5 Important Things To Remember Before Visiting Africa [Travel Tips]

July 10, 2021

Here are some important travel tips to keep in mind before visiting Africa.

Traveling to Africa could be the trip of a lifetime, so you want to make sure you’re prepared before you get there. There can be a lot to think about, from booking the plane to arriving at your accommodation.

Elephants in African safari
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5 Important Things To Remember Before Visiting Africa [Travel Tips]


    Africa holds many adventures


    Oftentimes, when people hear the name “Africa,” images of wildlife in an African safari easily come to mind because it’s the picture that’s most frequently depicted by the media. While that is true, Africa is a diverse and colorful continent that holds many possibilities for adventure seekers.

    Think of beautiful artwork, stunning architecture, fascinating culture, breathtaking beaches, unforgettable food, and more. The list just seems endless. As such, a trip to any African country is every traveler’s dream.

    African countries to consider for your trip


    Planning a trip to Africa can be overwhelming for some people. Thus, one can begin by narrowing down the choices to a few popular African countries. Some of the African nations that travelers can consider are Egypt, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, Angola, Niger, Tunisia, Congo, Mozambique, and Namibia.

    Each of these African countries has its own unique sights and experience to offer to visitors so any of them are worth visiting.

    Top things to keep in mind before traveling to Africa


    Similar to traveling to any other new continent, there are several things that you should remember before going on an African trip.

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    These are just basic items that are meant to make your journey to Africa as safe and as comfortable as possible. Here they are:

    1. Buy travel insurance


    Before visiting Africa or any other destination, you absolutely must make sure that you have travel insurance. Even if you’re generally in good health, you never know what could happen when you’re in a new place that is very far from home.

    Travel health insurance can cover the costs of any medical care you might need while on the road, giving you peace of mind while on holiday. It’s especially important to have coverage if you’re planning activities outdoors, such as camping or climbing, as these are higher-risk activities. 

    Make sure your plan includes extreme sports or mountain rescue services, as these are often extras you have to add on.

    2. Update your vaccinations


    Depending on where you’re traveling from and the vaccinations you’ve had recently, you may need boosters before your trip to Africa. This is because there will be some diseases that are more prevalent over there that you’re less likely to come into contact with where you live.

    Vaccinations for illnesses like diphtheria, hepatitis A, rabies, and tetanus might be required. To be sure, always let your doctor know about your plans to travel well in advance.

    3. Bring enough cash


    In many places in Africa, cards might not yet be accepted. If you are bringing a card, tell your bank that you’re going to be away so your account doesn’t get frozen.

    To ensure that you have enough cash on hand for expenses like food and transportation, don’t forget to convert currency at home before your trip. Moreover, never keep all your cash in one place and have an emergency fund tucked away somewhere very safe.

    4. Invest in a portable charger


    If you’re planning to be out and about in nature most of the time, it’s a good idea to invest in good quality and high-capacity power bank. With a power bank, you’ll be able to charge your phone on the go without having to wait to arrive in a place where there is electricity. In some areas, there will be few and far between and you’ll want your phone powered up while camping.

    5. Plan your clothing carefully


    Africa is hot, it’s true, but you’ll need to prepare for drops in temperature too. If you’re planning to spend days in the desert, it can get really cold at night so make sure you have light layers or a jacket for the evening.

    It’s also important to note that some African countries may not appreciate shorts and vest tops due to religious reasons. Keeping your skin covered can be a good idea if you’re going out into nature anyway, as it will offer some protection against the sun as well as plants and thorns. 

    It’s best to prioritize practical clothes in Africa, you’ll be a lot more comfortable and able to enjoy a wide range of activities.

    Epilogue


    Africa packs many possibilities for different types of travelers. Hence, a trip to Africa is very exciting and can be considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    To make your trip truly unforgettable and enjoyable, make sure to come to Africa well-prepared with some of the basic necessities that are indispensable when traveling.

    Ultimately, you’ll realize that a few small adjustments can bring you great advantages during your African trip.

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    18 comments

    1. One of the Hottest and Beautiful Place too.. kaya worth it and sulit din po talaga puntahan.. salamat din sa pagshare ng tips for travelling in Africa Daddy Ivan, dapat po talaga Ready tayo sa lahat ng mga gagamitin natin at para patuloy maging Safe...

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    2. I would love to someday visit a place to see all the wild African animals and sanctuaries.

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    3. This is really informative and interesting. I really agree that its important to be prepared ahead before we visit the place that we didn't know more about. Its really important to do some research and gather information about the things that you should do and you should not do. These 5 important things to remember before visiting Africa is really helpful especially for those people who are planning to visit the country. This s really awesome.

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    4. Very helpful Naman po Ang mga tips na binigay ninyo sa amin dahil nga po sa Africa Ang destination at yes Ang nasa isip ay mga wildlife po duon very nice tips po talaga lalo na po yung about sa health at money na kailangan pag handaan thank you po daddy Ivan😊

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    5. Africa is one of my dream destination. I would love to experience the Safari and hopefully I can fulfill my dream before I turned forty! haha. Thanks for such very useful information.

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    6. So important to research what vaccinations are needed before you go. You want to allow yourself time to schedule an appointment too, not wait until the last minute.

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    7. I have never been to Africa before. I love the idea of travelling there some day to see all of those magnificent animals. Thanks for these tips.

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    8. I've never been in Africa. My husband has and once things settle a bit in the world we are definitely going to pay it a visit. Thanks for sharing!

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    9. I’ve never visited any of these places, but I want to.

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    10. Thank you for this informative travel post. I do so want to get to Africa to visit it myself some day and will have to make sure to check out some beautiful places and will also make sure to take advantage of your tips above ;)

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    11. I might be going to Tanzania soon to visit a close friend of mine, I can't can't wait!!!

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    12. This is such a good travel checklist. I wish we could travel to Africa, but due to UK lockdown we are stuck for the foreseeable future x

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    13. Isa sa pinapangarap kong mapuntahan itong africa isa ito sa mga magagandang lugar na tiyak na mag eenjoy ka talaga sa pag visit. Thank you for this informative travel post. Very helpful po itong tips na shinare nyo sa amin..

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    14. I'm super jealous! I wish I could travel with my kids too. WOrking hard for it to happen!

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    15. I love to explore Africa. The tips that you have listed are very helpful so that we will be well informed and prepared before we visit this beautiful place.

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    16. I hope to visit Africa one day soon. I've always heard how beautiful it is there. Thanks for the travel info.

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    17. Africa definitely sounds like a place you need to visit someday at least once in your life. Those are some wonderful tips and will keep them in mind.

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    18. A portable charger has saved the day on so many adventures - in so many countries! What a good list of tips.

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