To take or not to take anti-malarial drugs
during your trip with Tailor Made Safaris
A common question, and rightly so, as it is an important topic! Naturally you do not want to get malaria, however, many anti-malarial drugs are expensive and can have unpleasant side effects. Here we try to provide you with all of the relevant information so that you can make an informed decision.
As we are not doctors, we cannot give you official advice and we must therefore suggest that you visit your local GP or travel clinic. However, the National Health Services are not always aware of the current situation on the ground and more often than not will simply look at a map produced by the World Health Organizationand advise you based on this. These maps are often out-dated.
Malaria is mainly found in the north of Namibia, above Etosha National Park as well as the Kavango and Zambezi regions. It is advisable to take prophylactics when visiting these regions, please consult your local GP or travel clinic. Care should be taken to avoid being bitten by mosquitos by wearing long sleeves and long trousers, applying mosquito repellent on a regular basis to exposed skin and, where possible, sleeping under a mosquito net. Should you have fever, be shaking or trembling, have a headache/backache/diarrhea or you are vomiting, even months after getting home, seek immediate attention and inform the medical practitioner of a recent visit to a malaria area.