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Please visit your doctor at least 6 weeks before your safari to determine your specific medical requirements based on your health profile and immunization history, areas you will be visiting and activities during your safari.

Allow at least 4–6 weeks before your safari as some vaccines require more than one dose and to start taking malaria prevention medication. If you have less than 4 weeks before your departure, you should still see your doctor for any recommended vaccinations and anti-malaria medication.

Yellow Fever - A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers one year and older arriving from infected areas. Visitors arriving directly from US/Canada/UK/EU do not require the vaccination unless they have visited the infected areas in the last 2 years. Visit Centers for Disease Control for more detailed information on these zones. While yellow fever is not mandatory, we would generally recommend that you get vaccinated.

Malaria - Malaria is present in Kenya and Tanzania, including national parks and reserves. It is therefore highly recommended that you visit your doctor to learn how to protect yourself against malaria. Your health-care provider will also prescribe the most effective anti-malaria medication based on your specific health profile. Some recommended ones include: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.

Some useful tips in protecting yourself against mosquito bites include using insect repellant and covering yourself up with long pants and long sleeved shirts/tops. Use of mosquito bed nets is also advisable and most safari lodges have these available.

Cholera - Cholera vaccination certificate is not required for entry in to Kenya and Tanzania, unless you are arriving from a cholera infected zone.

Typhoid - It is not mandatory, but recommended that visitors to Kenya and Tanzania who have not previously been vaccinated especially if staying outside of the tourist circuit and visiting small cities or villages or rural areas where exposure might be prevalent through food or water.

Routine vaccinations - If you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc., it is recommended that you get
vaccinated.

If you are following a specific course of treatment, you should ensure that you carry enough medicine for the duration of your safari.The larger towns in Kenya and Tanzania have pharmacies and hospitals, but you should carry adequate supplies of your own medicines and toiletry items as many of the smaller towns offer limited services. An extra pair of prescription glasses is also recommended.

Health

Hand washing - Wash your hands often with soap and water, particularly before you eat. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Drinking water - In Nairobi and on safari, we recommend that you do not drink water from taps and even out of thermos  flasks that may be provided. We recommend instead that you purchase bottled water at the lodges or hotels. Ice provided at hotels and lodges or camps is generally frozen from boiled water and is okay for consumption.

Food - Hotels, safari lodges, and camps that you stay at during your safari provide excellent and high standard cuisine. However, sometimes a change of climate and traveling can cause traveler’s diarrhea, similar to a “gippy tummy”. Should you have diarrhea, eating in moderation, avoiding cold buffet lunch tables that have been exposed to the sun, and fasting for a day while taking plenty of bottled water are sensible precautions. Carrying anti-diarrhea medication with you is also helpful. At all costs, avoid eating food prepared by street vendors.

If you still have questions please contact us and a highly competent safari master will be delighted to assist you.

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