Nothing stirs the imagination and stimulates the senses quite like a safari holiday. Tanzania is the equal of any country in the world when it comes to boasting a majestic animal kingdom. However, as with any destination where animals roam free, care needs to be taken to ensure your trip is not marred by accidents and injuries on holiday.
How can I avoid claiming for travel accident compensation on safari?
The first thing to remember is that there really is no substitute for experience. Listening to your tour guides and following their instructions goes a long way to ensuring you avoid holiday injuries and accidents abroad.
Tanzania is home to every member of Africas Big Five. Despite what the name suggests, these are not actually the biggest animals on the continent. They were originally grouped together by hunters because of their difficulty to catch. They are:
- Lions - King of the plains. Though they rarely attack humans, 563 people were killed over a period of 15 years in a Tanzanian village by these master predators.
- Elephants - Generally quite placid creatures, a large amount of the destruction caused by an elephant is accidental, unless they are stampeding, in which case its advisable to be somewhere far away.
- Rhinos – A lifetime of being hunted and poached has made these species somewhat wary of humans. Just don’t get trapped between a mother and her young.
- Leopards - Like the lion, human attacks from leopards are rare but their speed and agility means escape is unlikely if they do attack.
- Cape Buffalo - Notorious for their tendency to turn and fight rather than flee hunters, these herbivores can make a mess of just about anyone and anything.
As well as the Big Five, other animals on a Tanzanian safari that demand respect and careful attention to avoid a nasty accident on holiday include:
- Crocodiles - Don’t be fooled by their often lazy appearance. One wrong move and within the blink of one of their menacing eyes you could be in serious trouble.
- Zebras - They may look like horses, but they are nothing like as tameable.
What can I do if I suffer an accident on holiday?
If you are injured whilst travelling, Accident Advice Helpline have the experience and expertise to help get you the travel accident compensation you deserve. Our friendly legal team work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown