Medical & Health
Nearly all safari lodges will carry a comprehensive medical aid kit. In the unlikely event of serious accidents while on safari you're likely to be treated by MARS (Medical Air Rescue Service), a very professional and experienced company.
Most of your travel service providers will subscribe to MARS and the chances are your own travel insurance taken out in your resident country will be linked with MARS to cover any treatment required
Medical services provided by hospitals and pharmacies in Zimbabwe are not good.
Other Health Tips
Travelers have advised the use of bottled water to avoid any possible stomach complaints
If you suffer from allergies, bring your own prescriptive medicine. Other useful medical aid kit items to bring along are: antihistamine (insect bites, itches, allergies), Imodium or equivalent (for diarrhoea) and antiseptic cream (for minor injuries).
Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes
Mosquitoes and most other insects are generally active for a few hours around sunset. They can and often do continue to be bothersome throughout the night and are also around in the early morning.
• We suggest that you change into longs just before sunset and spray yourself with the provided repellent.
Malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles) are smaller, fly more quietly and have a distintive posture of head down, body at an angle and hind legs raised when feeding or at rest. This is in contrast with the horizontal position of most other mosquito species.
Take prophylaxis in malaria risk areas. Get good advice before you plan your holiday. Take the pills same day each week when weekly, or at the same time of the day if daily. Continue prophylaxis for 4 weeks after your return. Complete the course.
If you, or one of your party, show ‘flu like symptoms’ and signs like body pain, headache and fever develop 7 to 20 days or longer after visiting an endemic area, have a simple blood test done. This check will show if there are any parasites in your blood, and just remember, early treatment rarely leads to complications.
The further away you are from towns and crowded areas the less chance you have of contacting malaria as it is relayed from person to person.
The water in towns, at hotels and in swimming pools, has been treated and is then safe.
Public parks using tap water will have signs telling you if the water is safe to use. Fast flowing mountain streams are usually clear, clean, and free of Bilharzia.
There are pills available for protection against Bilharzia. See a Doctor, or Pharmacist
Sunstroke and Sunburn
You can also cover your skin by wearing long sleeve shirts, long trousers, slacks, or jeans.
Scorpions and Spiders
It is resistant to bile salts and can adhere to the intestinal wall as well. You get it by ingesting it either in water or contaminated food. The contamination comes from another individual who has cholera - fecal excretement contaminates hands or water supplies and passes the germs along.
Washing food in contaminated water is a problem and swallowing water bathing or showering or while brushing teeth can pass it along. Washing hands is very important in preventing it, as is very careful food handling, washing and preparation.
There is a lot of concern being raised about South African sites being swept away in the Zimbabwean pandemic. The important understanding is that no-one is at any more risk of contracting cholera than they are many other illnesses spread via the fecal-oral route. Even in the midst of a community suffering an epidemic you can avoid contracting it as an individual if you are very careful about what you touch and use and how you clean and wash your hands and disinfect and manage food and what you eat and drink. It is not like an airborne spread illness which can strike no matter what you do to protect yourself.