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8 Tips to Travel Safe in Africa

Africa is such an interesting destination with an impressive array of jaw-dropping tourist attractions. The serene atmosphere and the wildlife, the turquoise ocean, white sandy beaches, towering mountains, and cultural displays are some of the best on the planet, which explains why this massive continent continues to see thousands of visitors every year.

But while traveling is often interesting and informative, it is important to have an idea of the territory you intend to visit. Usually, when people think about visiting Africa, one question that usually pops up ‘but is it safe’? Sure there may be parts of Africa that have recorded episodes of political unrest, but that shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the many natural wonders and unforgettable activities that it has to offer. With these eight helpful tips, you should be able to enjoy a safe and hitch-free travel experience in Africa:

1. AVOIDING TRAVEL SCAMS

Scams are everywhere not just in Africa, but travel scams are even more pronounced, especially for first-time visitors. There are various degrees of travel scams and it is crucial that you are able to spot them to avoid being a victim. Some of the common travel scams are:

  • Overbooked Hotel
    Always ensure you book your hotel before traveling. You might come across taxi drivers who would tell you the hotel you are headed is overbooked so they can take you to a ridiculously expensive hotel, from which they’ll get a commission.
  • Broken Meters in Taxi
    Use Uber or arrange local transport with your travel agency to avoid getting ripped off by taxi drivers who usually overcharge unsuspecting travelers. They tell you the meter is broken and then proceed to charge you as much as a hundred dollars.
  • Fake Tickets
    Be on the lookout for people trying to sell a plane, bus, train tickets for a discounted price to avoid paying a higher fee. This is usually fake.

2. AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, DON’T ACCEPT HELP AT THE ATM

A stranger walks up to you and asks to help you with your withdrawal to reduce local bank charges. Do not fall for this. The idea is to get your pin and next thing you know, your money is gone. Another strategy they use is to transfer money to your account so you can help them withdraw since their bank network is having issues. Do not fall for this because the transfer is either fake or you might become an accomplice to fraud.

3. FAKE HOTEL CALLS

Be wary of calls at night in your hotel room requesting your credit card details. They tell you they are calling from the front desk at the hotel. Don’t give out your details and in the event of this, always ask to see the manager.

4. WHEN STAYING OUT AT NIGHT

It is advisable to avoid late-night crawling, especially in sparsely populated areas but if you must, then let the following tips guide you.

  • Go with a Local
    If you must go out at night, use the help of a trusted local to take you out at night.
  • Don’t be flashy
    You don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that by showing off your expensive accessories you make yourself a potential target for theft. Cut down the excesses especially at night.
  • Avoid Asking For Directions From Strangers
    As earlier stated, do not ask for directions from strangers, especially at night. This is why your guide is important.
  • Don’t Flash Money Around
    Flashing your money invites the wrong company. Walk around with limited cash especially at night.

5. BE WARY OF OLD/ CHILD/ INJURED BEGGARS

This strategy is ubiquitous around the world. They use children or elderly or seemingly injured beggars to prey on tourists knowing that you can’t say no to them. When you bring out your wallet to help, those using the children will see where you keep your wallet and pickpocket later.

6. CHOOSE RELIABLE TOUR OPERATORS

Clients of Gosheni Safaris having a picnic infron of wilderness

To ensure your travel experience is smooth, choose a reliable tour operator. Do proper research on which tour operators best suits your needs and perform all due diligence.

7. GET MEDICAL CHECKUP BEFORE YOUR TRIP

You don’t want to catch any form of sickness during your vacation, especially malaria, which is still present in some African countries. There are good hospitals with adequate infrastructure to cater to your health issues in the bigger cities, but in the rural areas, the health facilities are not so equipped so you should take all necessary precautions. Almost every African country requires proof of Yellow fever vaccination, while Hepatitis A, Rabies, Typhoid and Meningococcal meningitis are all pretty common shots to get. You may also want to pack a basic med tool kit that contains:

  • Anti-malaria medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers
  • