Travel Insurance is an Important Addition to Your Safari Plan
Please Consider Travel Insurance
Because of a recent incident I want to stress the importance of travel insurance. Twice in less than a year we have had 4 guests on two different trips cancel very close to there travel dates. None had travel insurance.
Because of the way things work in Africa, all of our group’s safari expenses are booked and paid for well in advance and refunds and credits are not offered by our contractors, so when the trip approaches it is impossible for us to refund money. Many safari companies require guests to have coverage. Africa Wild Safaris does not make it mandatory at this time, but please understand that we will not be able to refund any money. Some money might be refunded if we can replace you , but it is most likely not going to be the full amount you paid.
Get Trip Cancellation, Curtailment, and Medical Coverage
Travel insurance with a cancellation coverage is really import. One of the guests had a near fatal heart attack 1 week before travel and in the other case the spouse died. While these seem extreme bad luck, more likely cancellation reasons could be a car accident, illness of parent or family member, house break in, work emergencies, surgery, or court appearance. When looking at policies please check cancellation reasons carefully. Also good to have is the usual trip interruption (cancelled flight), lost luggage, and the less likely illness on the trip so great it requires evacuation.
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Trip Cancellation and Curtailment
This incorporates cover against trip interruption or travel delay, loss or theft of luggage, or if you must cancel.
Typically this incorporates cover for medical expenses, transport to medical facilities expenses for travel partners, evacuation. Most also come with an assistance hotline support. They may also work with your medical insurance for follow up care once you are home or if you have coverage while overseas.
Travel insurance offered by credit cards may not be comprehensive so check the policy fine print.
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