Bayeth Tented Lodge
at Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa
While adventurous U.S.
planners have taken meetings and incentive programs to
Africa, it’s a safe bet that many others have avoided the continent
based on long-held fears and myths. Nickie Fouche, president of
Amityville, N.Y.-based AfricaTours, debunks some common
Myth: Africa is a
haven for third-world diseases such as malaria, typhoid, etc.
Truth: This is true
for remote parts of Africa but not for areas most tourists visit,
says Fouche. As a general rule, the one disease to watch out for in
most safari parks is malaria. To play it safe, start taking malaria
tablets (available at pharmacies with a physician’s prescription)
three days prior to visiting and then for a week after.
Several game parks in South Africa are malaria-free, though,
including Madikwe Game Reserve and most of the game parks in the
Eastern Cape, including Addo Elephant Park, Shamwari Game Reserve,
Kwandwe Game Reserve and Samara Game Reserve.
countries require special visas for visitors.
Truth: Some do, some
don’t, notes Fouche. Among the countries groups are most likely to
visit, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia require them; South
Africa, Botswana and Namibia do not.