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Self Drive Safari Travel Insurance

Self Drive Safaris are ideal for people who want to explore the African landscapes and spot iconic high-profile wildlife on their own schedule and at their own pace. These independent Safaris may be more expensive (sometimes a lot more), though, than organised tours. On the other hand, they do have the priceless advantage of ultimate freedom of movement. Self Drive Safaris, as they take place in remote country with the presence of Wild Animals, require proper preparation.

You can get a policy online at our ADVENTURES website. Please select Safari (Horseback), Safari (not Tour Operator organised) or Safari (Tour Operator organised).

To get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 047 5065 (FREE) or 01273 773 017 info@jsinsurance.co.uk

Summary of Cover

Section & Cover Limit Per Person Excess
Cancellation £3,000 £50
Medical Expenses £10,000,000 £50
Emergency Repatriation £10,000,000 £50
Personal Effects & Baggage £1,750 £50
Money & Cash £500 £50
Travel Delay £100 -
Holiday Abandonment £3,000 £50
Missed Departure £750 -
Personal Accident £25,000 -
Legal Expenses £25,000 £100

Self Drive Safari

While a Safari is actually nothing more than a hunting excursion, the name has come to refer to overland off road trips into the wilderness. Usually, the goal of a Safari is to track and spot, sometimes also photograph, iconic African Wildlife, such as buffalo, elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes, lions, hippos and leopards.

A Self Drive Safari usually involves driving through nature reserves on unpaved tracks, sometimes combined with Wildlife, spotting safari treks.

Originally derived from the Arab word Safar, which means journey, the modern word Safari was taken over by the Swahili people, who gave it their own touch by adding an i at the end. This Swahili word Safari also means journey. The word was first used in English in the mid 1800s when legendary explorer Sir Richard Burton brought it back to England.

The vast majority of Safaris are organised by local tour operators or accommodations in many southern African countries. However, that does not mean that you cannot take matters into your own hands and arrange your own customised Independent Safari.

Self Drive Safaris are ideal for people who want to explore the African landscapes on their own schedule and at their own pace. These independent Safaris may be more expensive (sometimes a lot more), though, than organised tours. On the other hand, they do have the priceless advantage of ultimate freedom of movement.

That being said; organised tours can be considered safer, easier and, because an experienced guide is present, often also more successful. Whether you want to opt for a Self Drive Safari or an organised Safari is completely up to you and your priorities.

Popular Areas for a Self Drive Safari

Safaris, including, of course, Self Drive Safaris, usually take place in Africa. Particularly the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa are ideal for the classic Safari. Examples include:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania
  • Nigeria
  • Zambia
  • Uganda
  • Kenya

Your Safety on a Self Drive Safari

Whilst on a Self Drive Safari, there will always be an element of risk. As there is no one there to guide you, you could encounter some unexpected challenges, whether they are poor road conditions, a car break down, a road block or a bush fire. It is the job of the company you have booked with to give you a full briefing about possible dangers and how to minimise them when you pick up the vehicle.

Important Information

Adventures Travel Insurance is arranged for JS Travel Insurance through P J Hayman & Company Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 497103). Registered office: Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX. Reg no. 2534965. Adventures Travel Insurance is underwritten by Antares Syndicate 1274 at Lloyd’s. Antares is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.


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