TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVELING TO AFRICA
DK Grand Safaris wants you to have the most enjoyable touring experience possible when you travel with us. While you’re here, your health is one of our top priorities, and we make sure that all your accommodations meet the very highest standards. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Kenya or a return visit, we offer this brief guide with tips for traveling in good health.
Get an Early Start
While we’re always happy to answer your questions about an upcoming safari, we strongly recommend that you confer with your doctor well before your departure date. As the two of you discuss your itinerary, he can explain all necessary vaccinations and advise you on additional health safeguards. Plan on meeting with your doctor four to six weeks in advance of any trip to another country.
Kenya requires all visitors to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Your doctor will provide the necessary documentation and may also recommend vaccines or medications for addressing these common health concerns.
- Hepatitis A
If you currently take any prescription medications, let your doctor know how long you plan on being out of the country. He can make sure you have an adequate supply to cover your needs until your return home.
Keep Your Papers Handy
Along with your passport and visa, keep all health records and vaccination documentation at the ready as you travel. Be sure to carry the following:
- Your health insurance card and/or proof of supplemental travel health insurance
- Copies of all prescriptions for medications you bring with you
- Copies of prescriptions for eye glasses or other medical supplies
- A list of names and numbers for emergency contacts back home
Pack With Your Health in Mind
The CDC provides a comprehensive list of health care items that you may want to pack for your trip to Africa. Again, confer with your doctor, and follow his recommendations. While we always maintain an inventory of vital health provisions on every tour, we suggest you assemble a compact first-aid kit that includes these personal items.
- Bandages and blister pads
- Aspirins, antihistamines and anti-malarial pills
- An antibiotic cream and a cortisone cream
For personal comfort, you might also want to bring eye drops and non-fragrant hand lotion as well as non-fragrant sunblock and lip balm.
Practice Sensible Precautions
While vaccinations and medications can prevent some illnesses, common sense is one of your strongest allies for staying healthy while traveling. Our safari guides do everything possible to ensure your good health, and we approach every touring activity and accommodation with the highest standards for your personal safety.
By following our recommendations and precautions, you can enjoy meals and drinks without worry. We can’t prevent insects from biting, but we do protect your sleep at bush camps with mosquito netting. Our suggestions also include wearing socks and bandanas treated with repellants.
Confirm Conditions at Your Destination
We always keep you current on any health issues that develop before you make your trip, and you can check information online with the CDC. Their Travel Health Notices are updated daily with the latest reports from around the world. You can search for current notices by country.
The site uses a three-color code system that makes it easier to identify potential problem areas. It also features a menu of resources including an extensive disease directory, U.S. locations for yellow fever vaccinations and mobile apps that help you travel safely wherever you go.
In Case of Emergencies
When you travel with DK Grand Safaris, you’re assured of emergency medical care through our partnership with the internationally accredited AMREF Flying Doctors. This professional organization has provided health services in all types of settings across Africa for more than 60 years.
The globally recognized air ambulance server provides emergency health care and transportation to the nearest medical facilities. Flying Doctors are on call and available 24/7 to handle any kind of medical emergency. We’re proud of the role they play in keeping us all safe every day. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential for covering yourself and any travelling companions for the entire safari which includes covers for but not limited tomedical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, repatriation expenses etc. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and take any relevant documentation with you.
We’re Ready to Welcome You
As long as you take sensible precautions, traveling to Africa is considered very safe. For more than 10 years, our clients from around the globe have enjoyed their time in our homeland, and we know you will too. We’re happy to address your concerns and answer any questions. You can reach us toll-free by phone or through our Contact Page .
It’s our pleasure to provide you with as much information as possible to ensure your trip is the experience of a lifetime. Everyone here at DK Grand Safaris stands ready to welcome you to our home with open arms and a firm handshake. We look forward to sharing the adventures that come from turning your travel dreams into wonderful realities.