“I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore”
This famous line from the world-renowned 1939 Hollywood movie “The Wizard of Oz” would apply equally well had the toronado that deposited Dorothy in The Land of Oz had instead deposited her into Mozambique. At the end of the movie Dorothy merely has to click the heels of her ruby slippers to return to the Kansas farm she left behind. Extracting oneself from Mozambique is not done so quickly.
In the event of a medical or health emergency extracting oneself from the wilds of Mozambique will take a bit more effort. That's why Chacma Hunting Safaris has partnered with Global Rescue to offer our clients the world renouned emergency evacuation services provided by Global Rescue. Global Rescue is the world's leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services as detailed below.
Field Rescue & Medical Evacuation
If a client becomes ill or injured Global Rescue will evacuate the client from the geographical point of illness or injury to the nearest appropriate medical facility. If the client requires three or more days in the medical facility (requiring stabilization), Global Rescue will evacuate the client to their home hospital of choice.
With deployable medical teams stationed in operation centers in six countries, more than 1000 contracted aircraft, and over 200 affiliated medical centers of excellence, Global Rescue has unparalleled ability to get clients the care they need and transport them safely to their home country.
How to Secure Global Rescue Services
Global Rescue evacuation services are available to clients by registering for a “membership”. Memberships may be secured on either (a) a “limited time frame basis”, i.e. to cover the length of a specific safari; or (b) on an annual basis to address the needs of the more frequent traveler.
Medical Advisory Service 24/7/365
Client members have access to critical care paramedics, nurses, and physicians to get answers, advice, and care for medical issues regardless of the complexitiy. Clients need not be in an emergency situation to avail themselves of this service.
Optional Travel Insurance Add-On
Clients are also able to secure the value of their safari with IMG Signature Travel InsuranceSM. Combining a Global Rescue membership with a Signature Travel Insurance Policy virtually guarantees that the client's safari is protected no matter what adversity may occur.
Global Rescue Contact Information
Final Word on Evacuation Services
Safari hunting, and hunting-related activities involve inherent risks. We know of no outfitter that guarantees the safety of clients in a hunting environment and Chacma Hunting Safaris is no exception. Our hunting concession in Mozambique is wild, extensive and remote, therefore the prudent safari enthusiast will carefully consider an emergency evacuation plan prior to coming on safari. Chacma Hunting Safaris take a concerned and responsible stance regarding the health and safety of our clients when on safari with us and thus we have adopted the policy that clients must either (a) secure an emergency evacution plan, or (b) execute a formal written declaration declining coverage at the time of booking with us. This is done at the same time as the client reviews, approves and executes their safari documents. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.
Health & Safety Concerns on Safari in Mozambique
The prudent international traveler is going to be attentive to health & safety issues irresepective of their travel destination. Our hunting concession in Mozambique is in the northern province of Niassa. Its geographical location and remoteness presents the traveler with a different set of circumstances than found in South Africa. However, just as in South Africa, the health & safety issues you will face while on safari have much to do with the same 5 considerations:
(a) your own personal physical condition,
(b) your personal health issues,
(c) the general location of your safari,
(d) the activities you will engage in while on safari, and
(e) the preparedness of your outfitter.
It goes without saying that being in good physical condition is a prerequisite to the enjoyment of an active outdoor lifestyle. However, you do not have to be an elite athelete to enjoy the safari experience in Mozambique. To some degree, the amount of physical exertion required will depend on the species to be hunted, the terrain and the weather. The hunting of elephant, lion, and buffalo typically require a good deal of walking over generally flat to rolling terrain and through mixed vegetation. The hunting of these animals generally involves a good deal of “spooring”, where tracks of the desired species is located and then followed on foot, sometimes for hours. However, most of our lions are shot over bait nowadays leaving most of the walking to the hunting of elephant and buffalo.
In plains game hunting the hunting method is usually spot-and-stalk. You need to be in condition to climb in and out of the hunting vehicle and walk through brush which requires bending, stooping and kneeling. Thus, your feet, legs, and body core (back and waist) need some level of conditioning. Upon request we will send you a Physical Assessment Form for you to personally evaluate your physical conditioning. However, we are not exercise physiologists, so it is recommended that you consult with your family physician and health adviser to prepare for your upcoming safari from both a health perspective and physical conditioning perspective. If you do have special health or physical requirements, please advise us in advance to discuss your capabilities and concerns. Mozambique requires a full day's commitment (both physically and mentally) from each client in order to achieve the trophy expectations the client has paid for. Being comfortable in your boots while carrying a rifle, day pack, food & water for hours at a time is a daily expectation. Thus, while at home focus on lots of walking over un-even ground avoiding groomed trails and pavement. Carry the equipment you will have on your person while hunting. In lieu of a rifle a 10-pound kettle ball is a good substitute. It is advisable to refrain from team sports in the weeks and months ahead of your safari as team sports seem to carry the highest risk for injuries to joints such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, knees and ankles. Such injuries might make it difficult to shoulder a rifle or to walk long distances. Instead, focus on an individual program of fitness.
In the final days up to your departure for Mozambique, in the crush of making final preparations, there is a natural tendency to let one's conditioning regimen slide. Try to avoid this by planning well in advance and stick to your fitness regimen right up to the day before departure. Stay hydrated during your travel days.
