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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby klotzof » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:55 pm

Unfortunately the short answer is that there are no antimalarials safe in pregnancy. Kruger is a hidh risk Malaria area particularly in the summer months and medical advice would be to defer your travel unless it is absolutely essential.

I have personal experience with this. My wife and I are both doctors. We were booked to go to Kruger a few years ago. She got pregnant and we had to cancel.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news

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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:56 am

Leaping Lizards, I wish that there was good news here, but I would not recommend taking the risk. It is the only time that we have canceled a holiday to Kruger.

I would recommend trying to find a place where Malaria is not such a hazard.
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:01 am

The first trimester is the worst time for any medication. I do not think there is a safe anti malaria drug.

Pregnant women usually have a compromised immune system so as to not reject the baby. This means that if they are infected, they are going to get very ill.

Pregnancy does increase body temperature somewhat. This also makes pregnant women more attractive to mosquitoes.

I know that this must be very disappointing for everyone, but the risks to an unborn life and mom are too high.
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:24 am

Thanks all. It is as I thought. I will inform said expecting mom on your advice, and quickly move to secure bookings for Addo or another good park in a malaria free area. There is only one I can think of that can offer all the animals our guests would like to see. Other than the one I am thinking of, what are your thoughts on Marakele?
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby PietSkiet » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:18 am

Hi Leaping Lizzarda,

We also had to cancel a Kruger trip due to SO falling pregnant a couple of years ago so I no good news there.

Regarding Marakele, we visit the park quite often as my brother in law stays in Thabazimbi, so whenever we visit him we go to the park. Have never stayed over in the park so there might be better advise.
If it is animal sights you are after I will not recommend Marakele. The scenery and atmosphere is breathtaking but definitely not as many animals as in KNP.

The park has two sections a lower or "non big 5" and upper or "big 5". The lower section is actually the only place I have seen big 5 and definitely better for game viewing. The upper section has the most amazing views you will ever encounter.
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:06 pm

Thanks all for the help.

Thank you for the feedback PietShiet. We have decided to go to a non SanParks park which suites our guests a little more.

That aside, we are finalising our 2 week visit to Kruger for September and will book this week. Do you think there is any chance that SANParks will allow us to cancel our Feb booking and use that credit towards our accommodation for September?
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:10 pm

Why don't you try asking, if need be supply a medical certificate stating that she is pregnant and request a transference of the booking to your Sept trip.
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:38 pm

Thanks all for the Help and thanks to SANParks for assisting.

This has all been sorted out. Reservations could see from our Client number that we are regulars not only to Kruger, but also Addo, Karoo, Garden Route etc and have agreed to transfer the payment to our visit in September, which we booked on the same call.

This is the reason why I hope we never go the fully automated way, because it’s good to be able to talk to someone who understands that these things happen.
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby PietSkiet » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:49 pm

This is great to hear LL. I have always found the operators very helpful when it comes to amending bookings.
Agree and hope that they will always play a part
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby isinkwe » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:05 pm

Leaping Lizards wrote:
This is the reason why I hope we never go the fully automated way, because it’s good to be able to talk to someone who understands that these things happen.


I agree with that Leaping Lizards :clap: :clap:
The staff at the call centre are always extremely friendly, efficient and helpful :thumbs_up: They have helped me on numerous occasions :thumbs_up: I love talking to them when I make my booking, or changes and they have never disappointed me :D
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:55 pm

Good news LL! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:02 pm

I am pleased that you have sorted everything out. :thumbs_up:

I must say that I have always found Sanparks to be very accommodating in situations beyond our control.
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Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention

Unread postby DrPhil » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:51 pm

There are means of preventing getting bit, if they are followed then I see no reason for you to cancel your trip. We have been there with my SO pregnant and not one mozzy bit her or me and the family.

now I will run and hide :wink:
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Malaria in Kruger in June

Unread postby nicksteroonie » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:59 pm

My wife and I used to visit the Kruger Park a few times a year before we had our kids. It has now been more than 5 years since our last visit as we have been avoiding malaria areas to be safe for our children's sake.

We are planning a visit to Boulders and Satara in June with our two kids as well as our extended family. The kids will be aged 3 yrs and almost 6 yrs.

We specifically decided on June due to it being winter and hopefully much lower risk of malaria. Can anyone advise if we are being silly and taking a chance?

Any idea of how safe these two camps are in terms of the malaria risks?

I realise any doctor would recommend taking malaria drugs but from my experience the side effects are too many and I wouldn't give these drugs to my kids, I would rather cancel the trip.

Thanks!

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Re: Malaria in Kruger in June

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:07 pm

Altho the Winter months are of a lower risk, it's still there and IMO one needs to take as many precautions as possible especially where children are concerned.

There is a lot of info for you to have a read through to give you more advice Here and a lot of reading Malaria
also Kids/babies in the park which you might like to have a read through.
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