Medical requirements for Rwanda

The biggest medical threat to visitors to Rwanda is malaria, with the risk of transmission being greatest at lower altitudes and during the rainy season. A variety of oral prophylactics against malaria is available, so before you travel, you should seek up-to-date advice about the most suitable option from a travel clinic or doctor.

No prophylactic is completely effective, so try to avoid being bitten by the nocturnal Anopheles mosquitoes that transmits the disease. Cover up in the evening, by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, trousers and socks, and apply a good insect repellent clothes to any exposed flesh. When you retire, sleep under a net, or failing that in an air-conditioned room, under a fan, or with a mosquito coil burning.

Malaria usually manifests within two weeks of being bitten, but can take months, so if you display flu-like symptoms after you get home, get to a doctor and ask to be tested immediately. Travellers with young children or who prefer not to take medication might consider visiting a malaria-free safari destinations elsewhere in Africa.


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Best of Africa Safari (EA 16 days)

day 1

Johannesburg, arrival
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day 2

Okavango, straight into the Delta
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day 3

Find your lions
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day 4

Time with the lions
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day 5

Lion, buffalo interaction
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day 6

Johannesburg for the night
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day 7

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day 8

Your first Gorilla trek
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day 9

Your second Gorilla trek and Kigali
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day 10

Into the Serengeti
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day 11

Moru and its big cats
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day 12

Lets go and find the migration

Jan

Mar

Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

Jun

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Western Serengeti corridor

Aug

Oct

Mara River in the northern Serengeti

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Dec

North-Eastern Serengeti

day 13

With the herds

Jan

Mar

Southern Serengeti or Ndutu

Jun

Jul

Western Serengeti corridor

Aug

Oct

Mara River in the northern Serengeti 

Nov

Dec

North-Eastern Serengeti

day 14

Both sides of the Mara River
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day 15

Encounter the Masai Mara
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day 16

Fly Home

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