Personal Health Issues
We are not qualified to give medical advice, but we do recommend that you consult with your family physician as early as possible (at least 3 months) in advance of your arrival date in Mozambique. If you are taking prescription medications make sure that (a) you have an ample supply to last you through your safari, and (b) that you have a letter from your physician explaining the nature of the medication in your possession. This precaution is because some medications may be narcotic based and having a letter of authorization from your physician will protect you from suspicion if those medications are found in your possession while traveling abroad. Your physician may suggest that you procure certain inoculations prior to your international travel. However, it is our experience that your local public health agency is the best place to obtain this information and any recommended inoculations. For clients based in the US, public health agencies are generally directly linked to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and will be the most informed as to requirements as well as the most recent health alerts. After being inoculated you will be provided with an inoculation record (yellow card) that you should place with your passport for international travel. This will constitute proof of inoculation in the rare instance that it should be asked of you.
General Location of Your Safari
Our Lureco Base Camp is located at Latitude S 12° 54' 44.34” Latitude E 37° 15' 57.95”.
The name of the closest town of any size is Marrupa, which is 2 ½ hours south by bush vehicle. Our hunting concession consists of 110,000 acres of wild African bush. Obviously, the remoteness of our location and the distance to high-level professional medical care is a natural concern of any traveler. That's why a Global Rescue membership is worth considering.
We are not qualified to give medical advice, so as part of your safari planning be sure to consult with appropriate health professionals to determine any prophylactic regimens and risks associated with those regimens (e.g. anti-malarial drugs can increase sensitivity to sun exposure, therefore clients should protect themselves with appropriate sun-screen). In addition, the origination point of your flight into Mozambique, as well as any interim stops along your travel route, may dictate inoculation regimens. Therefore, when you consult with your local public health agency regarding travel plans be sure to share this information with them. It is always a good idea to have a copy of your flight itinerary with you during this consultation. Certainly, just for general health purposes (as with any international travel), it is advised to have hepatitis and tetanus inoculations that are up-to-date. Many inoculations take several days, or even weeks, to become effective. Therefore, this part of your safari planning should not be delayed.
If any part of your safari is to take place outside of South Africa or Mozambique, then please consult with us relative to any possible additional health & safety concerns. Finally, 7-10 days in advance of your departure from you place of residency check with the CDC (US citizens) to determine the possibility and nature of any travel concerns.
It is difficult to be able to precisely assess the risk factors associated with any given activity. Much can depend on the weather, terrain, the number of people involved, their personal abilities and conditioning, the nature of the activity itself, etc. With that being said, one might presume that dangerous game hunting is more risky than plains game hunting, which is more risky than fishing, etc. We do provide safety talks in advance of each activity and expect clients to ask questions and to point out any possible unsafe situation that they might perceive to be present. We take our health & safety responsibilities to our clients seriously and take every reasonable precaution to ensure that our client's health & safety issues are looked after in a responsible manner. However, as stated elsewhere, we know of no Outfitter/Professional Hunter that is able to guarantee the health & safety of clients in every environment, and Chacma Safari is no exception. We do everything we reasonably can to prepare our clients for their African safari, but at the same time (as is standard within the industry) we request that each client sign a Release of Legal Rights & Waiver of Liability form before their safari begins.
Our Lureco Base Camp is a tented camp in the East Africa tradition. The tents are sturdily erected and well maintained. Because our camp is in a wilderness setting the wayward cape buffalo, lion or elephant is sometimes an unexpected visitor, usually during the evening hours. However our professional staff are scrupulous about camp safety and is well-equipped in knowledge and experience to adequately handle any wild intruders.
Before a PH may affiliate with us they must pass the SARC's (South African Red Cross) Basic First Aid Course. We also promote the achievement of higher first aid certifications (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and CPR) as well as continuing education to maintain certification levels. Medical supplies approved by SARC are easily accessible in a visible location if needed. Our hunting vehicles are equipped with up-to-date first aid kits as recommended by SARC. Just the same, it is advisable for the client to include in the client's daypack a small personal first aid kit of the kind typically sold for that purpose. Having medical incidentals readily available on one's person is a convenience and a comfort.
We communicate in the bush via satellite telephones. There is one in each hunting vehicle and one in base camp, thus we can communicate outside of base camp if an emergency situation necessitates doing so.
As one might expect, a large percentage of our clients come on safari to hunt; that's what we do. Accordingly, the biggest emphasis is on safety with firearms and archery equipment, and safety relative to the animals being hunted. A part of the first evening in base camp is devoted to these topics. Approximately one hour of the first morning is devoted to ensuring that your rifle, or bow, is shooting to the desired point of impact, and once again safety with firearms in and around vehicles and in the bush is emphasized. We also review the proper way to approach a downed animal.
If you are hunting dangerous game, upon arrival the first evening in base camp we discuss important aspects of your dangerous game safari and confirm the appropriate level of understanding as to safari expectations. The morning of the first day, in addition to checking your rifle for functioning and accuracy we will run you through a quick shooting session to provide you a further level of comfort in taking on a dangerous game animal at close range.
Our Safety Record
We are proud of never having had an accident that required professional medical treatment. Scratches, bruises, abrasions, are sometimes an inevitability of long days in the bush. Like scratches and dents that sometime appear on our rifles those are a testament to enduring memories of great times afield. We will look after your personal safety with the same commitment that we look after all aspects of your safari.