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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.