Health At Tanzania

Health at Tanzania

Tanzania Travel Advice and Safety

Before you go to Tanzania, make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. The risk of malaria is low during Green Season and very low during peak season. It is higher if you are going into rural areas and villages outside the parks and reserves. If you are going scuba diving afterward, please let them know to ensure they prescribe the correct prophylactic. Check with your travel doctor if you need vaccinations, and be sure to get them timeously.

The country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged one year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. For accurate Tanzania yellow fever information

Due predominantly to P. falciparum, malaria risk exists throughout the year in the entire country except for the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Standard precautions should be taken. WHO recommended prevention: C

Tsetse flies are occasionally abundant in well-wooded areas such as Tarangire and the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. Sleeping Sickness is not a cause for serious concern. Still, the flies are sufficiently aggravating that it is worth applying insect repellent to your arms and legs before game drives (though this doesn’t deter tsetse flies) and avoiding the dark (in particular blue) clothing that attracts them.

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Roads between Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti are very rough, for which reason safari-goers with serious back problems or low tolerance for bumpy road trips may want to consider fly-in safaris. If you can’t avoid the drive, one may consider driving a shotgun or central row of seats in a 4×4 safari vehicle. The seats above the rear axel tend to soak up the bumpy punishment. And, carry a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust and sunlight.

Before travelling to Tanzania please consult your doctor for advice on anti-malarial tablets and vaccinations. When packing for your trip it is advisable to include a small medical kit with the following:

  • Imodium (anti-diarrheal tablets)
  • Antihistamine cream (for allergies)
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Aspirin (pain relief tablets)

It is compulsory to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you are travelling from a country in an ‘endemic zone’. Consult with your doctor or your clinic which these countries are. The most commonly recommended vaccinations are for typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis.


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