Eritrea is located along the Red Sea, covering 125,000 sq. kms of what was formerly part of Ethiopia. The central highlands run north/south dividing the western lowlands from the eastern coastal lowlands. The highlands are cut by deep river valleys. The southern coastal strip forms part of the Danakil desert.

The climate varies from remaining hot along the coast (average temp. 30°C) to cooler temperatures in Asmara. The wet season is from June to October with a prolonged dry season.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

The hot costal climate of Eritea can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on returning to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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