Travelling to Africa is something on just about every intrepid travellers list of destinations. Whether you day dream about exploring the deserts and forests that can be found on this diverse continent, or should you hope to experience a real safari in the midst of the dry African bush, having a bit of knowledge to help you along the way will make for a more exciting, and somewhat more laid back trip.
Africa is unlike any other place you will ever visit. The landscapes are vast and each country has something different to offer guests in terms of things to see and experience. Regardless of where you are planning your travels, our tips can help you out.
Bring Along your Smartphone
Africa is very much interconnected with the world and there is good service in the more urban places/countries. South Africa in particular has good coverage although you might find that data is a little more expensive than you are used to. You could easily say that everyone in Africa has a smartphone. And there is always the benefit of having an extra camera with you.
Beware of Malaria
Although eradicated in many parts of the world, malaria is still a threat in many parts of Africa, including the North East corner of South Africa. Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and it can leave you feeling incredibly sick and if left untreated, it could lead to death. Luckily, there is more than one way that you can prevent getting sick. Preventative medication, taken before and during your time in Africa, is without a doubt the most effective.
Become informed about HIV
Although it’s 2019, some people still believe that Africa and HIV go hand in hand. It is true that the illness has become endemic and devastated communities across the continent, if you know the basics about HIV you have nothing to fear. Letting the stigma of HIV prevent you from coming to Africa would be a big mistake.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
Africa is well known for having a really intense sun and if you don’t protect your skin it will easily become burnt and painful. Packing a proper sunscreen with a strong SPF is important for the health of your skin. Urban areas will sell sunscreen but if you are travelling to a more remote location, you might not find what you are looking for so it is important to pack it.
Be street smart and pack your common sense
Africa is not a lawless place as most media would like you to believe, but you still need to have your street smarts and use your common sense when travelling through the continent. Just like any other place, there are those who might take a chance with you. Be savvy and if something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut.