Introducing SATIBGo Travel Insurance for Your Next African Safari

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Written by Peter Pittendrigh on August 9th, 2023

Introducing SATIBGo Travel Insurance for Your Next African Safari

Are you planning an unforgettable safari adventure to the majestic lands of Africa? Traveling to this beautiful continent offers unparalleled experiences, yet it’s not without its unique risks and challenges. That’s why we at Map2Africa are thrilled to announce our collaboration with SATIBGo to provide comprehensive travel insurance tailored specifically for your African journey.

Why Travel Insurance is Essential for Your African Safari

Traveling to remote locations and wilderness areas in Africa can be challenging due to unpredictable transport facilities and difficult-to-access terrains. The importance of having robust travel insurance cannot be overstated, and SATIBGo’s inbound travel insurance is designed with Africa’s unique environment in mind.

1. Tailored for Africa’s Unique Travel Risks

SATIBGo’s insurance covers post-pandemic, ever-changing travel risks associated with traveling in Africa. Whether it’s trip cancellation, postponement, or interruption, you’re protected.

2. Comprehensive Medical and Emergency Coverage

With a maximum limit of USD 5,000,000, emergency medical, transportation, evacuation, and repatriation are all taken care of. Even in remote locations, you have access to first response services and evacuation.

3. Protection Against Inconveniences

Missed flights, overbooked transport, and travel delays can be frustrating. SATIBGo offers compensation and covers expenses for accommodation, food, and communication.

4. Security Protection and Political Evacuation

Feel secure even when the unexpected happens. SATIBGo has your back with incident management advice and evacuation costs coverage.

5. Luggage and Personal Property Protection

Enjoy peace of mind with coverage for luggage delay, loss, and even protection for personal electronic equipment.

6. 24/7 Access to Africa’s Leading Remote Incident Management Team

Forget dealing with numerous call centers across the globe; SATIBGo provides unlimited access to Africa’s specialists and leading service providers.

Our Offer: An Array of Options Tailored to Your Needs

We understand that different travelers have unique needs and preferences. That’s why SATIBGo’s inbound travel insurance provides multiple coverage levels ranging from Excess, Bronze, Silver, to Gold. Some of the standout features include:

  • Travel Arrangement Protection with options to include up to 100% cover of trip cost.
  • Security Protection against Kidnap, Extortion, Hijack, and more.
  • Personal Liability and Legal Expenses coverage.
  • Special Section for Accidental Death and Disability.
SATIBGo: A Trustworthy Partner

SATIBGo, backed by Lombard Insurance Company Limited and global leaders like Nexus Re (UK) and United States Fire Insurance Co (USA), ensures you only get the best. They have partnered with Africa’s leading incident management team, SATIB24 Crisis Call, to bring you this product.

Conclusion: Don’t Leave Home Without It

We at Map2Africa firmly believe that no one knows Africa like SATIBGo does! By bundling this comprehensive travel insurance with the packages we offer, we’re providing a safety net that allows you to explore Africa’s beauty without worries.

Starting from just USD 7.00 per person, per day, this travel insurance product is now offered via South African-based Tour Operators and Destination Management Companies (DMC’s) to ANY traveler from ANY destination traveling to Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

So, take control and give yourself and your fellow travelers 24/7 access to Africa’s specialists. Allow us to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve on your next African safari.

ENQUIRE TODAY! Map2Africa and SATIBGo are committed to offering you only the best. Your unforgettable African journey awaits, and we are here to make sure it’s safe and secure.

Disclaimer: SATIB Insurance Brokers (Pty) Ltd t/a SATIBGo Travel Assist, is a registered South African company. All services provided are covered and administered by World Travel Assist America LLC. SATIBGo will not be held responsible for any liability arising or as a consequence of lawsuits of any kind due to negligence or breach by World Travel Assist America LLC or any third-party service suppliers. Full terms and conditions apply.

