The Risks |
driving hazards in Africa
You should be aware of all the risks
Safari Drive does not gloss over the dangers and risks associated with a driving safari in Africa. The key to a safe and enjoyable holiday is good preparation and confidence in learned safety skills. Every country has its own particular dangers and before you go you need to be aware of what can go wrong on this type of trip.
The main risks
- Loss of control of the vehicle
- Side winds leading to destabilisation of the vehicle and loss of control
- Innappropriate speed for the road conditions
- Corrugations causing vehicle to slide on gravel
- Unexpected hazards
- Other road users
- Driver inexperience
- Dangerous road conditions
Avoiding the risks
We do recommend driving courses based on your experience, the country you are visiting and the conditions that you are likely to encounter. You need to be aware that a 4x4 driving course will teach you about the capabilities of you vehicle but do nothing to keep you safe on the gravel roads.
Tips to improve your road safety in Africa
- Learn advanced driving skills
- Drive defensively
- Do a skid pan training course
- Drive much slower than you would in Europe
- Expect unexpected hazards
- Dont expect other road users to automatically avoid you.
Please feel free to discuss with us all aspects of risk and safety at any time before you encounter the African roads, call Ollie Blackwell or Charles Norwood or any of our team. We can offer some driving tips to improve your driving and help you to get the most out of your trip.
It is vital that every traveller to Africa check out the relevent FCO Travel Warnings here
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