How to Avoid Malaria on Your Summer Safari | Discover Africa Safaris
Blog article

How to Avoid Malaria on Your Summer Safari

discoverafrica 07 November 2017
Part of the South Africa Safari Collection
Back to the Blog

Because prevention is better than cure...

Discover Africa Safaris

Planning a summer safari holiday in Africa? In addition to packing up your binoculars, choosing the most comfortable walking shoes and researching the wildlife you will encounter on your adventure, it is also important that you protect yourself against malaria. While malaria is a life-threatening illness, we share some easy and affordable tips that can make your African safari one to remember: for all the right reasons.

Make your summer vacation one to remember

Here are a few preventative measures you can take that are inexpensive and highly effective.

Before you leave

Not all areas in Africa are affected by malaria so ensure that you do your research for up-to-date information on malaria risk areas. Planning a malaria-free African safari is the first step in ensuring peace-of-mind when adding up the total costs of your vacation.  In addition, a visit to your healthcare practitioner will put your mind at ease with affordable antimalarial medication.

While on your journey

Even though most reputable safari accommodations come with mosquito netting, it's a good idea to travel with one. Mosquito nets are lightweight, easy to carry and can fit into your luggage. Choose one that is already doused with insect repellent and spray your lodgings every night before bedtime. Mosquito coils are another preventative measure as they are highly effective and burn all night.

Mosquitoes struggle to find their balance in windy or air-conditioned spaces so ensuring airflow in your lodgings will function as a preventative measure as well as relief from the heat that is part and parcel of a holiday in Africa. Long trousers and shirts cover the areas of your body that mosquitoes love: your arms and legs.

After the safari

Medical experts recommend that you take a malaria test when you return from your safari vacation to guarantee a clean bill of health. Symptoms of malaria may only present weeks after your return from your magical trip, so if you experience flu-like symptoms including a high fever, a trip to your healthcare provider will be in your best interests. A pain-free blood test will confirm whether you have contracted malaria or not.

Treatment involves prescription drugs and will depend on the type of malaria you have as well as where you contracted it. Getting treated early will keep you safe from the adverse effects of the disease.

A visit to your healthcare provider is vital in preventing malaria

Find out about our malaria-free safaris here

You Might Also Like

Kruger to the Mozambican coast

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65 000 hectares of…

Luxury South Africa to Zimbabwe safari

Thornybush Private Reserve is South Africa’s premier private game viewing destination. Extensive wildlife studies, documentaries are various anti-poaching and conservation measures have been implemented at this incredible reserve, making for…

Blissful 4-day Kruger Safari

The famous Kruger National Park is one of the largest dedicated game reserves in Africa. Thousands of visitors come to the Kruger National Park each year to experience the best in game viewing, the Big Five and luxury accommodation. This…

Luxury Cape Town and Kruger Safari

This vacation package offers you the chance to connect with two of South Africa's most desirable destinations. See Cape Town differently with a chic stay in the hub of this cosmopolitan city. Cape Town is described as being the sort of…

Previous Article

Discover Africa Safaris

Next Article

Discover Africa Safaris
Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

Get Travel Deals & News to your Inbox

We have the best safari and Africa travel news around & we even have the occasional mind blowing travel deals.
Sign up and get our monthly newsletter.