Safari need to know
The safari health code
Drink plenty of bottled water.
Rest, drink and eat before you need to.
Avoid sunstroke or sunburn; protect yourself with clothing, hats and ultra-violet barriers.
Remember that the sun is more powerful at altitude and is capable of burning through both cloud and haze.
In the case of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, cool yourself with shade and/or cold water, take ample fluids and if necessary take Aspirin to lower your temperature and relieve headaches.
Protect yourself against malaria: which is a serious risk all year round in all areas below 2,600 meters above sea level. Observe the following precautions:
Take preventative measures against infection, in the form of prophylactic tablets (consult your doctor for full details).
Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, malaria-carrying mosquitoes bite from dusk until dawn, so be especially vigilant between these times.
Wear light coloured clothing, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts in the evening.
Use effective mosquito repellents and sleep under a mosquito net.
Avoid using perfumes or aftershave.
The climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid. The rainy season lasts from March to June. The central plateau is dry and arid. The northwestern highlands are cool and temperate and the rainy season here lasts from November to December and from February to May.
Tropical clothing is worn throughout the year, but in the cooler season, from June to September, jackets and sweaters may be needed, especially in the evenings. Clothing appropriate to temperatures below zero is required on the higher slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. It can also get cold at night on the Ngorongoro Crater, while early-morning game-drives may be chilly before the sun comes up.
What to bring
- A zippered rucksack (backpack)
- A warm pullover or lightweight fleece
- A windproof/waterproof jacket
- Walking boots or shoes
- Long-sleeved shirt and long trousers
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent
- Swiss army knife
- Camera and binoculars
- Guide books and travel literature
- Light reading
- Mobile phone charger