Travel insurance for South Africa
Known for it's vast gold reserves, breath-taking natural beauty and eclectic wildlife, South Africa has much to offer the intrepid traveller. Any trip to the Motherland is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Ensure you remember the trip for all the right reasons by booking reliable travel insurance to South Africa with Holiday Extras.
Choosing Holiday Extras as your provider
Holiday Extras allows you to choose from three levels of insurance so you can tailor your choice to your trip:
- Basic cover provides £500 for cancellation costs per person, £1 million in medical cover, and £1,500 for baggage.
- Standard cover provides £1,000 cancellation cover per person, £2 million of medical cover, and £1,500 of baggage cover.
- Premium cover offers up to £5,000 cancellation cover per person, £1,500 for baggage, and £5 million to cover your medical costs.
Booking your policy
Booking your travel insurance to South Africa with Holiday Extras is quick and easy. You can choose your policy online or via our call centre team. Simply fill in the form above to compare our cover levels and make a payment. Extra help and further booking can be obtained from our friendly call centre team, they're FREE to call on our UK based helpline.
You can arrange an annual travel policy, which offers the same protection as Premium cover, if you intend to take multiple trips throughout the year. Individuals, couples or families on annual policies who live together do not have to travel together to be covered, and kids up to 18 are covered for FREE when they travel with at least one paying adult.
Best travel insurance for South Africa?
To get the best travel insurance for South Africa, more is involved than simply slapping "cheap travel insurance to South Africa" into Google or a comparison site and hoping for the best. For one thing, travel insurance comparison sites won't always vet the providers they advertise. It's always wise to check the background, reliability and trustworthiness of any insurer before deciding to go with them.
If you're considering booking your travel insurance to South Africa with Holiday Extras, find out what other's are saying about us by checking out our reviews.
Another important thing to consider when looking for the best travel insurance to South Africa, is the kind of activities you have planned. Are you snorkelling, scuba diving or water skiing? Then you'll want a policy with adequate water sports cover. Fancy taking a safari tour at Kruger national park? Then be sure to have safari travel insurance cover.
Most travellers like to take some expensive gadgets and tech with them on a trip - things like ipads, iphones and camera's. If you really can't afford to loose your tech, then it's also worth considering adding gadget cover to your policy. You might especially want gadget cover for your trip to South Africa, as the country is known for it's high rates of crime, including smash and grab theft. Adding gadget cover to your policy will ensure you don't need to take the financial hit.
South Africa travel tips
It would be foolish to deny that certain areas of South Africa, like Cape Town and Johannesburg are infamous for their high rates of violent crime. That being said, the country has so much to offer an intrepid traveller, and it would be a crime in itself not visit these beautiful, breath-taking cities out of any sense of fear. Here are some useful guidelines and tips to staying safe and getting the most out of your trip to South Africa:
If you need to take out some cash, it's advised not to use ATMs on the street. It's common for thieves and fraudsters to come along pretending to help, but with the intention of robbing you. The safest way to withdraw money is to use the ATMs inside shopping malls, as here there's adequate security and CCTV.
By far the safest and most convenient way to get around is by using Uber. Taxi services run all hours of the day and at just 200-250 rand (£11-14) are an affordable means of covering large distances around the city. Remember to only use official marked Taxi's. Don't ever walk anywhere alone at night, it's always best to either walk with a group of friends or just get a cab.
Alternatively, if you're looking for a cheaper way to get from Cape Town international airport to the city centre, there is a one way bus service departing every 30mins costing approximately 88 rand (roughly £5.00).
Another popular means of getting around is to rent a hire car, as UK driving licenses are valid for up to 12 months in South Africa. This offers you considerable freedom to explore outer lying areas, and visit attractions like national parks and vineyards - which often tend to be far from the city. If you're using a rental car, don't rely on GPS navigation, as this will only give you the fastest and not necessarily the safest route to your destination. It's always best to get directions from your hotel, host or the locals.
Avoid the unofficial "mini-bus taxis" that you may see around. These are unregulated and unsafe!
If you're planning to take a hire car, there are a few things you should be aware of to stay safe on the roads. It's best to avoid unfamiliar rural areas at night as these are the times when thieves and hijackers often operate. Thieves have been known to use various methods to stop a car and rob it's occupants, like placing large stones and other obstructions along isolated roads. Another technique used by hijackers involves getting drivers to stop by feigning distress. It's safer to report the incident to the police rather than pick up or help any apparently distressed motorists.
South Africa has a rich food history and culture, from the sumptuous fusions of Cape Malay Cuisine, to the famous Masala steak Gatsby sandwiches of down town Cape Town. There are a few things to remember when eating out. Tipping is customary, so be sure to add between 10-20% to the bill. At certain eating establishments, servers will want to see your receipt when they bring your order, so remember to hold on to this to avoid any confusion.
Understanding the lingo
A source of endless confusion amongst english speaking tourists is the mystery surrounding South African Slang. While it's not possible to give you a complete urban dictionary of all the idioms and colloquialisms, here's a breakdown of the one that catches everyone out...
"I'll see you just now" - The single most misleading piece of slang ever to be used. "Just now" does not mean "just now" in the sense that the rest of the world understands it. When a South African says "I'll see you just now", they really mean, "I'll see you later" i.e not now.
"Now Now" - If a South African says "I'm coming now now" this actually means that they'll be with you in five minutes.
"Now" - Fortunately, this means exactly what it has always meant - an immediate action.
South Africa's currency is the rand, and it can be exchanged for British pounds in advance, or at a money changer in a city.
The World Health Organisation recommends that you are vaccinated against Rabies, Typhoid and Hepatitis B. Be sure to get your injections weeks in advance, as our medical cover won't support you if you do not receive the required immunisations.
South African attractions
- The size of Israel, Kruger National Park has stunning landscapes and unique wildlife, like black rhinos and giraffes.
- Cape Town offers a gorgeous blend of beaches, vineyards and bustling markets.
- Play golf at the Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa. Try not to hit a zebra with a wayward shot!
- Ostrich farms abound in Oudtshoorn - you can even try to ride one.
- Cage dive with Great White Sharks in Gansbaai, just two hours from Cape Town.