Many people dream of going on safari and seeing Earth’s most incredible creatures roaming free in their natural habitats. Safaris are a once in a lifetime opportunity, but they do pose a risk of travel accidents.
Staying safe when travelling on safari
If you’re preparing to jet off to Africa, travelling on safari, or you’re thinking about going on a safari for your next holiday, here are five things to avoid to help you stay safe abroad and avoid travel injuries:
- Don’t leave your vehicle: Going on safari is very different to spotting animals at the zoo and there is a risk of injury. These wild animals, no matter how beautiful and docile they look, are often extremely powerful, strong and aggressive and they will attack in certain circumstances. If you’re out on a game drive, stay in the safety of your vehicle and never leave it without the permission or guidance of your safari guide. If you need the loo or you feel unwell, tell your driver and they will find a safe place to pull over.
- Don’t wander around at night: Many safari camps are open and you’ll often find wildlife, such as zebra and giraffe, roaming free around the huts. Avoid the temptation to go out and try and spot wild creatures in the dead of night and wait until dawn to leave your room. Occasionally, wild animals, which could cause a great deal of harm to humans, wander into camps and they will be able to spot you a lot sooner than you see them.
- Don’t forget to have your vaccinations: If you’re heading off to an exotic destination, it’s always a good idea to check if you need travel vaccinations well in advance. If you’re not up to date with your injections or you need certain vaccinations for the country you are visiting, you will need to get these sorted before you travel and some vaccinations require a course of treatment, which may span several weeks. Vaccinations help to reduce the risk of travel illness. It is also worth taking medications, such as painkillers and anti-diarrhoea tablets, and a first aid kit with you. Malaria tablets may also be recommended.
- Don’t drink tap water: Tap water is not safe to drink in most parts of Africa, so always drink bottled water and avoid eating anything which may have been washed in water from the tap, such as fruit and salad.
- Avoid wearing shoes without grip: When you go on safari, you may well be walking, so always take suitable footwear with you, such as walking or hiking boots. Choose a well-fitting, sturdy pair of shoes, which offers grip and support for your ankles, to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.
Claiming for a safari accident
If you’ve been injured abroad or you’ve been involved in a holiday accident, which wasn’t your fault, call our personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, for information about making a travel accident claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice