Botswana

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travel advisory

health advisory

 

BOTSWANA - health facts
medicine chest
Pack these items for your trip: your own regular medication, malaria prophylactics (see below),  tick repellent (DEET), mosquito repellent creams and sprays, sunblock and sunburn cream, diahorrea tablets, plaster for blisters and sore feet, general pain killers, antacid, anti-histamines, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic tablets (e.g. Phenergan). Eye-drops are useful in the dry season.
medical facilities
Medical facilities in the big cities of Gaborone and Francistown are adequate but are otherwise rather limited. As with any travels to Africa, it is important to check your own medical insurance policies and purchase medical evacuation coverage. That said, you'll find that you will need to pay cash for most medical treatment and then claim from your insurer on your return.
immunisations

As a rule, there are no immunisations required to enter Botswana. However, if you have recently passed through one of Africa's yellow fever zones then an International Certificate of Immunisation is required for yellow fever (if you plan on hunting the countries to the north, this "Yellow Book" is essential). Immunisation against tetanus is recommended as well.

malaria - a real killer

Your number one concern healthwise is, of course, Malaria. Most parts of Botswana are low risk but it is most prevalent in the summer months, November to June when temperatures and rainfall are at their highest.

Remember, Malaria is a real threat and your safest defense against it is DON'T GET BITTEN. Cover up in the late afternoon around sunset and in the evening and spray your room before you sleep. MORE INFORMATION

ticks & tickbite fever

It is quite easy to pick this up when walking in long grass especially after the first rains.

Make sure you check yourself ALL OVER (!) when you bath each night as they are tiny and very difficult to see.

bilharzia
Bilharzia - is prevalent throughout Africa and the general rule is do not expose yourself to untreated water anywhere in the country. Bilharzia is however easily treated and does not pose an immediate threat to personal health. MORE INFORMATION
snakes
Nobody likes snakes, they have been symbols of evil and danger throughout history and in Africa it is no different. Most snakes, if found are killed without even considering if they are dangerous or not and the population density of South Africa ensures you are very unlikely to stand on a live one.

Botswana has its fair share of snakes and many people are bitten each year mainly through their own ignorance. Of the 131 snake species which occur in Southern Africa, 14 can cause death if they bite you and a further 18 carry venom which can lead to serious complications. MORE INFORMATION

water
If treated, water is fine to drink. It is safe also in the Okavango where the reeds form a natural filtering system. All other water must be boiled.
aids
As with elsewhere in the region, the occurrence of Aids is high. Your best form of protection is to abstain!

 

 

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