Health & Security

A top priority to us, and essential to your enjoyment, is of course the health and security of you and your party – this is one of our core considerations. Great care is taken to ensure that your safari is designed with these factors in mind, so that wherever you may be, and whatever you are doing, you will be taken care of in every respect.

Forms detailing dietary preferences will be available for you to fill in ahead of time so that we can design your menus to suit your tastes and needs.

 

It is advisable to consult your personal physician well in advance of your departure to review pertinent health precautions that may be necessary such as vaccinations and medications etc.

Drinking water is perfectly safe all the both lodges and camps we use, unless otherwise advised. Avoid tap water at all times!

Bottled mineral water is always readily available wherever you may be; all fresh fruits and vegetables are meticulously washed and sterilized, so that you can enjoy the tropical profusion Africa has to offer without concern, your safety and well being always a prime commitment, irrespective of the destination. The ice in all the destinations we use is also clean and not to be worried about.

All our guests are pre-registered as Members of the famous Flying Doctors Service for the duration of the Safari, so that anyone in need of medical attention can be airlifted out and into a first-world private hospital within just a few hours. The Flying Doctors’ Air Ambulances arrive with qualified medical personnel and are fully equipped for any eventuality, landing easily on the nearest airstrip, of which there are plenty within reach of any wilderness destination.

In the unforeseen event of an accident requiring medical attention, we ensure the guest is taken to one of the region’s top hospitals, of international standard, with good nursing and medical care and ready access to modern scanning equipment and Specialist Doctors.

Extremely serious cases have the option of evacuation to South Africa, the USA or Europe in a specially modified jet Ambulance Hospital aircraft. Our guests can rest assured that they will have access to the best medical care should that unfortunate eventuality arise. Travellers must ensure they have adequate Emergency repatriation insurance in place prior to travelling.

 

Each vehicle carries a First Aid Medical Box at all times, and there is always another in camp.

Visitors to Kenya require no inoculations, but Tanzania, Southern Africa and many other African destinations require a Yellow Fever inoculation.

Large parts of East Africa and Southern Africa are malaria free, but there are areas that have malaria. Those of us who call Africa “home” cope with the threat of Malaria easily without the use of drugs, simply by applying insect repellent in order to avoid being bitten, taking Garlic and Vitamin B tablets and wearing long sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks at night. However, for those visiting Africa only briefly it is wise and recommended that you consult your doctor regarding a malarial prophylactic. There are many different prophylactic choices. You may also consult with us during the itinerary planning phase of your safari, as a number of the destinations we use are either too high or too cold for Malaria, so there may be no need at all to take the medications.

It is advisable to bring plenty of your favorite sunscreen with you, since the proximity of the Equator makes the African sun very strong, even under cloudy conditions.

Contact lens wearers are advised to bring with them their preferred eye drops and also replacement glasses which can be worn when dusty conditions may irritate eyes. Wrap around sunglasses tend to provide the best protection against both dust and glare.

If you wear eye glasses it is recommended you bring a spare pair in case you lose or break your primary pair.

It is a good idea to make copies of your Passports and record details of your Credit Cards and other valuable documents as a precaution against possible loss. Common sense precautions such as you would automatically take in any major city apply such as keeping a close watch on handbags, purses, wallets, etc. There is much poverty in Africa so it is wise not to flaunt affluence by wearing expensive jewellery or leaving valuables lying around unattended.

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