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Safety in Africa?

Postby frontloop » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:48 am

Hi!

I want to do the Kenya&Uganda Gorilla Adventure.
But I'm a little concerned about my health. On the Internet you can read a lot about those nasty things you can get in these countries.
On the other hand, I have no idea how likely that is. Maybe it is more likely to be struck by lighning than to get some disease.
Would you consider Africa (especially Kenya, Uganda and that area) as safe, if you use the usual precautions?
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Re: Safety in Africa?

Postby markmol » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:57 am

Hi frontloop,
I did this trip last Year & our guide made sure our group were very careful about our health. everytime we were helping preparing a meal or we were having a meal we made sure everyone cleaned their hands. Infact we had a spray bottle filled with detol & water by the steps of the truck & made sure everyone cleaned thier hands after we had rest stops. No one got sick on our trip.
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Re: Safety in Africa?

Postby tletter » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:15 pm

frontloop wrote:On the Internet you can read a lot about those nasty things you can get in these countries.

There are nasty things that you can get in many countries, e.g. HIV, so it really depends on what you're planning to do there. If you're concerned about the regular medical threats, e.g. malaria, then consult a travel doctor and get the required prophylactics.

frontloop wrote:Would you consider Africa (especially Kenya, Uganda and that area) as safe, if you use the usual precautions?

Yes they are generally safe if you exercise normal travel precautions but read your government's travel warning on the countries that you intend to visit as there may be new issues that you need to be aware of.

It would be a shame not to travel to East Africa because of concerns that can be mitigated.
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Re: Safety in Africa?

Postby ballu » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:19 pm

Spent two months in that area of the world and didn't get sick at all...a couple people on my trip came down with malaria so I would recommend consulting with your medical professional to talk about that risk. I took malarone while I was there.
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Re: Safety in Africa?

Postby meeting_eiffel » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:38 pm

I was in there for 2 months in 2008. Took Malarone and Dukoral and for the most part was fine. I was working with kids at a school, so there were a couple little sick days from being in close contact.
As far as personal safety, I found that I was never worried for myself in most areas. I usually was with 3 other girls and we never felt threatened.
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Re: Safety in Africa?

Postby AdamfromCanada » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:04 pm

frontloop wrote:Hi!

I want to do the Kenya&Uganda Gorilla Adventure.
But I'm a little concerned about my health. On the Internet you can read a lot about those nasty things you can get in these countries.
On the other hand, I have no idea how likely that is. Maybe it is more likely to be struck by lighning than to get some disease.
Would you consider Africa (especially Kenya, Uganda and that area) as safe, if you use the usual precautions?


Hi there,

I've been to Africa four times, including Kenya three times and one stint to see the gorillas in Uganda. It's an amazing part of the world and the experience is unbelievable. I think I'm up to about 60 or 70 days in Africa, and the worst I've suffered is one day of gastrointestinal disquietude.

Before doing just about any international travel, especially outside of urban areas, I have consulted with a travel health specialist to make sure I have the required injections. I've taken Malarone each time I've been in a malarial zone and I don't drink the tap water and usually avoid street food. I wash my hands with disinfecting soap before I eat. Basically, just take normal precautions.

There is always going to be an element of chance...you could get sick anywhere and there are diseases that are terrible, even at home, but if you're smart and take a few basic precautions, then you should be fine.
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Re: Safety in Africa?

Postby sarahfromaustralia » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:26 pm

I have been to East Africa twice in the last year and it is simply stunning. Kenya is very safe. With the slight political unrest at the moment there is a lot of security and as a single female I always felt safe. I didn't gorilla trek in Uganda, I was in Rwanda but always felt as ease there too. The people are lovely but like anywhere in the world you should be careful about your own security and safety - common sense goes along way. In regard to health, best to speak to your doctor. My doctor and I made the decision (for various reasons) that I would not take any form of malaria medication but again, this is a very personal decision. For me it was about being smart and covering up and using deet which is a repellent.
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