Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, you do. Please check our Travel Insurance page for more details. African safari and adventure holidays represent a fairly substantial outlay of finances and even the initial deposit amounts can be quite large. Furthermore, many camps and lodges require full payment way ahead of time and have fairly restrictive cancellation policies. For this reason, we ask that all our guests purchase trip insurance to cover them for unexpected and unforeseen events, such as sickness, injury, loss of job etc. We can organize trip insurance for you. If we don’t make the arrangements for your trip insurance, you will need to provide proof of insurance for us before departure.
Do I need special medical vaccinations when travelling to Africa?
For travel to some countries, you will need Yellow Fever vaccination. We recommend that you stay up to date with other shots like hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid and others. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for people coming to Africa from malaria-free parts of the world. We can give better and more specific advice to be used in conjunction with your doctor’s recommendations once we know more about your country of residence and have pin-pointed your African safari destination.
Do I need health insurance?
Check your travel insurance carefully and make sure that your travel insurance plan also covers medical emergencies and medical evacuation/repatriation, and make sure that the standard plan coverage is adequate for your needs. We can direct you the proper organizations that provide these services.
What if I have a medical emergency somewhere out in Africa?
Our guides are all trained in basic emergency care and carry a first aid kit with them at all times. Camps are also equipped with basic medical kits and satellite phones. For more serious situations requiring care by a doctor or surgeon, you will be evacuated to the nearest medical center for initial care, and if necessary, repatriated to your home country for advanced medical care. Good travel insurance should cover the expenses of any medical emergency. Who actually ferries you out from a remote location in the bush to a hospital? It is the AMREF Flying Doctors who provide this service at a nominal cost; although they fly mainly from East Africa, they can arrange evacuations from anywhere in the continent. Some operators insist on including this coverage in the cost of the safari. We agree that this is a wise thing to do, both for your peace of mind and ours.