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Do I Need Medical Evacuation Services for Luxury Safaris in Africa?


September 3, 2019
Categories: Destinations, Travel Tips

Picture-perfect views, breathtaking sunsets and extravagant lodging can all be experienced on a luxury safari in Africa. While vetted tour guides have undergone significant training to handle unexpected situations, it’s important to keep yourself safe when viewing wildlife. One way to take proper precautions before embarking on a one-of-a-kind luxury safari is to purchase a Global Rescue membership.

Why Should I Purchase a Medical Evacuation Membership for a Luxury Safari in Africa?

Travelers can fall ill in any location, regardless if it’s a luxurious African safari or a family-friendly cruise through the Bahamas. With a medical evacuation membership, injured or ill travelers have access to services to evacuate them to a location where they can receive stabilizing care before being transported to another medical facility (depending on the severity of the illness). Some medical evacuation membership providers even allow the traveler to select their hospital of choice for medical transportation.

Unexpected Illness or Injury During Travel
In Africa specifically, staying healthy should be a top consideration when planning a luxury safari trip. Serious illnesses are present in some areas of the continent. While each country has varying immunization requirements and recommendations listed in its entry requirements, it’s still important to be mindful of additional health risks.

There are of course minor illnesses that can occur on any trip and a Global Rescue travel membership has medical advisory services to assist with that too. If your luxury African safari trip includes excursions or additional activities, it’s important to invest in a medical evacuation membership in the event of any kind of illness or injury.

Wildlife in Africa
Safari tour providers make safety a top priority by providing their tour guides with rigorous training. Luxury safari tour guides are trained to interpret situations and avoid dangerous encounters with the animals in Africa. However, there is always the risk of unexpected encounters due to the unpredictable nature of animals. Because of this, it’s important to purchase a medical evacuation membership in the off chance any issues should arise.

African Luxury Safaris are in Remote Areas
Luxury African safaris are an intimate experience, removing travelers from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and transporting them into a peaceful environment. The seclusion of a luxury safari in Africa is oftentimes what motivates tourists to book their tickets.

It’s important to be mindful of how remote certain areas in Africa can be, which means if an accident occurs it can be challenging to get prompt medical attention. Travelers with medical evacuation memberships on a luxury African safari can access lifesaving services if needed. Without a membership, you could potentially be looking at out-of-pocket costs of more than $100,000 for medical evacuation services.

Tips to Prepare for Your African Luxury Safari

  • Do not wave or yell at the animals.
  • Wear appropriate clothing, like khakis. They’re comfortable, shield you from the sun and can help you blend in with the environment.
  • Remain inside the vehicle unless instructed otherwise.
  • Pack sunscreen and a hat.
  • Do not bring food on the safari.
  • Stay hydrated.

Why Choose Our Medical Evacuation Membership for Your Luxury African Safari Trip

Global Rescue is the world’s leading membership organization providing medical evacuation, field rescue and advisory services. If you’re planning a luxury safari in Africa, enroll in one of our travel memberships today.


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