What vaccines do I need when traveling to Africa?

What vaccines do I need when traveling to Africa?

Vaccines do i need when traveling to Africa – Once your Africa safari is booked and confirmed, a whirlwind of emotions is likely to sweep over you, from the bubbling excitement of embarking on a new adventure to the fulfillment of a long-held dream, perhaps tinged with a hint of apprehension about health matters (often amplified by well-meaning but inexperienced friends or family).

Fortunately, armed with expert medical advice from your doctor or travel clinic specialist, along with current vaccinations and good old-fashioned common sense, the likelihood of encountering any significant health issues is very low. Ironically, the most precarious aspect of your journey in terms of health risks is likely to be the lengthy flight itself.

Before You Travel, We Recommend Visit Your Doctor

As specialists in African travel, we at Kenlink Tours prioritize your well-being. While we excel in crafting unforgettable safari experiences, we are not medical professionals. Therefore, we strongly advise you to consult your doctor well ahead of your adventure to address any health-related queries or concerns. Your doctor can provide tailored advice and recommend necessary vaccinations or precautions specific to your destination and personal health history. By proactively seeking medical guidance, you ensure a safe and enjoyable journey, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Africa without unnecessary worries. At Kenlink Tours, your health and happiness are paramount, and we’re here to support you every step of the way on your safari adventure.

Routine Vaccinations

In preparation for your travel to regions where certain diseases are more prevalent, it’s crucial to ensure you are adequately vaccinated. Visit your healthcare provider four to Eight weeks before your trip to confirm you’re up to date with routine vaccinations including flu, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), polio, hepatitis A & B, and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus).

For those embarking on gorilla trekking adventures, maintaining optimal health is paramount. Gorillas are extremely susceptible to human diseases, even a common cold can be fatal. Therefore, if you display any signs of illness, you’ll be prohibited from joining the trek. Please note that trek slots are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Prioritize your health and promptly address any minor health concerns to ensure a safe and fulfilling experience.

Yellow Fever Vaccine


Vaccination is an entry requirementVaccination required if you’ve been to a country in the yellow fever belt
Republic of the CongoBotswana
 South Africa

Yellow fever is transmitted by a type of mosquito prevalent in the “yellow fever belt,” spanning regions of Africa and South America. Thankfully, a straightforward and highly efficient vaccination is readily accessible at travel clinics, effectively preventing its spread.

nsure you receive the yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before entering an area where the disease is prevalent. It takes a few days for the vaccine to become fully effective, and some individuals may experience flu-like symptoms, which can be uncomfortable during long-haul flights. Following vaccination, the travel clinic will issue you an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) as proof of inoculation.

It’s crucial to note that only a travel clinic can issue a yellow fever certificate.

The table below offers a brief overview of yellow fever vaccination requirements in countries you may visit with us. While we strive to maintain updated information, consult your doctor or healthcare provider before traveling for the most accurate advice regarding yellow fever vaccinations.

Preventive measures against malaria.

Malaria prevention is vital for African travel. Seek antimalarial advice from your doctor before departure. Adhere strictly to prescribed medication schedules and notify your guide of any adverse reactions. Inform your doctor if planning scuba diving post-malaria exposure, as this may impact medication options. Additionally, employ insect repellent, wear protective clothing, and utilize mosquito nets to minimize risk. Promptly seek medical assistance if experiencing fever and flu-like symptoms within three months of leaving a malaria area. While malaria can be severe, seeking treatment early improves chances of recovery. Consider malaria-free safari options if concerned about exposure. Prioritizing prevention measures and prompt medical attention ensures a safer and more enjoyable travel experience in malaria-endemic regions.

Tips for maintaining good health during travel to Africa.

    1. Before your departure, visit your GP to address any health concerns and ensure comprehensive travel health insurance.
    2. Prioritize your well-being by staying healthy and fit pre-travel, considering a flu shot and packing immune boosters to combat ‘flight flu’.
    3. Stock up on prescription medication with copies of scripts and generic names.
    4. Bring spare medical supplies like contact lenses, asthma pumps, and over-the-counter medications.
    5. Notify your early if special medical needs arise, such as gluten-free diets or wheelchair access.
Africa Safari Expert
  1. Keep routine vaccinations up to date, and follow your doctor’s advice, even if it means avoiding activities like scuba diving while pregnant.
  2. If unwell during your safari, inform your guide or camp manager promptly.

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