Please note that no one at Authentic Safaris Zambian is qualified to give medical advice. The information in this section is therefore simply meant to give your some guidelines and general tips.
Medical insurance and preferably one that includes air evacuation should be regarded as a pre-requisite for any safari holiday. We strongly recommend that you consult your doctor prior to travel and get accurate and up-to-date advice on inoculation requirements, and anti-malarial precautions.
There are currently no specific requirements for visitors to have any inoculations prior to their arrival in Zambia.
The following are the common medical concerns for a safari in Zambia
Malaria: is caused by a mosquito borne parasite and is endemic in Zambia. One can contract malaria at any time of the year and in virtually any area of Zambia. The best precautions include putting on long trousers and sleeves in the evenings and at night – a slight application of repellant will also usually help. It is important to get treatment very quickly if you’ve contracted malaria so if you develop flu-like symptoms you should have a quick and simple blood test without delay.
It is important to consult your doctor prior to your safari so that he can prescribe a course of prophylactics.
The Sun: The African sun can be very strong and sunburn can occur through clouds and even a light T-shirt. A bad sunburn can spoil your safari so be sensible, use cream and wear a hat.
De-Hydration: this problem can be fairly common in the hotter months. The key is to keep body fluids up by drinking plenty of water. It is also a good idea to include a couple of packets of re-hydration salts in your holiday medical kit if you have such a thing.
Diarrhoea: is a common problem when traveling anywhere in Africa. You should find that standards of hygiene in all the safari camps booked by Authentic Safaris Zambia to be very high but it is not uncommon for individuals to react to a change in diet or water. A good precaution is to be sensible about what you eat and drink and bring suitable medication just in case.