Check with your local physician about vaccinations at least 4-6 weeks before your holiday to allow time for them to take effect. Among the recommended vaccinations are typhoid, yellow fever, meningo-encephalitis, hepatitis A & B, and, if needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles and polio. Safari tourists may consider a vaccination against rabies.

Malaria prophylaxis is highly advisable. Reduce the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes using insect-repellents on bare skin and impregnating thin clothes with DET-sprays. Use the mosquito nets provided by your hotel and ensure it is tightly closed. It is a good idea to bring a clinical thermometer and contact a physician immediately when your body temperature is above the normal.

Avoid skin contact with fresh water (lakes, rivers, ponds), as there is a high risk of bilharzias. Swimming in sea water however is without any risk.

We control all our hotels for hygiene standards, so you can enjoy their wonderful cuisine with no need to worry. At other places, use common sense when it comes to food and beverages. If you're unsure of their origin or preparation, don't touch them. Bottled drinks are recommended.

If you have special medical needs be sure to bring the appropriate supply of medication. Women may consider packing tampons because they can be hard to find in Zanzibar.

A travel health insurance is highly advisable.