Whenever anyone plans to buy a safari tour package to Africa, destinations to visit, clothes to wear, essentials to carry etc. are some of the issues that are discussed and paid attention to. But, apart from these commonly discussed points, there are a few other factors that any discerning traveller should keep in mind for a smoother and safer travel experience. What are these factors? Let’s take a look.
Get the requisite vaccines
Africa is notorious for malaria-related deaths. This does not mean you need to rethink about your travel plans. All you need to do is to get an anti-malaria vaccination. In Africa, there’s no vaccine for diseases caused by mosquito bites. Hence, get yourself immunized before visiting Africa. Further, do carry mosquito nets and mosquito-repellent sprays or other similar products. If you are to travel to Eastern or South African countries, you will also need a vaccination against yellow fever. Vaccinations against other diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid are not mandatory but should be considered based on the advice of your doctor. For more destination-specific health precautions, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website. Many vaccinations take several weeks to work effectively; therefore do not delay getting the shots till the last minute.
Politics and Crime
Many African nations are fraught with political tensions, crimes and violence. So, even if you are in a remotely situated game-reserve, you might run into trouble at either end of your journey. Therefore, check the socio-political developments in the country you have chosen to visit. Check the latest advisories released by the State Departments. As much as possible, familiarize yourself with the local customs of the places you are going to visit and be vigilant about the safety of your money and other valuables.
Insurance is a must
Like for any other adventure tour, travel insurance is a necessity on an African safari trip too. You will be at a far-off location and will be spending a good amount of money on the entire trip; hence it is a wise decision to purchase a travel-insurance. In fact, many safari tour operators do not reserve an African safari holiday package without a travel -insurance. Read the terms and conditions on financial protection and emergency medical protection while taking a policy.
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