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Is it safe to swim in Tanganyika, or crocodiles will eat me up?
I saw Burundian only in swimming pools, I was told because of crocs and hippos
everyone goes to swimming pools. I would much rather, swim in the lake.
Actually one of the reasons why most Burundians probably use swimming pools could well be that many haven't had the benefit of swimming lessons and therefore are not confident swimmers - a common enough situation across Africa. And very often the reason given for not doing something is not the actual reason because they don't want to lose face - so it's easier to tell a tourist that they're afraid of crocs and hippos rather than they can't swim!
I haven't been to the Burundian side of the lake, but based on the experience on the other side, I would think that there is a risk of encountering crocs and hippos. However, as stated earlier, the far bigger risk is contracting a whole host of waterborne diseases, including cholera, dysentery and bliharzia. Most towns and cities in the developing world have less than effective sewage management systems, so the chances of raw and/or ineffectively treated sewage effluent (and contaminated stormwater runoff) entering the lake is very high indeed. My advice is don't risk it.
Methinks that you would do well to heed the advice of Catherine above. She makes perfect sense, both in her accessment of Burundian reluctance to devulge the real reasons for their preference for pool, - and the real threat which is the exposure to tropical deseases.
I have had the same experience so I can tell you that her advice is indeed valid.
Oh God! This is so scary!
Thank you very much everyone!
With your big move only days away and a small baby to look after, I know that it must all seem very intimidating for you at present, but it's only really scary if you don't know what to expect and therefore can't plan for it!
Rather focus on the exciting times you have ahead, and try to be grateful that you have an idea of what to expect (and how to prepare for it).
If you want to swim in a huge lake, I can heartily recommend Lake Malawi, which is safe and ideal for families. There are a number of affordable tourist resorts - particularly along the southern shores in Malawi), so that may be an option for a well earned break for the family???
Thank you again, thats a great idea!
Look for hotels like Nkopola Lodge and Club Makokola which are laid back, family-friendly and shouldn't break the bank.
If you go, then have a plate of chambo - the delicious local fish - and wash it down with an ice cold bottle or two of 'green' (the locally brewed beer in my honour)!
I will try that!:) I managed to get anti malaria for my child! After being turn down by travel clinic, nurse form my local surgery found something for my Elliot!
Its called Lariam (mefloquine) he only takes quoter of a tablet. It gave me relief.
I'm glad that you are so kin to share your experience!Thanks
PS: Have you ever use cargo shipping? Do you know what works best? I have checked with brussels airlines and they charge 430 pounds per 100 kg.
I am a bit concerned that you would ignore the advise of a proper travel medicine clinic, and rely on the advise of regular nurse. We usually recommend the exact opposite.
Since you do not mention how old or big the boy is, what I say may be mute, but children under 11 lbs cannot take malarone or mefloquine. The other concern is the usually bad and vivid dreams that come with mefloquine, in a third of its users. At least be aware of what you may expect.
The cargo shipping is never cheap, if done by air. It also matters if you are shipping household goods to Burundi, or if you intend to make purchases and ship them home.
On my tours, people often bought items that could not be carried on the remaining tour, so they would ship them back home. For instance, buying large Indian rugs/carpets in Kashmir, would have to be shipped home. Most such manufacturers will have both information and the ability to do this.
Shipping by air is always expensive but delivery is relatively quick. Shipping by rail/ship combination is a lot less expensive, but delivery will take weeks.
I would second Erik's advice and just advise you to be VERY careful of Lariam. Many people find that it has psychotic side effects, and I would be very reluctant to give it to a child, let alone a baby.
I personally found the side effects so bad that I gave up using it (I used to travel more than half my time in malarial areas on business). Please seek specialist medical advice, as it's clear you love your famiyl and I would hate to think that your baby was at risk, even if the intention was well meaning.
not knowing where you are from, brings up the fact that Lariam is no longer sold in the U.S. - due to too many complications, but there are still generic forms of Mefloquine available. Just not Lariam. So, if you obtasined your Lariam in the U.S. that is highly suspect, - although it is said to have a really long shelf life (halflife).
I respect the nursing profession as much as he next guy, but to take travel medical advise from one, - not to mention accepting drugs from her/him as well is a really bad idea. Especially after obtaining advise from a professional.
Just a thought......