Vaccinations and Health

If you will be arriving into Kilimanjaro International Airport directly from a European country, a Yellow Fever vaccine is not required.  Tanzania requires a Yellow Fever vaccine for international travelers coming from or through Yellow Fever endemic countries, including Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, even if you just have a layover at the airport.  It is also required for all travelers going to Zanzibar.  Requirements can change at any time without notice so we recommend that all travelers get the vaccine regardless.

When traveling to Tanzania, immunizations may be recommended against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis, polio and typhoid.  Please consult your physician or a travel clinic, as well as the Centers for Disease Control for up-to-the-minute information and recommendations.

The use of malaria prophylaxis (Malarone tablets) is highly recommended for travel in Tanzania.  Malaria is widespread and its control has become increasingly complex.  It is transmitted by mosquitoes which are active in the evening and throughout the night, particularly when one is sleeping, sitting around the campfires in the evening, or walking at dawn or dusk.

The best insurance against contracting malaria is to protect yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes.  Use African-strength mosquito repellents liberally (those containing DEET are the most effective).  Also, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in the early mornings and evenings.

The tents used on safari are mosquito-proof, so we recommend that you do not leave the tent flaps or doors open, even during the day.

Check with your physician on their recommendation on malaria prevention medications.  Should you develop chills, headaches and fever, either upon your return or up to a year after, be certain that your physician knows your travel history and thoroughly examines you for malaria.