Bring those meds with you!
New member, lurking for the last few months and drinking in information. I want to thank the folks on this site and the informative posts for potentially saving my first African safari!
My wife and I just returned from 21 amazing days in Africa. Hunted for 13 days and toured parts of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as part of our adventure.
Hunting started easily enough with Zebra, Kudu, and a sweet Cape Buffalo "dagga boy" taken during the first portion. My dream of a Limpopo bushbuck was next and we had a hell of a hunt, working trails in thick cover (near Kruger) on foot and seeing a number of animals but no shooters. (I think I let a world record red duiker walk away and may regret that if I ever get interested in the Tiny 10) Anyway cutting to the chase I shot a fabulous bushbuck, 15 7/8ths and was on cloud nine, then saw the cloud of pepper ticks walking all over my exposed legs and arms. PH and I were covered with them. Brushed off, applied repellant, moved on to photo shoot. Carefully inspected myself later, could find no bites or attached ticks. Generally bugs dont like me so I wasnt suprised.
A few days later up in the Kalahari the splitting headache started. Easily killed with excedrin and I blamed it on Jack Daniels, went back to hunting. Then started feeling a bit punky. Then my glands near my right armpit swelled up like a tennis ball. Classic case of tick bite fever based on what I read here. Fortunately I had Doxy with me based on advice I read here and started it immediately. I was back to 100% 3 days later and completed the rest of our hunting and touring without issues. I finished the 7 day course of meds and everything went back to normal.
Found the tick bite finally. Right hand, between my 4th and 5th fingers in the thin web where the fingers meet the hand. I had blamed that irritation on the thorns we dealt with recovering the bushbuck but it was in fact a bite from one of the nearly invisible little bastards. red swelling, darker mark in center, itched like hell later.
So my message is pay attention to these posts on what the veteran's suggest you bring along. My family doctor was a jerk on getting the necessary prescriptions in hand but I persisted and having those medications available saved my trip and investment.
Thanks! great web site and resource! I cant wait to go back!