Health & Safety

Hit The Road Travel  takes Health & Safety seriously.  “Travel Safe” is a key phrase in our vocabulary. As the Swahili phrase goes “Hakuna matata” We take responsibility for every stage of your journey that we can control, making travel stress free and liberating. From all the behind the scenes details such as airport transfers to organizing your desert-festival ticket in the Sahara. Maximizing your travel experience whilst minimizing those troublesome travel butterflies.

Food & Drink

Standards of hygiene in in some places can sometimes be lower than those you are used to, but generally the standards are appropriate for the destination, and if you take a few basic precautions, it is simple to keep healthy whilst you are traveling.

Food that is freshly prepared for you may contain ingredients that you are not familiar with or may be prepared in a different way. This change in diet is one of the most common causes of upset stomachs. It is a good idea to treat food and drink with caution – at least in the first few days of your holiday. It is also a good idea to avoid tap water initially. Bottled water is widely available and both you and your family should drink plenty (much more than you probably would do at home). Finally, and most importantly, try to ensure that both you and fellow travelers keep  hands clean – especially before you eat. Antiseptic wet wipes or antiseptic hand gel are a good idea

What medical supplies should I bring?

All of our tour leaders carry a First Aid kit for use only in emergencies; however, this kit does not include any kind of oral medications… We recommend that you bring your own First Aid kit for your own personal use.

Travel First Aid Check List

Based on personal travel experiences we have created a 1st aid kit checklist to ensure that your expedition into Africa is a successful one, and that you are ready for almost anything! Most of our tours have an adventure travel element which means you will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to build a small kit and travel light. Falls, bee stings, burns, allergic reactions, all of these are common accidents that can happen in any home or whilst on tour, and you might  be traveling to locations where the basic medical amenities are limited, that’s when a first aid kit comes in handy. When you have a well-stocked first aid kit, you have the supplies you need to be ready for most minor emergencies. Putting a kit together is as simple as placing some basic items in a small container, such as a plastic tub, tool kit or tote bag

HTR Tour Leader First Aid Checklist

Vaccination and mosquito prophylactics?

It would be irresponsible of us to give out this sort of specific medical information, as we are not qualified medical professionals. We recommend that you talk to your local doctor or consult a travel health specialist prior to traveling to Africa.

Malaria is prevalent in many parts of the world and visitors are advised to take precautions against the disease. Chat to your local doctor about the various options available for anti-malaria medication. Other preventative and protective measure you can take are to pack and wear long shirts and pants in the evenings to reduce the amount of exposed skin. Purchasing and applying a good mosquito repellent on a regular basis is also advisable.

Safety

With all trips, we can never guarantee that an area is one hundred per cent safe. In taking decisions whether or not to include a destination or location in our itineraries we are guided by various sources, such as local information obtained from the newspapers, our guides and trade associations. We also take cognizance of various Government Foreign Office travel sites and will never take you to a location that’s on a do not travel to warning list.

Availability of helmets and protective head gear for activities

Protective helmets of a reliable standard are not available locally and as a result, we are unfortunately not able to supply these. If you intend to take part in activities such as bike, horse, donkey or camel rides, and would like to wear a helmet, you should therefore consider bringing one with you.

Risk Assessments

We carry out risk assessments on all the suppliers we utilize on our itineraries, from accommodation to activities and transport. We won’t use a supplier until satisfied that they meet certain minimum standards, are safe, and have adequate risk mitigation strategies and policies of their own.

Crime, War & Political Unrest

Crime is a reality on our planet and, apart from car accidents; it’s the major risk that you’ll face in most destinations. However, try to keep things in perspective, and remember that despite the statistics and newspaper headlines, the vast majority of travelers journey without incident.

The risks are highest in cities and larger towns. Daylight muggings are common in certain sections of the big cities, but no matter where you are, you can minimize the risks by following basic safety precautions, remaining alert and exercising common sense.

If you are a victim of theft, it’s most likely to occur at an ATM. There are dozens of scams that involve stealing your cash, your card or your personal identification number (PIN) – usually all three. Choose the ATM you use carefully, and try to avoid using them at night and/or in secluded places.

Emergency Rescue Services

Every country we visit has its own medical emergency and rescue services, some government run and some private. What you need to know is that in the event of an emergency help will be at hand, and on all our tours guides and tour leaders have the phone numbers of the most appropriate service.

In some regions we subscribe to services such as  Amref – the flying doctors. In the case of a medical emergency, they are on standby 24 hours a day to provide the highest available level of medical care to our clients and staff.  What’s important is providing a quick and reliable air evacuation when there is a medical need, to a hospital in an area or country where the medical standards good.

Of course the question arises as to who is going to pay – that’s a reality that can’t be avoided. When things go down the emergency staff do their thing and the administrators run for the insurance policy – this is the reason we are stringent when it comes to  travel medical insurance.

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