Going on your Tanzanian safari can be the dream vacation of a lifetime. Heck, it's more of an adventure! Therefore, you don't want the memories of your safari to be clouded by illness. You should remember viewing majestic lions, galloping zebras and breathtaking sunsets and vistas. So how do you keep your health intact while visiting an exotic destination such as a Tanzanian safari?
As with visiting any foreign country, there are certain rules you have to comply with in order to even get in and out of the country. For instance, did you know that you will need several inoculations to even cross into Tanzanian borders? With mosquitoes being the universal pest worldwide, you should do everything you can to keep from getting bitten. Because with mosquito bites in Tanzania, Africa, you are more likely to contract malaria, yellow or dengue fever. These are just the tip of the iceberg. The potential for other sicknesses is great.
It is important to note that while on safari, you will want to avoid any stagnant water sitting in lakes or ponds. This water carries all sorts of diseases and none of them good. In addition, do not walk barefoot near any watering holes. Because animals often drink from there, they also tend to relieve themselves there too. Some animals carry parasites and other little beasties which you can contract through your bare feet.
There is another reason why you should not walk near the edge of any body of water. You have no idea of which animals might approach the area for a drink of water and you also have no idea of what animal just might pop right out of the water and eat, err, check you out. Crocodiles and even hippos are possibilities. Both are mean and lethal. Can you believe that hippos have the worst reputation and the deadliest mouth in regards to germs?
When you visit any villages or small towns, do not buy food from street vendors. Some of it is not prepared in the cleanest environment and therefore could contain any number of pathogens. If you must buy food, choose fruits that you have to peel yourself or wash thoroughly with soap and water.
Drink bottled water only. Do not rely on the water from any wells, watering holes or rudimentary plumbing. Be sure to bring a water purification kit. You can find them in most camping and outdoor supply stores. If you have the need for more water, a water purification kit can help you with creating a supply of clean water. And if you have access to fire, you can also heat up water to boiling for several minutes. Let the water cool and then use or drink as needed.
Follow the instructions that your safari guides tell you. They know what is a smart thing and dumb thing to do. In fact, not following the directions of your Tanzanian guide could mean a matter of life and death literally. From avoiding snakes and other animal encounters, there is some obstacle to your health just around the next bushy tree on safari.
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Keeping Your Health During Your Tanzanian Safari