Wandering with wildebeests this summer? The spectacular wildebeest migration sees over 2 million animals traverse the plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. If you’re planning a safari in East Africa this summer check out our top tips for staying healthy.
Be sensible with food and water to avoid travellers’ diarrhoea. Carrying medication for self treatment is highly recommended.
Take a small first aid kit with you for minor injuries and illnesses. Parks can often be located far from medical help and have medical facilities with varying health standards.
Although the main attraction on a safari is the wildlife, remember that rabies exists throughout Africa. Whilst most cases result from dog bites, all mammals have the potential to transmit the virus.
Mosquitoes and insects are ubiquitous in game parks, especially around watering holes. They carry diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. Take precautions against insect bites by covering up with long loose clothing, wearing insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net at night. Additionally anti-malarial medication is required.
With Kenya lying on the equator, the sun’s rays are extremely powerful. Be sun safe by wearing a high factor sun screen, sunglasses, and a hat
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