you afraid of lions in
? This is a question I get very often.
am not, rather of buffalo or Hippos, which kill more people, but not
really from them either.
is a wild animal in
that I have much more respect for…..
many people die on the average through wild animals per year? Well:
people are killed on the average through bears per year.
people are killed on the average through sharks per year.
people are killed on the average through lions or tigers per year.
Million people are killed per year through mosquitoes because they
there are pills and capsules in many forms and sizes with different
contents that you can and should take, but which – just about all of
them – do not necessarily provide protection everywhere.
In the meantime there are regions
where any form of prophylaxis does not help in any way because the sweet
little mites have become completely resistant to them.
The best safety or precaution against
malaria is not to get bit by mosquitoes. So wear light-colored clothes
with long sleeves, use insect repellant, do not be outside during dusk
and – hang up a mosquito net over your bed.
This is something not many seem to
take serious. Every time I am in
and staying in a lodge or a camp site I look around
and seldom do I see mosquito netting in a bedroom or tent. I guess this
is taken very lightly.
I personally have to say that I sleep
so much more relaxed under a mosquito net instead of being aware of the
buzzing insects all night and the subsequent slight nervousness it
that a normal mosquito net is a bit problematic since there are limited
to no possibilities of fastening a mosquito net on the ceiling of most
rooms or tents. That is why I always have a self-supporting mosquito net
with me, especially when I travel in regions where I am aware of the
situation through prior visits. This way I can assess the situation
So for this specific type of
situation there is a nice and practical travel tent available through a
company called Longroad. This travel tent can be ordered through the
internet at www.Longroad.com.
There are single and double versions available.
This is, along with the prescribed
doctor’s prophylaxis of the region, advisable.
As I said: the best precaution
against malaria is not to get bit by mosquitoes.
Whereas the chances of being bit are
bigger the warmer it is and the higher the humidity is and just how big
the areas of stagnant water are in the region, because that is where
these little darlings love to develop by the millions.
So the chances are higher on the
rather then in the relatively high situated
or the Masai Mara
or even the Serengeti. But the chance of being bit is everywhere. That
is why one should use every possibility to avoid a mosquito bite unless
you are an avid fan of Russian roulette.