I am preparing to go to Tanzania on December 22 for 2 weeks.
I have done all the mandatory injections and am preparing my personal pharmacy in order to cope with anything I could get.
As we will sleep in "bivouac" in tents, I guess I won't have any electricity to recharge my camera. Therefore I took lots of batteries and bought a huge memory card.
I will treat all my clothes with a special product against the mosquitos.
However I am a bit tensed, since I am scared of little animals like spiders, scorpios !!!! I guess the organisator will have evrything for our tents to feel safe sleeping by night.
Have you any tips for our clothes to be safe : should we put them in plastic bags?
Anything else I should know?
thank you very much for your great advice -😊
sun screen!!!! I am not experienced with tenting in TZ. If you are concerned for safe clothes, line your bags with plastic bag or use zipper vinyl organizers. Megellans has them Google search for less expensive if cost is an issue
Hi, I have camped in Tanzania a number of times of a 4 month period I spent in Tanzania two years ago. I was rather dissappointed with the amount of small insects etc that I saw while camping... there is alot more in central america/asia. So, You should be fine, as long as your check your tent when your getting into it at night. Your clothes will be fine, just shake them out before you put anything one and check your shoes before you put them on.. thats it really, you'll have great time! Northern TZ is beautiful... so nice i'm also heading abck in a few weeks! Enjoy!!
Thanks a lot to both of you I really appreciate your time to help me feel mor secure -😊
what special product did you treat your clothes with? does this prevent mosquitos?
I never treated my clothes with anything. Mosquitoes... I used a mosquito lotion every day... and had not problem with mosquitos or bugs. I was in the Kilimanjaro, Rift valley, Lake Natran, Dodoma,
the worst mosquitoes was in Dar Es Salam
I treated my clothes and for me that was a security for me. There were quite a lot of mosquitos in the Rift Valley. So plus the products against the mosquitos on my skin that was perfect. ONe of our guides got bitten by a tse tse fly.....well just for prevention, that does not cost you anything
I used to work in malaria research in the Kiliimbero valley in Tanzania where it has the highest prevalence of malaria in the world. All you need is some common sense and some repellant to put on at night. Long sleeves and trousers if you can and sleep under a net. As a precaution it is good to carry some treatment drugs (I don't use anti-malarial drugs). The drug of choice is Coartem. You can get it all over Tanzania/Africa and it is the new first line drug for malaria treatment. It costs 10,000 shillings from a duka ya dawa. If your somewhere rural and cant get straight to a doctor to get tested, start the drugs and then seek medical help.
I'm going to Tanzania in May, which I heard is the rainy season. I get lots of bites easily, and I'm very scared. I have my malaria pills, insect repellant, net, and i've been reading about different vitamins, like vitamin B1, E, and even garlic.
dear Maricar, Just have long leaves and trousers by nigt even if it"s hot, and your repellant and pills and you will be okay. The hardest is to remain with long leaves even if you feel super hot. Just keep it. I also had vitamin B1, no garlic (that's for ghosts -😊) and a couple who was travelling with me had essential oil of lemon. That's very good too as a repellent and smells so nice -😊
Don't worry too much, that will be fine.
Thanks for the lemon tip... does that work for mosquitoes or just bugs in general.....I never new that. With long sleaves...I brought the lightweight long sleave almost a shear cotton ( if that make sense) to wear over a T or Tank.
Would you recommend a Safari company to go with?
I would recommend a French extra ordinarz organisation called Terre D Aventure: they are great
The lemon essential oil work for all I do believe and have long sleaves that will be perfect that is very important. have a wonderful trek there
thank you Florence! i tried to google Terre d'aventure, but it's in french. i can ask my husband to translate, but i'd like to see it in english too. do you think they have an english website? is this the company you went with?
Dear Maricar, I am not sure that exist in English and I went with them to Tanzania and the service and the treks were fantastics. Simple but I felt like a princess . for me it was the first time I treked and I slept in a tent. The bushes with all the stars were fabulous and waking up all alone with no noise in the wild nature and the colors surrounding you are printed in my mind for ever -😊) just enjoy there
I emailed you via this blog information on safari guide and companys I have been contact with. let me know if you recieved that email or not... it didnt look like it transferred.