What I wish I’d been told before travelling through Africa

Travelling through Africa, with all its robustness and colour, is something to experience at least once. But there’s some advice these South African travellers wish they’d been given before they had set off to explore the rest of the beautiful continent. Here a few tips to send you happily on your way.

Kemong Mopedi travelled to Zambia, Rwanda, Egypt and Mozambique:

“In some of countries, or parts of them, the infrastructure might not be as developed as what you may be used to, especially if you’re a city slicker. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t have any fun – so be sure to keep an open mind,” Kemong shared.

Zukiswa Zimela has travelled to Namibia, Zambia, Gabon, Benin, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Tunisia:

Gabon, Estuaire Province, crossing the bridge over the lagoon.

“Make friends with the locals who will show you around parts that aren’t on the tourist radar. And try the local beer ­– don’t have something you’re used to because you may never have another chance to experience the local brew, and it’s much cheaper. Read up on the inoculations you need – getting sick on holiday isn’t great. Check with your medical aid to make sure you have travel health insurance as it might be much cheaper or cover more than what your travel insurance does,” said Zukiswa.

Kolosa Vusa has travelled to Lesotho:

Holiday in Lesotho

“Always carry bottled water, especially if you have a sensitive stomach,” said Kolosa.

Nolwazi Thema* has explored Lesotho, Zambia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Namibia:

Aerial view of the city of Addis Ababa at night

“Do your research and be aware of the dominant religion in the country you’re travelling to. For example, most countries in North Africa and East Africa are predominantly Muslim. So carry a scarf to cover your head so you’re able to observe and respect their practices,” said Nolwazi.

Sheena Adams has been to Namibia, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Somalia and Tanzania:

Lagoon near Assinie Mafia, Ivory Coast, West Africa.

“Get an international driver’s licence. I’ve come up short without one, especially in the SADC region. It’s quite easy to get one at the AA in South Africa: many aren’t aware that you can get one over the counter. It’s best to have one, especially if you’re stopped by the cops,” explained Sheena.

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