I was just reading on another thread about tick problems in africa and thought I might start a new topic about it here as it affected my last trip in a major way. Let me start off by saying that in my other 4 trips to africa I never had a problem with ticks and hunted from late may to mid august. My last trip started out in zambia just outside of lusaka in late may. the areas of the ranch that were grazed by cattle only had pepper tick problems but the areas of the ranch the cattle weren't frequenting were plagued by all sorts of ticks and lots of them.
Next I flew down to KZN and the animals had your usual number of ticks I suppose but the pepper ticks were every where. We had to dust them off our clothes frequently and tick check at night were a must. Luckily for me my wifes hot and having the excuse of needing a tick check is a welcome problem hahaha. anyways, it seems that the people in africa are accustomed to pepperticks and that they are the norm? is this correct? In addition I sprayed 100% deet all over my clothes and was still getting tick bites on the regular basis. Does anyone have any info that could help? best times of year for travel. repellents to use? areas to avoid in general etc? I am going to zimbabwe this year in june and july and am hoping I have no problems with ticks as I did last year. We will wait and see. If it helps there was a tropical storm that was plaguing the entire region of zambia to south africa while I was there last year. Lots of intermitent rain and mild temperatures. Would that have made a difference?