Where did you go?
Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda).
Were there any language barriers?
English is pretty widely spoken.
What tourist attractions did you visit?
Safari through Botswana, Gorilla trekking, Victoria Falls.
Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?
My issues were related to my medication. Being immune-suppressed because of my drugs I was unable to have the yellow fever vaccine (it’s a live vaccine) – which is very highly recommended for Uganda, but in reality was never an issue for the areas we visited.
Was there anything out of the ordinary that stressed you out, or could potentially stress out someone with IBD?
Nothing out of the ordinary for me. Passport controls in foreign countries are always have some levels of stress. I’m pretty calm about most things.
Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?
I always carried my own paper in a backpack just in case.
On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?
(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)
2 – some discomfort, but pretty much symptom free due to my medication. I have travelled while symptomatic before – not on this trip.
On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?
(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)
2 – Only issue was related to the vaccines.
Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management?
Not really – but some places are pretty remote so it might have affected me more if I was symptomatic.
Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD?
Amazing trip- you could see plenty and still be close enough to medical attention if you needed it.
I love to travel, I’m at the lower end of Crohn’s cases, and I’m pretty stress free generally – so the travel never caused me many issues, at least that I didn’t think weren’t outweighed by the great times I’ve had. I also don’t like “can’t” – although I’m sure that for others it will affect them greatly. I recommend learning a bit of the language (particularly as it relates to IBD), do your research, get insured, and be as comfortable as you can that you’ve crossed every ‘T’.
And get out there!