water, and when to avoid it. Bottled water is available to purchase at most

Malaria

Malaria has been a serious issue in Africa, however, if the correct steps are taken it should not be an issue for you. We recommend taking malaria tablets and using mosquito repellent as an extra precaution. The main points to consider are:

  • Wear clothing that will prevent you from being bitten – limited bare skin
  • Keep the mosquito net shut and be extra vigilant at sunset as this is when mosquito numbers are at their highest

  • Use malaria tablets

  • Use mosquito repellent and use it liberally and frequently. The best products have the active ingredient DEET 

There are two malaria prophylaxis choices:

Daily tablets: Doxycycline or Chloroquine & Paludrine combination pills
Weekly tablets: Larium, Mefliam, Mefloquine, Malarine

Please be aware that the Chloriquine & Paludrine combination pills are ineffective especially in East Africa, due to the widespread usage in the past.  Larium is 95% effective, while the daily tablets are only about 30% effective. Please consult your doctor before selecting your prophylaxis. It is vital that you consume your malaria tablets one week before entering the malaria area, and then for four weeks after leaving the area.

Vaccinations

The below vaccinations are recommended for Africa:

Hepatitis A (Havrax), Cholera, Yellow Fever, Tetanus Booster Shot, Rabies

Please note, this is to be used as a guide only. Please consult your doctor for the latest requirements

If you are travelling on a tour further north of Victoria Falls, you will require proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. You will also require a Yellow Fever vaccination if you are leaving an infected area and entering a non-infected area

Drugs and alcohol

Our tour operators do not run booze-cruise tours. The African tour is there to be enjoyed as an experience of a lifetime. Drinking alcohol from early morning until late evening will cause you to dehydrate a lot faster and make the journey unpleasant. Most of the camp-sites do have bar facilities, we simply ask that you enjoy alcohol at a reasonable level for your own enjoyment.

We do, however, NOT tolerate the use of drugs on tour. Police do regularly inspect the vehicles and the camp-sites, and we make a number of border crossings. We are unable to assist you if you are found in the possession of illegal substances

Local laws & customs

 

We expect our passengers to abide by the laws of the countries we pass through. This also applies to the smuggling and possession of drugs and guns. Any passenger found disobeying the local laws and customs will be asked to leave the tour with immediate effect, without a refund.

Security

Travelling in any foreign country has its potential risks. Due to mass poverty in Africa, theft is common

  • Leave expensive jewellery and valuables at home
  • Do not leave your personal belongings unattended

  • Always stay in a group, especially at night
  • Be vigilant 

We also recommend that you store copies of your passport and travel documents separately to the originals.

Although all care and attention will be exercised, Nomad Adventure Tours nor its agents and employees can accept responsibility for anything deposited in the truck safe or left on the vehicle. Travel insurance for personal belongings is also recommended. You are responsible for your possessions at all times

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