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Checking off risk from your holiday list

As this year's prime game-viewing season (June-October) gets under way, travellers are being warned to take greater care on safari in Africa this summer.  Just last month, American tourist Colleen Garbaczewski was walking at Victoria Falls when she was attacked by a lion.

Thankfully Ms Garbaczweski's condition was not life threatening and she has since made a full recovery.  However, this event serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of African wildlife.

Ian Jackson, General Manager of Travel Insurance Direct, said "Now that the dream of an African safari has become more commonplace, we're hearing occasional reports that travellers aren't always paying full attention to their safety.

A safari is generally a very safe and rewarding experience, but it's vital that travellers take precautions and follow the instructions of their guides."

Animal attacks on safari are, thankfully, incredibly rare. However, as tourism grows in Africa, contact between humans and animals is increasing. 

And it's not only larger animals that travellers need to watch out for.  Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers, and is a common worry for locals and holidaymakers alike.

Only last year pop sensation Cheryl Cole was diagnosed with the disease after visiting Tanzania. Travel insurance companies pay out £750,000 every day to some 1000 holidaymakers claiming emergency medical treatment while overseas, from malaria to ear infections.

Axa, Chartis, and Zurich are just some of the insurers that offer cover for safari holidays, whilst most insurers including Ageas, Aviva, Allianz, bhsf, NFU Mutual, and RSA offer travel insurance, helping you to kick back, relax, and enjoy your holiday.


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