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How To Ensure Food Safety While On A Tanzania Camping Safari?

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Africa is indeed a beautiful continent filled with spectacular and rich wildlife, hospitable people, and savouring food. But as a general stereotype, the continent as a whole is viewed as an unsafe place with widespread diseases rampant. But if one delves a bit deeper, he or she could conclude that it’s not the case. You can tour Tanzania or other African countries for months and still come out healthy.



Food safety is important irrespective of where you are. It’s easier to practice food safety while you’re at home, but as the saying goes, “Nothing is too difficult if worked properly”. This article will help you integrate good food eating habits into your daily activity while you’re in African Safari Tours.

1.Ensuring Food Safety On Safari



While you’re on Tanzania Safari Tour, it’s vital that you double check the safety of the food you’re being served at the campsites. As a traveller, you have every right to inquire about the preparation method, list of ingredients, and storage. Even though the strictest measures are in place to ensure food safety, it’s good to inquire about it to end up being on the safe side.

2.Hygiene In Lodges



Lodges are thought to be the most hygienic accommodation type present in African Safari Destinations. They have their own cleaning staff for this purpose and are in control of their surroundings too. Thus you can expect the highest quality of cleanliness and sanitation, but it varies from lodge to lodge as not all lodges are created equal.


3.Hygiene In Camping Safari



Camping, on the other hand, is considered as relatively unsafe, but that isn’t the case. Campsites are just as safe as any other property when it comes to hygiene. However, efforts from the visitors are required too to ensure complete cleanliness. That’s why visitors are asked to bring in biodegradable materials to the campsites. Food is almost freshly prepared from raw ingredients and boiled water is used for the preparation.

4.Bacterial Contamination Of Food



Foodstuff, especially if kept in the open air, are prone to get contaminated with microscopic organisms which can lead to foodborne illness. There are six harmful types of pathogens which can be found in food items which are Salmonella, E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus cereus. Parasites are also a prominent member of foodborne illness-causing members in Africa. To avoid them from getting into your food item, ensure the food it properly boiled and the water used as well which will kill or deactivate the bacteria.


5. The Most Important Thing Is To Be Prepared Ahead Of Time.



While it’s vital that you take every precaution necessary while your stay in Tanzania Safari, coming with full preparedness is of equal importance too. You should check if the place you’re travelling to in Tanzania has the history of any rampant disease or is currently suffering from any widespread disease and get vaccinated for the same.

You should come with even more preparation if you have any health intolerance and are on certain medications.


6.Food Safety Tips



While most of the food safety measures will be taken care of by your African Safari Tour Company, there are certain safety tips which can save you from falling ill on a safari trip. These are:

Avoid consuming raw meat, fish, milk, and other food items. Boil them instead.

Wash your hands before and after your meals

Check food labels if you’re taking packaged items

Avoid eating heavily at once. It can cause stomach upset.

  7.Practice Good Hygiene



While in Tanzania Camping Safari trip, your food safety is generally in your hands. You should integrate healthy and hygienic eating habits into your lifestyle, some of which are:

Use a good hand sanitizer and carry it wherever you go.

Use it before and after having meals and even when you deem necessary

Bath properly and daily (two times per day preferred)

Wash your clothes regularly

Use a good body lotion and mosquito repellent

  8. Choose Your Water Carefully



Not only food, but the purity of water should be emphasized as well. In fact, waterborne diseases are more widespread and notorious than foodborne diseases. Majority of the harmful bacteria thrive on contaminated water. Thus, make sure to intake only boiled and treated drinkable water on African safari tours and not drink from lakes, rivers, or ponds.


9.Store Food Properly



Proper and hygienic storage of food is important too as it gets stale when kept in open air for too long. Store food in a refrigerator or an air-tight container and consume it within a few days of storing. Improper storage will attract flies, insects, and other unwanted guests.


If you undertake the aforementioned measures while travelling to Africa, even the most stubborn bacteria can do no harm to you or your family. Your tour guide and tour company will however always be at your rescue should anything go wrong. To travel Africa or book Tanzania Camping Safari, contact Face Of Africa Adventure today!

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