Whether you're visiting the ancient pyramids of Egypt, embarking on an exciting safari in Kenya or soaking up the sun in South Africa, your trip to Africa is sure to be one that you always remember. Africa is an incredibly vast landmass and full of diverse landscapes and wildlife. From the vast barren views of the Sahara Desert to the tropical hotspot of biodiversity that is the island of Madagascar, Africa is full of beautiful things to see and fun things to do that you can experience nowhere else in the world.
There are 54 countries in Africa and some dependent regions:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Cte dIvoire (Ivory Coast)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Western Sahara (non-self governing territory)
- Canary Islands (Spain)
- Madeira (Portugal)
- Mayotte (France)
- Runion (France)
- Saint Helena (U.K.)
Do You Need Travel Insurance?
Large sections of Africa are still rural and are not close to hospitals. If you have a major accident, experience a heart attack or fall very ill, you will likely need to travel some distance or be medically evacuated to a major city in order to get good medical care.
We highly recommend that you have travel medical insurance that covers medical evacuation when traveling in Africa. Not only are you more likely to be far away from medical facilities, but you're also more likely to need them. Some of the most unique experiences in Africa also involve a fair amount of risk. For example, safaris are the most iconic activity when visiting Africa, but they also come with risk as no one can completely predict the behavior of wild animals. Just in case, it's a good idea to protect yourself with travel insurance for an African safari.
Unfortunately, there are many regions of Africa that have histories of political instability. As a result, the risk of needing to cancel your trip due to unsafe conditions at your destination is higher than many other places in the world. This is a good reason to consider trip insurance to cover your investment in case you need to cancel your plans due to circumstances outside of your control.