Avoid getting Malaria on a Safari in Uganda – Rwanda

Posted by on December 28, 2017

Avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda – Rwanda – Tips – Advice

Practical Advice about Malaria Prevention for Visitors to Uganda and Rwanda


Avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda by preventing Mosquito Bites on Safari in Uganda or Rwanda is  the best way and that begins with wearing the right clothing on a Safari in  Uganda or Rwanda. None of our Clients who have been on Saari with us have contracted Malaria – read below and avoid being the first one.

Gorila Trekking Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are at higher elevations of over 2,100 meters above sea-level and it very unlikely that you will contract malaria while on Safari with us that takes in primarily Gorilla Trekking.

You are on safari in Equatorial Africa, the sun is out, it is pleasant and you dress like you are going to the beach.  Save it for the pool at the lodge, you are in the Bush where things that bite abound, including Mosquitoes that carry Malaria, Dengue Fever, and other nasty things.  Wear the right Safari Clothing.


 Avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda – Rwanda.  Uganda and Rwanda are two beautiful counties, filled with scenic wonders, wildlife and primates and yes in many parts of the country Mosquitoes and some of those mosquitoes may just carry malaria.

Here are some practical tips in order to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and in turn preventing the chance of coming down with malaria.  Often it takes up to two weeks to get malaria after being bitten by

Often it takes up to two weeks to get malaria after being bitten by a malaria-carrying female mosquito.  It is best to avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda – Rwanda.

  • Take Anti Malaria Tablets:  That is simply a must for visitors to Uganda and it is wise to see your doctor at home or a travel clinic in order to receive your prophylactic malaria medicine regiment. Malarone is the best and also the most expensive, it is however very effective. Mefloquine or Lariam may also be prescribed it is however not recommended since many people have side effects such as violent nightmares. A good alternative is a doxycycline which is also inexpensive. The negative side of doxycycline is that it makes you sensitive to the sun and you can burn easily, however using a hat, long-sleeved shirts and use sunscreen.
  • Use a good Mosquito Insect Repellent:  You can purchase good mosquito repellents in your home country  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. 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 a Mosquito Net: 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”. Most often the nets are treated nets, but spraying the room with Doom before you go to dinner will be most helpful. In most luxury lodgings they will spray 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 at 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 a higher sugar intake and are more apt to bite you. Mosquitoes pick up your odor and will prefer 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 that you do not need. Light also attract other insects, so it is best for your comfort to leave off lights if you see them attracting insects.
  • Avoid Using Perfumes: Perfumes, Colognes, After Shave Products and even Deodorants attract mosquitoes and literally draw them to you. It is best to avoid using them in the Bush on Safari.
  • Insect Spray for your Room: Spray your room as you go to dinner with Doom – best insect spray in East Africa and available at most markets – avoid the cheaper sprays – they are simply ineffective. Some more up-market lodges will spray rooms as they turn down the beds for the night.

There are 300 million to 500 million cases of malaria per year in the world and malaria is a very real threat in Uganda and most Ugandans are most familiar with is miserable effects. Most Ugandans and Rwandans who can afford it, sleep under nets. Mosquitoes are pesky bugs and can smell your blood from great distances. It is however only the female mosquito that feeds on human blood transmitting malaria. In spite of what people used to say in Uganda, Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV. HIV cannot survive in a mosquito.

Avoid getting Malaria while visiting Uganda – Rwanda -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 or Rwanda.