MEDICAL & EMERGENCIES
Before You Travel
2019 – Currently (at time of writing) the situation is that officially, yellow fever vaccines are no longer required to enter Tanzania unless you have been travelling via an endemic area. However, on the ground, it often differs and you are likely to be ASKED FOR YELLOW FEVER certificate, even if you have only been in transit via Nairobi or Addis Ababa. If your transit/layover is longer than 12 hours in an affected area, you will require a Yellow Fever Certificate to enter Tanzania. Please keep your boarding passes as proof if transit is less than 12 hours. Generally, Yellow Fever Certificates should be obtained minimum 10 days prior to departure if you have none. Requirements/regulation changes all the time, so please re-check status a few weeks prior to departure to ensure you comply.
Please consult your doctor and also see: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/traveler-information-center
Tanzania is a malaria area and malaria prophylaxis are recommended.Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. See more detailed information about malaria in Tanzania.
Mosquitoes are generally more prolific in towns and at the coast, so please take malaria prophylactics. On safari, there are areas where you may encounter tsetse flies. Tsetse flies are mainly found in the woodlands, and their bite does hurt. There is no insect repellent that is 100% effective against the tsetse fly. The best protection is to wear long sleeves and long pants, and when you are driving through a tsetse fly infested area roll up your windows. Note that dark blue and black colors attract tsetse flies and it is recommended not to wear these colors when game driving in tsetse areas. Tsetse flies require the thick bush and woodlands to breed and survive. The open plains of the Southern and Eastern Serengeti as well as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Southern parts of the Central Serengeti are generally tsetse free. The highest concentrations of tsetse flies are found in Tarangire National Park and the Western Serengeti, and are most noticeable after rains.
On the Mountain
Some of our mountain crew have climbed Kilimanjaro more than 400 times in their lifetime. They have literally seen it all and are regularly updated medically and trained for emergencies, especially with the symptoms and treatment of altitude sickness. Even if it means a daunting down-hill ride on the ‘Kili-Ambulance’ to where one can be safely airlifted and transferred to one of the nearby hospitals, either Moshi Hospital or Nairobi Hospital (both of a good standard), you are in good hands.
When it comes time to fly off Kilimanjaro staff on the ground are able to keep track of each pilot via our live tracking system. If something should go amiss, there are trained personal on standby with an emergency evacuation plan (including air assistance if necessary). However, each pilot remains responsible for themselves and their decisions, normal paragliding and flight rules apply.
On our Paraglide Kilimanjaro expeditions we have:
- Medically trained guides & emergency medical kit
- Mountain rescue on standby
- Portable hyperbaric bag (Gamow Bag)
- Pulse Oxygen Saturation Reading Machine
- Emergency Oxygen
- Emergency Helicopter Evacuation on standby with the base in Moshi