MEDICAL & INSURANCE ADVICE

For your Students of Nature trip, a reasonable level of fitness is advantageous, particularly walking fitness. You will be participating in bush walks, often in quite hot and humid weather, so adequate fitness and hydration is key.

Health risks whilst traveling will vary between individuals, but you should always consult with your doctor, or book an appointment with your local practice nurse for further advice. It is recommended that you book your appointment at least 6-8 weeks before travel.

With regards to your own personal medications, please be aware that some countries will require you to have an official doctors letter, to travel with certain prescriptions. There will also be a limit to the quantity of medication that you can travel with, and some medications might also be banned altogether. Please research this in advance of travel.

It is also your responsibility to ensure that your inoculations are up to date prior to traveling. Please enquire with the nurse about specific inoculations necessary for South Africa. Please also be aware, that some inoculations may need to be completed more than once before date of travel.

Your health practitioner will advise you on the steps you will need to take to ensure that you are protected as fully as possible whilst abroad.

 

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Malaria

Kwazulu-Natal is a ‘low risk’ Malaria area. This means that Malaria, caused by female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles, is very uncommon in this area, compared to other areas of Africa. To help deter regular mosquitoes, wearing long sleeves, trousers and using Insect repellent after sunset, all help to keep pesky mosquito’s bites at bay. There are several South African brands, such as Tabard and Peaceful Sleep which are effective. I can provide these sprays on request for you, ready for your use in South Africa. There are currently no vaccines against Malaria. Please consult your local practice nurse about tablets you can take before, during and after travel to South Africa, if you feel worried.

 

Tick Bite Fever

 

Kwazulu-Natal in certain times of the year, can be particularly bad for ticks. Tick Bite Fever, an infection caused by ticks, is a possible risk in this area of South Africa. Ways to avoid ticks include, wearing long trousers, socks and walking boots while out on bush walks and spraying your legs or trouser legs down with tick repellent. There are various effective South African brands such as Tabard and Peaceful Sleep, which can help keep them off you. Hygiene is key, so time your showers for after bushwalks and check yourself over regularly. I can provide insect repellent sprays on request for you, ready for your use in South Africa. Not every tick bite becomes infected, especially if you catch the tick on you early. There are currently no vaccines against Tick Bite Fever, so consult your local practice nurse for more information if you are worried.

 

Upset Stomach

 

As with most foreign destinations there is always a risk of an upset tummy! especially whilst getting used to new foods and changes in water. Ebandla Wilderness camps has clean, pumped, but also very nutrient rich water, which can give some people an upset stomach initially. Bottled water is available to buy before heading into Ebandla Camp.