Safari health
and safety mistakes

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More health
and safety mistakes

Not bringing sunglasses,
sunscreen, eyedrops
and mosquito repellent

Sunglasses and sunscreen

You will be out on game drives for hours at a time - and the bare safari earth intensely reflects the sun's rays. Protect your eyes (by wearing sunglasses that effectively block ultraviolet rays) and sunscreen (SPF rating of 15 or higher).

Eye drops

Pack them, particularly if you wear contact lenses. The safari air carries fine-particle dust.

Malaria medication

Take it. Normally, for it to be effective, you need to start the preventive medication a week or two before your arrival.

Mosquito repellant

Mosquitoes are the chief source of malaria (and dengue fever), so use a good repellent, one containing the ingredient DEET. For further protection, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts from after 3 p.m. and before 10 a.m.

Bush dinner germs

Sanitizer gel

In bush dinners and sundowners, you are in a wild setting, usually far from your lodge or camp. There will be no faucets for washing your hands - and not every event sets up a small table with soap, bowl and hot-water pitcher. So always carry a small bottle of hand-sanitizer gel.

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