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Of course, you must have your passport in force before traveling to South Africa, a document that must meet these two requirements: Have an expiration date of at least 30 days after the date of departure from the country and have 2 blank pages.
Malaria treatment is advisable if you are going to visit risk areas, located in the northeast of the country, such as the Kruger Park. In the big cities there is no risk of being bitten by the mosquito that transmits the disease.
Being located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in South Africa are the opposite of those in Europe. Winter in South Africa, which runs from June to September, is dry and not too cold. This is the best time to enjoy the wildlife. The vegetation is less lush and the animals concentrate on the rivers to drink. In addition, the southern whale begins to reach the coast. It is also a good season for outdoor activities and sports.
The South African spring is from September to November. Temperatures rise during the day. It is a season that allows us to see beautiful landscapes full of flowers, such as those of the West Coast National Park, about 90 kilometers from Cape Town.
Cape of Good Hope – South Africa
Both Mt. Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania) and Mt. Kenya have glaciers and nights in the desert can be dangerously cold, as the temperature drops to 10 degrees below zero.
If you find yourself in a boat (which is how many people find them), knock on the sides to indicate your position. If you are on foot, keep your distance and never come between a mother and her calf.
It is advisable to get rabies vaccinations – but plan ahead as it is a series of shots – hepatitis A, meningococcal meningitis and typhoid vaccinations.
Talk to your doctor about your specific travel plans and medical history. Find out more about virus protection when traveling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Recommendations to follow if you plan to travel to Africa
Most of the food you will find in Africa is not suitable for consumption by people who are not from the region. If you want to avoid diarrhea or serious illnesses that can end up ruining your trip, never eat anything from street stalls. Always try to eat in hotels or tourist restaurants even if they are more expensive. Of course, they should always be cooked. In any case, avoid ordering seafood, fish, fruit and vegetables.
The heat in Africa can be very intense. Therefore, it is very important that you wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, lip balm and light clothing. Of course, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If you decide to travel to Africa you are exposed to tropical infectious diseases and to natural elements of the trip itself such as heat, humidity, consumption of water and unsafe food and mosquitoes. That is why in such circumstances the traveler should remember the general recommendations given to him at the International Health Center.
Most African countries have very basic health infrastructures, except for private health care, which is very expensive. Regardless of the country of destination, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance. It is important that the insurance includes:
To avoid diarrhea it is advisable to eat freshly cooked, boiled or fried food, drink packaged or boiled products, such as coffee or tea, and brush your teeth with bottled water, boiled or disinfected with water purification tablets. Avoid street foods, raw food, seafood or fruit peeled by others, as well as ice cubes, dairy products, unboiled, unpackaged or unsealed beverages, or natural fruit juices. Vaccination for hepatitis A and typhoid fever is required.