7 Secrets To Travel Safe in Africa

Travelling is always a concern especially to a new country. Here is a guide which will help you travel with a peace of mind so you can have unforgettable time.

7 Secrets To Travel Safe in Africa

You’ve got the plane ticket, the hotel reservation, the itinerary. But have you given any thought or taken any steps to protect your health and safety? The worst thing that can happen is that you spend your vacation in a hospital— or bring home a weird, exotic virus that has you bedridden for weeks.

You also want to avoid theft, mugging, or worst, terrorist attacks. Your resort may call itself an “island paradise” but let’s not be naive and assume everyone is as friendly as they look in the brochures.

Be smart. Prepare, make informed decisions, especially if you’re traveling with your family. This vacation is supposed to be fun—and you can do your part by preventing most disasters.

1. Check Travel Advisories

Your embassy will list places that they recommend “caution” or right-out tell you to stay away from altogether. This could be because of a tense political situation, or a low level of security in underdeveloped areas.

But also take advisories with some degree of salt. You can safely assume that the capitals and major cities of a country will be more tourist friendly, since governments would’ve probably taken great efforts to develop them. The exception, of course, are countries going through civil war—in which case, read the international newspapers (or the web-version of their local English paper) to see how bad it really is.

2. Get Vaccinated

Some viruses that are relatively rare in your country may proliferate in the climate of another—and you don’t have the natural antibodies to fight them. Get the full range of vaccines (your embassy website will also recommend which ones you really need, depending on here you want to go).

3. Bring Medicines and Prescriptions

Ask your doctor for two copies of your prescriptions (carry one in your wallet, and leave one in your luggage). Also bring enough anti histamines (for allergies) or any maintenance vitamins or medications. Asthmatics should carry have a nebulizer—especially since attacks can be triggered by change in climate or physical exertion (you never know how much walking you’ll be doing during the tour).

4. Never Flaunt Your Valuables

Wearing your Rolex or flashing large amounts of money practically screams “Rob me!” to the pickpockets. Keep small bills and change in your belt bag for easy access (these are for entrance fees, cab fares, snacks). Keep larger bills in a zippered pocket. To be very safe, divide the money and distribute it among several pockets—at least, even if you do get robbed, you still have something left.

Another tip: bring only what you need for that day and leave the rest in the hotel safety deposit box.

5. Travel in Groups

This is unfamiliar land, and you may not even speak the local language. So stick together (at least divide into pairs), especially at night.

6. Ask the Hotel Receptionist/Travel Agent Which Places to Avoid

Before exploring the area, get a list of places known for its crime rate, or streets that tend to get dark after a particular hour. Identify the areas on a map and avoid accordingly.

7. Tell the Hotel Receptionist Where You Are Going

This is very important if you are going skiing, hiking, or participating in any activity where there is a risk of getting lost or injured. Name how many people will be in your party and what time they can expect you. Then, they can alert authorities if you have not returned.

Here are few more tips to bear in mind which will help you travel safely in Africa:-

Traveling to Africa can be an incredibly enriching experience, but it is also important to prioritize safety while exploring the continent. Here are seven tips to help you travel safely in Africa:

Research your destination: Before you go, research the country you are planning to visit. Learn about the customs, traditions, and laws of the country, as well as any safety concerns that may exist. Check travel advisories from your government and consult with locals or travel agents to get up-to-date information about the area.

Dress appropriately: Dress modestly and avoid flashy jewelry or expensive items that could attract unwanted attention. It is also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes, as you may be doing a lot of walking or hiking.

Be aware of your surroundings: Always be aware of your surroundings and stay alert in unfamiliar areas. Avoid walking alone at night, especially in poorly lit areas. If you are unsure about a particular area, ask a local or a trusted authority for advice.

Keep your valuables safe: Keep your valuables, including your passport, cash, and credit cards, in a secure place, such as a hotel safe or a hidden money belt. Only carry the essentials with you when you go out, and avoid leaving your belongings unattended.

Use trusted transportation: Use trusted transportation services, such as taxis or ride-sharing apps, and avoid unlicensed vehicles or hitchhiking. If possible, arrange transportation through your hotel or a reputable travel agency.

Stay healthy: Take precautions to stay healthy while traveling in Africa, such as drinking bottled water, avoiding raw or undercooked food, and using insect repellent to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses. It is also a good idea to bring any necessary medication with you, as some medications may not be readily available in Africa.

Stay in touch: Keep in touch with friends and family back home, and let them know where you are and how you can be reached. Consider registering with your embassy or consulate so they can provide assistance in case of an emergency.

By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to Africa.
Tia Szymansky
Tia Szymansky

Having Spent 8 Years Travelling, I have decided to Live in Africa for the past 2 years. Love every moment of it and sharing my best guides and tips if you plan on travelling here. Africa is always oversighted due to media and I believe with my blog, I can help revive the African Travel and Tourism Industry and invite you all here for a fantastic time :)

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