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 Post subject: Re: Many thanks to all-effective product for tick-mosquito
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Just spent 5 days in the bush.....and took a mix used at Sand River Bush Camp by several folk. Simply small bottle of Dettol, in approx 1L spray bottle and add some drops of Citronella oil. It works well! First evening a couple of us used it and by the second evening most used it! One of the guides used it for spraying his legs before the walk.....and actually saw a tick racing off his boot! Others then used it too, and we had far less problems than usual. Simple, cheap, easily available, and effective.

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 Post subject: Re: Many thanks to all-effective product for tick-mosquito
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Thanks for this very handy tip EJ :great:

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 Post subject: Re: Many thanks to all-effective product for tick-mosquito
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EJ, can this be used to prevent mosquito bites as well? We normally spray ourselves with Tabbard and burn Tabbard candles etc, do you think we could add this remedy to our usual routine? :hmz: :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Many thanks to all-effective product for tick-mosquito
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That is what I initially took it for (mozzy protection) and it was one of the guides who decided to try it for ticks too. It is the first time I have tried the mixture myself.

Last night back home I decided to spray some around the entrance to the caravan tent and the screen door, and had almost no insect visitors come in at all......Usually despite the screen door quite a few find their way in. Going to see if it deters ants also......

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 Post subject: Re: Many thanks to all-effective product for tick-mosquito
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EJ.. Just a question do you dilute the dettol at all?

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Put a small bottle (100ml) of dettol into a spray bottle that holds about 1L water.

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 Post subject: Re: Many thanks to all-effective product for tick-mosquito
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ecojunkie wrote:
Put a small bottle (100ml) of dettol into a spray bottle that holds about 1L water.

Great, thanks EJ :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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Good evening all.

One of our co travellers has just found out that she is expecting. She has spoken with her doctor who has said that he will find out if there are Anti Malarials that are safe for pregnant women. In the meantime, I thought that perhaps there are forumites who might have this answer.

Are there malaria prevention medications safe for pregnant women and their unborn child? Would you recommend them?

We are asking here because we fear the doctor might take too long, and we need to move quickly to change plans. We need to decide if we going to stick with Kruger, or change to Addo or another Reserve which I cannot mention because it is not Sanparks.

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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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LL, its generally not advisable for pregnant women to go to a Malaria area unless strictly necessary.
but of course its up to the individual and the doctor's advice.
Please do have a read through the Topics already in existence Here and Here

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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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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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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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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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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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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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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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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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 Post subject: Re: Expecting moms to be and Malaria prevention
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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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