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Vaccinations

In order for you to have a safe and enjoyable trip it is important to take the right vaccinations for your African safari.

The first step is to consult your local doctor (General Practitioner) or Travel Clinic and advise them that you are travelling to Africa. Your GP / Travel Clinic will know and offer advice on vaccinations required for the countries you will visit.  This list is up to date with all vaccination requirements for travelling to different countries.

Travelling into Africa there are three important vaccinations: Covid, Malaria and Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination is required by law for all travelers spending time in, or travelling through, a yellow fever area.  You may be required to show proof of your yellow fever vaccination upon returning to your home country (this varies depending on your home country) too.

Malaria is prevalent throughout Southern and East Africa, which is considered a high-risk area. Malaria tablets can be taken either weekly or daily and will be prescribed by your local GP / Travel Clinic based on your personal medical history.

Your local GP / Travel clinic may also recommend either/or of the following vaccinations depending on the country to which you are travelling:  Tetanus, Typhoid, Rabies, Polio, Hepatitis A and B and Meningitis.

If you are volunteering within rural areas you may need the following:  Measles, Chicken Pox, Mumps & Rubella, Diptheria and Pertussis.

We recommend getting your vaccinations 4 to 6 weeks prior to your tour.

Covid

Please note that most operators require travellers to be vaccinated due to logistical requirements.  Other operators follow the guidelines of the countries they enter.  Below is a list of the country requirements:

South Africa

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted

Eswatini

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Mozambique

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Namibia

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Botswana

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Zimbabwe

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 48hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Zambia

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Tanzania

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test results taken no longer than 96hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Kenya

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

Uganda

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test results taken no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required
  • Antigen testing at various borders may occur

Malawi

  • Vaccinated & non-vaccinated permitted
  • Negative PCR test no longer than 72hrs before entry into the country for non-vaccinated required

What are the recommendations for travellers?

Check your health and travel insurance to see if you are covered when abroad in case the situation arises that you need medical care or should be placed in quarantine on arrival at your destination.

Monitor the World Health Organization’s site and your own country’s precautions.

Also check your itinerary to see if any border closures have been put in place. If you are travelling from an infected city you may be faced with a travel ban and this will directly affect your ability to enter a port or continue onto your destination.

We are here to help, so please contact your consultant for any questions if you are unsure.

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