Health & safety

January 1, 2016

What are the health considerations?

You need to be in good health to join an overland tour. Should you have a specific medical condition, you will need to advise us of this before your trip begins.

Be sure to pack in more than adequate supplies of any prescription medication you are taking, as medical facilities are few and far between. Should your medicine require cold storage, please let us know in advance. Overland trucks are equipped with a first aid kit; however you will need to replace whatever you take. Be sure to bring plasters, anti-nausea, anti -diarrhoea and headache tablets, antibacterial ointment, water purification tablets, anti-histamines, eye drops, rehydration salts and sterile wipes.

If you become ill on tour please advise your guides. While it can take time to adjust to a new climate and environment, even a mild illness can be a sign of something more serious so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Is malaria a risk?

Malaria is rampant in most African countries. Avoid getting bitten by covering up with clothing especially after dusk, by using a good mosquito repellent, and keeping your tent zipped. It is a condition of participation that you use an effective anti-malarial medication, prescribed by your doctor or a travel clinic. These can be taken daily or weekly and some are better than others for the countries visited, so do take your itinerary to the travel clinic.

Which vaccinations will I need?

Check with your local travel clinic as to which vaccinations are required for the countries you will be visiting, and allow plenty of time as some vaccinations, e.g. Yellow Fever, need to be ordered in. Some countries will require your vaccination certificate before you can gain entry, so be sure to carry this with you. Typhoid, Meningitis, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & B are rampant in some parts of the continent, and while vaccinations may not be compulsory, they are well advised. Your travel clinic will provide the best advice if you give them a list of the countries you will be visiting.

What about AIDS & HIV?

AIDS and HIV are at epidemic proportions in sub-Saharan Africa. The known infection rate is almost two-thirds of the population up to 45 years of age. While it is safest to abstain, condoms are easy to find and cheap. Please also exercise caution when interacting with children with cuts and abrasions, as many are very sadly affected at the time of their birth, and due to rejection from their homes or being orphaned, are forced into begging.