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Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

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Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

I know this question is asked any number of times but answers always seem to vary considerably. During a 3 week tour of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia (18 Sept-3 Oct) we will also spend 5 days in Kruger NP. I understand that this is where we are most likely to experience a mosquito problem. We will be there from 13-18 Sept. I have also heard different ideas concerning the advantages of wearing light colored clothing. On a trip to E. Africa a number of years (17 Aug-15 Sept) ago we took nothing but light colored clothing but many others did not and never seemed to have a problem....usually worn in the evening after a days safari. Although we did take Malarone before and at the beginning of this trip we did not see one mosquito the entire time we were there.

Comments/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Bob

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1. Re: Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

I'd be taking Malarone for all the countries you mention and I wouldn't be figuring that Kruger would be the place to especially worry about mossies. Like you I've hardly ever seen them, other than in Etosha in August (and I was told I wouldn't see any at that time) and southern Tanzania, in the lake region. But you should know that mossies that carry malaria hunt low and are much more apt to be buzzing your ankles than your head, so you can't go by not being bothered around your facial area.

I'd say most recommend neutral colors because they are earth tones and because they will not show dust as darker colors would. Blue is not suggested any time your are in tsetse territory (but they'll bite you no matter what color your clothes are), but at night or in areas where they are not there's no reason not to wear blue, or whatever color you'd like.

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2. Re: Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

I agree with Steve; I would be using medication for all of those areas, but least so for KNP. I live right here in the Kruger area, and hardly see the mozzies.

In terms of clothing, there are a few reasons why light/neutral colors are recommended; as stated above, and also because they will help you to blend in with the bush a bit more (especially if you are planning to do bush walks), and because they will help you keep cool (compared to dark clothing which will suck up the sun!).

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3. Re: Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

I agree with the advice offered by both Steve & Jacqui!

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4. Re: Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

100% agree. There is as much concern if not more in Zambia/Zim and Botswana than in SA and I would take equal precautions in all your destinations.

With regards to clothing, I don't specifically know of any major advantages in wearing light coloured clothing on safari, except perhaps the few that Jacqui suggested. I think wear whatever you are comfortable in, and theres no need for a new wardrobe.

Enjoy your trip!

Regards.

Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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5. Re: Malaria treatment for Kruger NP

Left unmentioned so far - the use of a good repellent. One with no more than 50% DEET is what I use and recommend. Why not more DEET?

Well, I do come from the 'More is better' way-of-thinking, but when I used a stronger repellent on my ankles it ruined the skin. Dried out and crinkled up. Elephants thought it attractive but I didn't. After a few weeks it finally was back to normal.

So, spray your ankles, exposed neck and arms - especially at dawn and dusk. What few mosquitoes you may see will likely turn away.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

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