Things to Know When Traveling in Africa
Africa is a continent with 54 countries waiting for you to visit, explore and enjoy.
With a variety of things to do and sights to see, wherever you go, will be an eventful and cherished experience. Even those who live in Africa continue to be inspired and encouraged to explore, not only the rest of the continent, but their own countries as well. With all there is on offer, even the locals can feel like tourists in their home country.
So, Here’s What You Need to Know When You Decide to Travel Around Africa:
Where You Want to Visit:
It’s already been mentioned that there is so much on offer here in Africa and you need to know what you want to experience to know where you want to be. You also need to keep each country’s weather conditions and seasons in mind when it comes to which time of year you’ll be traveling.
Beaches: If you want to experience some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, then you’ll want to plan a trip to Mozambique, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. There are more countries in Africa with beautiful beaches, but these are among the best.
Adventure: For an adventurous and adrenaline-packed holiday in Africa, head over to Tanzania, Zambia and, most of all, South Africa. South Africa can offer you mountain climbing, highest bungee jumping in the world, zip lining and other adventure-filled activities.
Safari: Many countries in Africa can fulfil your African safari dream. For some of the best safari experiences, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania and Namibia are the countries to be in.
Mountains: If you’re looking for an active holiday with mountain climbing and hiking trails, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Morocco have beautiful mountain ranges for you to explore.
Desert lands: Some people are attracted to the idea of getting lost in a desert and Africa can offer them that opportunity. For a desert getaway in Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Morocco, Egypt and Libya are ready and waiting for you.
One cannot, exactly, prepare for the cultural aspects of the African people. This is because each country has their own culture and in some countries, the different areas of one country will have a variety of cultures as well.
Each African tribe, ethnic group and community across the continent have their own traditions and rituals based on how they’ve grown up. There are opportunities in many African countries for foreigners to live with a tribe and experience what it’s like first-hand. It’s a great and unique way to experience some of Africa’s cultures. In general, you’ll find African people to be respectful, friendly and happy.
Every country has their own currency, so it’s important to know where you’re going and arrange your cash accordingly. You don’t want to be stuck without money or not be able to use your bank card, so make sure you’re prepared.
Many Southern African countries have ATM facilities, but always be safe and keep some cash on you at all times. Make sure you have enough with you for your day’s activities. It is also expected in many African countries to tip your car guards, waitrons and tour guides.
Prepare Your Body
Some countries in Africa will require you to get your yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, cholera and influenza vaccinations, so be sure to sort that out before you leave. Then, there are many countries where malaria is found in Africa so it’s important to know if you need to take preventative tablets or not. Some of the high-risk malaria areas include:
But don’t let the fear of malaria stop you from visiting these beautiful countries. If you take the prescribed medication and use mosquito repellent, you’ll be more than fine. Also, keep an eye out for any symptoms and react accordingly in the event you do contract malaria. Most of the statistics and cases of malaria are due to people being unaware or oblivious to the risk factors. Having read this, you are aware and know what needs to be done to prevent infection.
One of the best parts of visiting any new country is getting the opportunity to taste their traditional foods. Many of the traditional African foods are related to the different cultures and also the availability of ingredients in and around the land.
South Africa: Shisa nyama (pap en vleis) is a staple meal of meat and maize porridge. Bunny chow is hot curry in a hollowed out half-loaf of bread. And breyani is rice, meat, lentils and spices traditional to the Cape Malay cuisine.
Nigeria: The Nigerians are known for their jollof rice, comprising of rice, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Fufu is another dish the Nigerian people have that is a starch dough-like ball usually served with hot soup.
Zimbabwe: Kapenta is a type of sardine that can be served with maize porridge or made into a stew.
Malawi: Chambo is a traditional Malawian fish and chips meal made from the chambo fish found in Lake Malawi.
These are only a handful of traditional foods you’ll find in Africa. Others include muamba, irio, koshari, b’stilla and urojo. But that’s still only the tip of the iceberg.
Now you have everything you need to enjoy your “This is Africa” experience.