January 11 2019 0Comment

Staying Healthy & Well on Safari in Uganda & Rwanda

The reality is that you are more likely to become sick eating a contaminated Salad in the USA than coming down with Malaria on a Safari in Uganda.

Africa’s Diseases get enlarged through the press who most often is not near the area affected by an outbreak, through the perpetuation of Myth all keeping the perception alive that Africa is a continent rife with disease, dangerous and a continent to stay away from and that includes the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

The reality is quite different from the Perceptions, the Myths and at times erroneous news reports about Africa and Uganda. Those tropical diseases you might be worried about rarely beset travelers and none of our clients have 1. become ill on a safari.

The dreaded Ebola has visited Uganda in the past and if any country is prepared to deal with outbreaks of fevers or viruses it is Uganda. The track record receives high international recognition. The Zika Virus have may its roots in Zika Forest near Entebbe Airport back in the late 1940’s but is not found in Uganda today, Crossing the road in downtown Kampala can cause you a lot more problems than all the tropical diseases you might be worried about. Simple steps as outlined below will keep you well during your safari in Uganda.

Know the Risk Factors for you, know what you need to do to stay healthy on a safari in Uganda. It is always best to know before you go to know the risk factors and how to prevent illnesses such as Malaria, Intestinal Ailments. Know Before You Go is once again the Common Sense Advice that we can give you. Do Remember, we have never had a client wind up in a local hospital due to an illness they contracted on Safari with us.

Safari Advice – Tips – Information

1. Immunizations:

Get them from your local doctor familiar with the Tropics, a travel clinic in some cases in the US – the Country Health Department.

A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for entrance into Uganda. A Yellow fever Certificate is required in Rwanda if you have visited another country where it exists and it is suggested to have to be on the safe side.

Other immunizations to Consider:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B for longer trips and where you will be with children
  • Tetanus Booster
  • Rabies
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Typhoid

2. The Right Clothing for your Safari:

Staying Healthy on Safari Advice is wearing the right, protective Clothing, shoes, and hat. A gorilla or Chimpanzee Trek is not a walk in the park. Yes, you are in Equatorial Africa but what you wear is not about being a fashion statement or day on a tropical beach, but for a rainforest jungle. Taking the gorilla trek, for example, shorts or tank tops would expose you to nettles, thorns, shrubs, pesky flies. The best antidote is wearing protective clothing.

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Even on the Savannah, long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, hat, boots are your best protection against the troublesome Tsetse Flies.  The neutral color of clothing is also of importance, avoid the color blue for shirts or tops for example on the Savannah, Tsetse flies are attracted. Stay Well by Dressing right for your Safari and the activities you will be doing.

3. Don’t drink the Tap-Water:

Don’t drink tap-water in Uganda or Rwanda-consider tap-water unsafe do not even use to brush your teeth and avoid swallowing it while taking a shower. Bottled water is readily available and major brands are considered safe. In Uganda fake water has been sold, however, an effort has been made by the government and manufacturers to only have safe water on store shelves. Make sure that the seal is intact. We provide bottled water to our clients on safari.

4. Travelers Diarrhea:

A most common ailment for travelers to the third world- tropical climates. Rwanda has become quite strict in inspecting food-establishments to meet the criteria of proper food-handling, sanitary and hygienic practices and for the most part, there are no roadside food vendors as in Uganda.

The key to staying healthy and not coming down with a case of Idi Amin’s revenge (traveler’s diarrhea) is to cook properly cooked food that is hot when it arrives at your table. If food is piping hot – even if sanitary conditions were not followed you will be fine.

5. Bites, bites, bites and more insect Bites:

Not only are there mosquitoes that infect you with malaria, but there are other dudus (insects) that can cause havoc such as Tsetse flies. The best is to spray your body with insect repellent.

Wear loose cotton clothing. I like jeans, even though they are heavy, and this is a warm climate, I find they protect quite well. Wear long-sleeved shirts and avoid shorts in the evenings.

The best protective clothing on Safari is long trousers and long-sleeved shirts that is especially true when you are hiking or doing a nature walk.

Places for Medical Emergency – Uganda

  • The Surgery – 2 Acacia Avenue, Kololo. Tel: 0414256003. 24 Hour Emergency Service Tel: 0752756003, Ambulance Service. Tel: 0752 756003

  • International Hospital: Down from Rest Corner in Muyenga up from Kabalagala and then down toward Namuwongo. Everyone knows International Clinic and it was founded by Dr. Ian Clark who still lives in Kampala and is a weekly commentator in the New Vision Newspaper and was elected by a wide margin to the position of Local Commissioner 3 in the Makindye area of Kampala. It is the hospital that I use. Tel: 0312200400, Ambulance Service: 0772200400/1

Dental Emergency:

  • Sterling Dental Clinic: Located on Kampala Road in Bhatia House.

Places for Medical Emergency – Rwanda

  • King Faisal Hospital – Kigali
  • Central Hospital of the University of Kigali
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