Leaving our comfort zone is always a challenge, but all doubts and fears are increased if the country we are going to visit is in Africa.
But the truth is that Africa offers a wide range of indigenous cultures, ethnic groups and languages, without forgetting its exotic wild fauna, among which we highlight those known as the ‘big five’, the leopard, the lion, the elephant, the buffalo. and the rhino. Africa is all wonderful and there are thousands of reasons why you should visit it. Without a doubt, you will keep many of your best memories lived here.
So if you are traveling to Africa for the first time, we have created a free guide of what you should know before venturing to this continent.
Besides the desert there are mountains and rain forests
Africa has large expanses of desert and flat savannas, but there are also mountainous and exceptionally green areas.
Furthermore, not all deserts are barren wastes.
The Kalahari is famous for its flowers in spring, while the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, is home to desert-adapted elephants, rhinos, giraffes and lions.
You don’t need all the vaccines out there
You don’t need prevention for all illnesses before you go.
You may need the yellow fever vaccine. In addition to other recommended such as hepatitis A, meningococcal meningitis and typhoid.
But before submitting to these, check the official website of each country and find out what vaccines you will need according to the entry requirements.
You don’t need countless visas
For many countries in Africa, being a member of the European community, you will not need visas to enter.
Although, if you are traveling in West Africa, consider getting a Visa Touristique Entente (VTE), which covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo and the Ivory Coast in one document.
Hippos are the main killers
You should worry less about lions and Nile crocodiles and keep an eye out for hippos. They are the ones that kill the most people on the continent.
Africa is much safer than you think
Of course you have to take precautions, think about where and how to go before doing it and make common sense your faithful and main ally. If you do, and always traveling to countries that do not have conflicts, you will see that life is calmer than what the TV tells you.
You can find wifi!
Yes, even if you still have doubts, development reached the interior of Africa a long time ago.
In big cities like Nairobi, Dakar, Kigali, Johannesburg or Dar es Salaam one can walk among skyscrapers, sleep in luxurious hotels, eat in good restaurants and the most essential: find wifi!
The experiences that you are going to live in Africa are unique and unmatched
Whether on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara among lions and giraffes, tanning in the sun on the spectacular beaches of Zanzibar or lost among the labyrinthine alleys of the Moroccan souks, the experience will make the trip become one of the best of your life. That’s how it happened to me and look at the smile with which I returned home!