This information is brought to you by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
Please visit the CDC website for more information and contact your doctor before travelling to Africa.

Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers. Travelers’ diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout Southern Africa and can contaminate food or water. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis). South Africa has recently been rated as one of the world’s top countries with regard to the quality of water supply. However, travelers are always asked to make sure your food and drinking water are safe and we always ensure a plentiful supply of bottled water is available throughout our tours and retreats.


Malaria is a preventable infection that can be fatal if left untreated. Most lodges in Malarai areas provide protective sprays against insect bites. You can prevent infection by taking prescription antimalarial drugs and protecting yourself against mosquito bites. The following areas included in our tours are Malaria areas: Kruger National Park; Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari; Etosha Game Reserve in Namibia, Kwa Zulu Natal Game Reserves. Many of our clients express a concern at using the drugs prescribed by most pharmaceutical companies, preferring to use a herbal alternative. We are ourselves reluctant to use antimalarial drugs and prefer KPC HERBS, Artemisia Qing Hao, 6510 herbal option instead. However, we advise you to discuss this with your own medical doctor.

After you return home

If you have visited a malaria-risk area, continue taking your antimalarial drug for 4 weeks (Lariam®, doxycycline) or seven days (Malarone™) after leaving the risk area. Travelers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area and up to 1 year after returning home should seek prompt medical attention and should tell the physician their travel history.

There is no risk for yellow fever in Southern Africa. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain of these countries if you are coming from countries in South America or sub-Saharan Africa.

There is no risk of Ebola in Southern Africa.