African tick fever is common, occurs throughout the year and does pose a risk for any persons going on hikes in the bush. Prevention of tick bites by wearing long pants, application of DEET-containing insect repellents to exposed areas, and checking for ticks after hikes and careful removal if found. While most disease is mild, complications do occur especially with delayed treatment. Doxycycline is highly effective if given early. Recognition of the disease is however a problem in countries where the disease does not occur.
You are advised to visit your general practice surgery or a travel medicine clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel. However, it is never too late to seek advice.
If you have a medical condition, you are advised to discuss the suitability of the trip before you book.