Sleeping Under the Stars: An Unforgettable Safari Experience with Map2Africa

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Written by Peter Pittendrigh on July 24th, 2023

Sleeping Under the Stars: An Unforgettable Safari Experience with Map2Africa

Imagine the immense African sky unrolling above you like an endless blanket of stars, each twinkle a story whispered by the universe. This surreal experience is no longer confined to imagination; it’s a reality you can live on your next safari with Map2Africa. Our select lodges offer sleep-out decks, allowing you to immerse in the wilderness under the vast African sky. Three of our most cherished locations include Leroo La Tau (Makgadikgadi), Camp Okavango (Delta and Desert Safaris), and Dune Star Camp (Namib).

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Sleep Out Experience

Imagine finding yourself in one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural environments—the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. As one of the largest salt flats globally, this remote destination offers an untouched sanctuary, devoid of both sound and light pollution. With only a comfy bed separating you from the infinite expanse, it becomes a perfect setting to rediscover tranquillity and inner peace.

Leroo La Tau’s dedicated team will set up your cosy outdoor sleeping arrangement, aptly named the ‘bedroll.’ Complete with a duvet, pillow, and additional warm blankets, this spacious three-quarter bed promises a snug refuge from the chilly desert night. Ideal for couples, the close-knit bedroll adds a dash of romance to this unique experience.

As night falls, a sumptuous bush meal is prepared traditionally, cooked over an open fire beneath the cosmic theatre. Your plate fills with local delights as the sky above you twinkles with an unending array of stars.

This exclusive experience is offered from July to October, when the dry season dresses the flats in a stunning costume of shimmering white salt. Here, horizons stretch endlessly, and the night sky reveals an awe-inspiring stellar spectacle. However, with space for only six people, ensure you book your spot early. Those desiring a more intimate escapade can opt for a private trip (additional charges applicable).

Elevate this experience with a luxurious 30-minute helicopter ride to the pans. Doorless and breathtaking, the flight gifts you with panoramic views of Botswana’s extraordinary landscapes and incredible wildlife. Thus, your journey to the sleepout site itself becomes a thrilling adventure.

Sleeping under the stars on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is more than just a night out in nature—it’s an unforgettable immersion in the raw beauty of the African wilderness.

An Unforgettable Night In The Heart Of Botswana

Imagine yourself immersed in the vast Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest untouched wetland wildernesses, brimming with over 160 species of mammals and 530 species of birds. This isn’t just any wilderness experience – this is an exclusive overnight stay on Camp Okavangos Sleep-Out Deck, designed for those looking to form an intimate bond with Africa’s unique wildlife.

As night falls, retreat to your spacious double bed draped with mosquito nets, perfectly positioned on the Sleep-Out Deck. From here, the panorama of the Botswana wilderness unfolds before you, a stage set for the nocturnal symphony of nature. The comfort of our guests is our priority, which is why they’ve equipped the deck with a private toilet and ensured the bed offers the ultimate viewing spot for the star-studded African sky.

Your sleep-out adventure begins with the setting sun, casting a golden glow over the landscape, and concludes with the stunning sunrise that paints the sky in hues of orange and pink. The dedicated staff at Camp Okavango will greet you with fresh morning tea and coffee as you soak in the enchanting scene of a new day dawning in the heart of Africa.

The Sleep-Out Deck has become even more welcoming to families. An extra bed can be added to the deck to accommodate families with up to two children aged between 6 – 12 years old. Your safety is always our top concern, so a trained guide will always be nearby, discreetly providing security while also respecting your privacy. Enjoy this unique opportunity to have the Okavango Delta all to yourselves, for a night you and your family will treasure forever.


The Dune Star Camp in The Namib 

The arid desert transforms into a theatre of stars as night falls. The sleep-out deck allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of this stark landscape under the starlit sky. Sleeping in the heart of the Namib Desert is a truly awe-inspiring experience, with the constellations serving as your night-time canopy. As the dawn approaches, the horizon slowly glows with the warm hues of sunrise, a sight you won’t forget.

Sleeping under the stars is more than just a unique accommodation offering; it’s a chance to reconnect with the world around us on a deep, visceral level. It’s an invitation to appreciate the grandeur of the natural world, the raw beauty of Africa, and the simplicity of living with the rhythms of nature.

