MEDICAL & INSURANCE ADVICE

For your Students of Nature tour, 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. Similarly if you are signed up to learn to dive, you will be required to ‘tread water’ for 10 minutes in a pool, which requires a certain level of stamina.

 

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.

 

Helpful Health Websites

 

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 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. We 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 concerned.

 

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 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  concerned.

 

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, nutrient rich water, which can give some people an upset stomach initially. Bottled water is available to buy on the way to Ebandla Wilderness Camp.

 

Travel Insurance Advice:

Choosing the correct travel insurance for yourself, that both doesn’t break the bank and provides adequate cover for your travel plans can be a challenge.

Hunting for and selecting a cheap travel insurance may feel like a victory, but ultimately how comprehensive is the actual cover? Because although we do not like to dwell on it, there may be a time when you will gratefully call upon your chosen insurance cover.

Try and look at mid-range prices and keep in mind, all the specialist outdoors activities that you will be participating in whilst abroad, will probably not be covered by your £9 bargain travel insurance.

 

Important Considerations

  • Which level of cover will be most suitable for me? (existing medical conditions)
  • Is it comprehensive enough?
  • Does your travel insurance cover adventure activities?
  • Does your insurance cover medical aspects?
  • Does your insurance cover legal issues?
  • Does your insurance cover luggage issues?
  • Does your insurance cover your personal possessions & money?
  • Is your travel insurance flexible to changes in your travel plans?
  • Does it offer continued customer care? (24hr helpline)
  • Check out online testimonial reviews about your intended insurer

Search around and compare online, call up insurance call centres for advice and options, and lastly read tried and tested testimonials. Insurance is not something you want to skimp on, or go without.

Make sure you put the time in to find your correct insurance cover.