Africa is the second largest continent, as it consists of 54 countries and some other territories. With close to a billion of people, it is only behind Asia as the most populated continent in the world. Africa is home to the Sahara desert, the Nile River, Lake Victoria, The Victoria Falls and Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a fascinating place to visit; however, many people are cautious about visiting Africa because of safety concerns.
Violence and Crime
Africa is home to one of the most diverse environments in the world, and crime and violence is prevalent in some parts of the country. Liberia and Sierra Leonne has some of the highest crime rate on the continent. Car jacking’s and muggings are also widespread in South Africa. As with most new countries that you visit, the level of danger varies greatly from borough to borough. It’s always recommend that you speak to a local travel agent for some advice before you leave. There are areas that are full of holiday makers and are safe to visit. But always remember to keep your personal possessions close.
Diseases are widespread throughout Africa; therefore, you want to make sure that you get the necessary vaccines before travelling to the continent. Hepatitis A and B occur frequently, as well as typhoid, yellow fever and rabies. Prior to your trip, you need to see your doctor about taking medication to prevent malaria. When in Africa, be careful about where you purchase your food and drinks. It’s always a good idea to ask the locals or your hotel staff what they would and wouldn’t recommend.
The Best Places to Visit
Cape Town is a city in South Africa that is a popular tourist destination in Africa. It is home to spectacular beaches and lively nightlife. Egypt, Morocco, Zimbabwe and parts of South Africa are considered safe places to visit in Africa and the tourism trade does well here. Thanks to its warm climate for most of the year, holiday makers can visit on and of peak and still be sure there will be other tourists and locals around.
In certain areas of Africa, such as Libya, Somalia and Egypt, women need to make sure that they follow the local customs. In most Muslim areas of Africa, women should not wear short skirts or shorts, and they should avoid sleeveless shirts. If a woman goes into a mosque, she should cover her head out of respect.
When travelling to Africa, there are a few things that you can do to stay safe. Do not display your cash for everyone around you to see. It would be wise to wear a money belt that you can put underneath your clothes. Keep your credit cards and passport in this. It is a good idea to make a copy of your passport and your plane ticket. Put the copies in a safe place. Keep your cash in your pocket. Do not wear expensive jewellery or cameras around your neck. Do not walk around the town by yourself at night in some of the less populated areas.
Africa is an interesting continent that has so much to offer visitors. There are a number of all-inclusive resorts that are completely safe and have everything you need in site. However, some people prefer to travel off the beaten track and visit the less frequented areas. This is when you are likely to face more challenges and why it’s always best to do as much preparation in advance. A good tip is to go online and book your car hire, accommodation and other transport in advance to make sure you don’t get charges extra while you are there.