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Safari Trekking Travel Insurance

If you are planning a trip abroad and you will be taking part in Safari Trekking, you will need to have a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave your home.

Safaris are arguably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about travelling to Africa. While Safaris are technically nothing more than Hunting Excursions, nowadays, the name has generally come to refer to overland off road trips into the wilderness.

The purpose of those trips is generally to spot and often photograph big Wildlife, including iconic mammals such as Leopards, Lions, Hyenas, Elephants, Giraffes, Elephants and Buffalo. A safari usually involves driving through nature reserves on unpaved tracks, sometimes combined with wildlife, spotting hikes or treks. The vast majority of Safaris are organised by local Tour Operators or accommodations in certain southern African countries. However, that does not mean that you cannot take matters into your own hands and arrange your own customised Independent Safari.

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Safari Trekking

Safari Trekking is an activity that involves walking, often to remote areas that cannot be accessed any other way. Sometimes, it also requires participants to camp in the wilderness. It is often undertaken with an emphasis on adventure and may involve walking over mountains, across arid plains or other rough terrains. Safari Trekking is the ideal way to spot high profile African Wildlife, such as gorillas, lions and rhinos.

Trekkers generally carry backpacks with them, stuffed with food, water, clothes, a First Aid kit and, if camping is involved, sometimes also a tent and sleeping bag. It is often difficult to make the distinction between Trekking and Hiking, generally speaking, treks are much longer than hikes and sometimes take place in more remote and wilder areas.

Common Injuries

If you are planning to go on a Safari vacation, it is essential that you purchase Travel Insurance before leaving the country, both for peace of mind and in case something actually happens.

Although Safaris, including Safari Trekking, are enjoyed by many thousands of tourists every year, and are a relatively safe and fun activity for the family to enjoy as well, there are obviously inherent risks.

Injuries or fatalities occurring as a result of contact with dangerous or poisonous animals are very rare, although they do occur. Remember that the animals you might encounter on a Safari trek are wild, dangerous and often quite large. They are unpredictable as well. There have been cases of elephants and other animals charging and causing injuries and sometimes even fatalities as a result. However, these are rare and extremely unlikely to happen. Always, always go Safari Trekking with an experienced local guide.

To lower the risk of getting injuries during a Safari trek, keep the following tips in mind:

  • If for some reason you do find yourself at risk, listen to the guide, follow instructions and try not to panic.
  • Do not do anything to deliberately antagonise the animals.
  • Wear closed shoes when Safari Trekking.
  • If you are camping or lodging in an area that may still have wild animals in the vicinity, always carry a torch when leaving your lodgings.
  • Also, make sure to whistle if you find yourself alone in the dark. This will alert any animals in the area that you are near and will not allow you to surprise and scare them.

When going on a trek, there will be various adverse conditions to navigate and negotiate. These can include traversing difficult terrain, experiencing less than ideal weather conditions and encountering wild animals, which is often the one and only purpose of Safari Trekking. For these reasons, there is also a wide variety in the injuries that could be sustained.

When going Safari Trekking, overheating and dehydration are major concerns. To counteract the possibly severe effects of dehydration or exhaustion, it is vital to keep yourself hydrated while trekking by drinking lots of water. Additionally, protective clothing, including long sleeves and trousers to cover your skin will protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Injuries and conditions that may occur while Safari Trekking include:

  • Nausea
  • Sprains and strains
  • Hypothermia
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Sunburn
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Tropical diseases
  • Bite and scratch wounds

European and Worldwide Residents

World Nomads offers Travel Insurance if you are a Resident of a European or Worldwide country and you are planning to take part in Safari Trekking whilst on your trip.

You can also add high value items, such as Sports Gear, Technical Equipment and Cameras, and Personal Items.

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Important Information

You are required at all times to wear the appropriate safety equipment, for example protective clothing and / or suitable head protection.

All of the information we provide about travel insurance is a brief summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all countries, states or provinces. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage. WorldNomads.com Pty Limited (ABN 62 127 485 198 AR 343027) at Governor Macquarie Tower, Level 18, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia is an Authorised Representative of Cerberus Special Risks Pty Limited (ABN 81 115 932 173 AFSL 308461) and is underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd's.


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