Destination Information for Eritrea
Eritrea, on the East coast of Africa, bordering the Red Sea, is a little-visited country thanks to its difficult political situation, harsh landscape and tough travel restrictions. That said, it is an inspiring and unspoilt destination for those who make the journey. There’s plenty to offer for adventure lovers, including fabulous hiking, cycling and scuba diving. Those interested in the history of Eritrea will find plenty to be fascinated by in the museums and architecture.
The capital, Asmara, is situated in the highlands in the centre of the country and benefits from a temperate Mediterranean climate. Close to the capital is the Martyrs National Park, where you can experience much of the stunning wildlife Eritrea has to offer, including Elephants, lions, baboons, gazelles, leopards, ostriches, turtles and many species of rare birds. The variety of sights to see here means there really is something for everyone – from mountains to deserts, rainforests to beaches along the Red Sea coast. Visit the Medebar Market in Asmara, where almost everything is made from recycled materials. There’s a distinctly Italian feel to the capital, left from when Eritrea was governed by Italy up until World War 2. Pizza parlours and pastry shops are in abundance!
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria in all areas below 2200m, including the Red Sea coastline. Anti-malarial medication is recommended.
Other areas including the city of Asmara is low risk and anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.