At Map2Africa, we believe in offering our guests experiences that go beyond the ordinary. The sleep-out deck experience is one such jewel that promises an intimate communion with the African wild. As you lay under the sprawling sky, remember, each star has a story to tell, and it’s time you listened. Sleep tight, safari dreamers, for the African night has many songs to sing.

The wrong way down – Bike Packing through South Africa

The wrong way down – Bike Packing through South Africa
The Wrong way Down

🚴‍♂️ Join us on an Incredible Journey for a Great Cause! 🌊🎗️

We are embarking on an extraordinary cycling expedition from Cape Town, Western Cape, all the way to the Botswana Border, Limpopo (Ponts Drift). Our mission? To raise vital funds and awareness for the Muizenberg Surf Foundation, a remarkable organisation founded by Shaun Solomons.

Growing up in Muizenbergs’ economically disadvantaged area, Shaun understands the challenges faced by the children in the community. Many of these young individuals lack access to basic necessities, facing daily struggles that can hinder their futures. However, Shaun’s foundation is changing lives, one wave at a time.

At the Muizenberg Surf Foundation, every child is provided with a nutritious lunch, often the only substantial meal they’ll have all day. Beyond that, the foundation offers educational support and guidance, addressing social issues these children are grappling with. By engaging in this program, these youngsters find solace away from the streets and stay clear of dangerous influences like gangs.

But it doesn’t stop there. Through the foundation’s mentoring program, these children are not only taught how to surf but also learn valuable life skills such as responsibility and becoming active contributors to society. The program even opens doors for them to become surf instructors in the future, empowering them with valuable employment opportunities.

Sadly, the Muizenberg Surf Foundation has experienced a significant loss of funding due to the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s where we need your help! By supporting our GoFundMe page (link below), you can make a difference in the lives of these deserving children and ensure that Shaun’s incredible project keeps running smoothly.

Listen to our latest podcast episode to learn more about our journey, the inspiring stories behind the Muizenbueg Surf Foundation, and how you can contribute to this important cause. Follow the link below to tune in and be part of the movement:

🎧 Podcast Episode can be found here. 
🔗 GoFundMe Page can be found here

Your support, whether through donations or spreading the word, will make a meaningful impact on the lives of these children, providing them with hope, opportunities, and a brighter future. Together, we can create positive change and empower the next generation.

#CyclingForACause #MuizenburgSurfFoundation #MakingWaves #EmpoweringChildren #SupportLocalCommunities #JoinTheMovement

Tourism, Travel & COVID-19 – The new narrative for Southern and Eastern Africa during a crisis Vortex

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to a number of contributors to tourism, Travel, and COVID-19

A book that offers comprehensive guidelines to help you overcome this crisis including an adaptable and comprehensive tourism crisis recovery checklist; how to manage risks and revenue optimally; how to identify weak links in the tourism value chain (and fix them!); why storytelling is your secret weapon and a lot more. There are some amazing contributions to the book and are discussed by: 

  • Shanaleigh Hebbard, Editor of tourism, Travel and COVID-19
  • Sarah Habsburg – Resilience action planning – Attracting domestic guests and social distancing
  • Mandisa Magwaxaza – Tourism vs poorism
  • Navlika Ratangee – Promoting personal and workplace mental health in the age of COVID-19
  • Kobus Scholtz – Positive mental mindset vs COVID-19 upset. Winner Takes It All

Pick up a copy of the book by clicking here   

Dr Helene Muller – Interruptions in the status quo

In this riveting episode, we journey across the globe with Dr. Helene Muller, a seasoned traveller with a passion for exploration. We delve into a myriad of captivating topics – from the majesty of mountains and the essence of African landscapes, to the thrill of searching for snow in the most unexpected locations. We also ride along memory lane, recounting experiences from an exhilarating cycle trip through the vibrant landscapes of Vietnam. There’s a lot more in store, including invaluable travel insights and inspiring anecdotes. You can follow Dr. Muller’s adventures on Instagram @lienmuller8. Get ready to ignite your wanderlust and join us on this extraordinary voyage!

Episode can be found here