Travel Health Advice for Namibia
This classic southern african country affords the opportunity to experience a great variety of classic Afican landscapes- dunes, deserts, mountains and plains, as well see classic African wildlife in the national parks and private reserves.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Namibia. This should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include other issues not mentioned here.
Most Common Health Issues
Travellers’ Diarrhoea & Respiratory Illness
Observe strict about food and water safety precautions and observe good hand hygiene. Consider taking a medical and first aid kit with guidelines for use. Seek medical advice if persistent or severe illness, particularly for infants, the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions.
Malaria occurs mainly in the northern half of the country from November through to June, however is year round in the far north near the border with Angola. Most cases are falciparum malaria, the most serious form. Mosquito avoidance is essential. Preventative medication should be discussed with one of our doctors. Different options are available. We have malaria maps and knowledge to help guide this decision making process. Any fever after travel to malaria risk areas requires assessment and an urgent blood test to exclude malaria, whether or not preventive medication has been taken.
African Tick Bite Fever
This occurs mainly from November through to April. Take measures to avoid tick bites in the first place by wearing long sleeves and trousers (tucked into socks) when walking outdoors in risk areas and use strong DEET repellent on any exposed skin. Inspect all areas of the body promptly at the end of the day and carefully remove any ticks.
Animal bites & wounds
Avoid being bitten or scratched by any mammal. Consider pre-travel rabies vaccination, especially if travelling more extensively through Africa. Thoroughly rinse and disinfect any animal wound and seek prompt medical care for post exposure vaccination and wound care.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Namibia has a high number of individuals with HIV. Avoid the risk of transmission of this and other STD’s.
Driving in Namibia
Motor vehicle accidents are a real risk especially on unsealed roads/rural areas. Make sure you carry adequate water/fuel and provisions for remote travel.
Travellers should be up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B. Any of the following vaccines may also be recommended – hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age, underlying medical conditions and past vaccination.