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Avoid getting Malaria on a Safari in Uganda – Preventing Malaria

Posted by on February 17, 2021

Practical Advice about Malaria Prevention for Visitors to Uganda

Here is how you Avoid getting Malaria on a Safari in Uganda


Avoid getting MalariaAvoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda by preventing Mosquito Bites on Safari in Uganda. Fighting mosquitoes by taking preventative measures is a lot easier and better than treating malaria while in Uganda or after returning home.

Preventing Malaria are measures that you can take to keep you healthy while on your African Safari in Uganda. The only bug that we hope bites you is the Safari Bug and not some Malaria carrying mosquito.

Most Safari-Goers do not contract malaria. None of our clients on Safari with us have come down with it. Most of them have followed our preventative advice and have had an enjoyable time during their time in Uganda.

There are fewer mosquitoes found in the higher-elevation and cooler Gorilla Highlands of Uganda, where you track the mountain gorillas. It is unlikely that mosquitoes will bite you since the nighttime temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees Celsius.

Avoid getting Malaria on a Safari in Uganda – Preventing it is a part of staying well on your Safari.


Avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda. Uganda is full of scenic wonders, wildlife, and primates, and yes, in many parts of the country, Mosquitoes and some of the female mosquitoes may carry Malaria.

Here are some practical tips to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and coming down with the illness. It takes up to two weeks to get Malaria after being bitten by a female malaria-carrying mosquito.

Take Anti Malaria Tablets:  That is a must for visitors to Uganda, and it is wise to see your doctor at home or a travel clinic.

They know about Malaria Prevention, and you will receive your prophylactic malaria medicine regimen.

Malarone has proven to be the best and the most expensive medicine.  Generic Malarone can be prescribed at a lower price.

Mefloquine or Lariam may also be prescribed. It, however, has many side effects, such as violent nightmares. A suitable alternative is a doxycycline, an antibiotic, which is also inexpensive.

The negative side of doxycycline is that it makes you sensitive to the sun, which means you can get a sunburn quickly.


Use a good Mosquito Insect Repellent: 

You can purchase good mosquito repellents in your home countries such as Cutter or Off, check the label, and make sure that it contains at least 20% DEET. Apply the spray, especially in the evening and at night. An alternative to DEET products is using ones using Citronella Oils in one form or another.

Based on what our clients have told us, the best repellent is RID from Australia – it works on both mosquitoes and tsetse flies. Tsetse Files are in the savanna parks, but there is no sleeping sickness within Uganda or Rwanda.

Use the Mosquito Net in your room.:

Most Hotels and Wildlife Park Lodging facilities provide you with a mosquito net. There is no need to bring one to Uganda. You can further help by spraying the room with the most effective product in East Africa, “Doom.”

The nets are often treated nets. Spraying the room with Doom before you go to dinner will give you additional protection. In most luxury lodgings, they will treat your room with Doom as they turn down the beds. A spray can of Doom costs about 4 USD and will last for your trip, do not buy the other products since they are not as effective and stink more. As an alternative, use a Citronella Candle, available in most supermarkets in Uganda.

Wear long – Trousers and Long-Sleeved Shirts after Dark:

Mosquitos are most active in the evening and night. Wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, use your Bug Spray liberally and keep to wearing neutral colors. Dark colors attract mosquitos; if you use spray on your clothing, you are fine.

Avoid High Sugar Intake:

Leave those candy bars at home. Mosquitoes prefer people with higher sugar intake and are more apt to bite you. Mosquitoes pick up your odor and will favor you if you have taken in a lot of sugar and or yeast coming from sweet rolls, beer, etc.

Turn Unnecessary lights off:

Lights attract mosquitoes, and it is best to leave off the ones you do not need. Light also attracts other insects, so your comfort should leave off lights if you see them attracting insects.

Avoid Using Perfumes:

Perfumes, Colognes, After Shave Products, and even Deodorants attract mosquitoes and draw them to you. It is best to avoid using them in the Bush on Safari.


Malaria is real

Globally, there are three hundred million to five hundred million cases of malaria per year. Most Ugandans are sadly very familiar with its ill effects. Most Ugandans that can afford it sleep under nets.

Mosquitoes are annoying bugs and can smell your blood from great distances. It is, however, only the female mosquito that feeds on human blood transmitting Malaria. Despite what people used to say in Uganda, Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV. HIV cannot survive in a mosquito.

In Uganda, many illnesses are attributed to Malaria. The first thing many clinics do is to give a malaria test. Malaria is widespread in Uganda since many people live close to each other, and the malaria-carrying

Avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda -Take a few precautions, avoid insect bites and Malaria, and enjoy your Safari. The good news is this, we have never had a client come down with Malaria on Safari with us in Uganda.

Will you catch Malaria on your Safari? Most likely, you will not. Again, in over a decade of safaris, none of our clients have come down with a case of malaria.


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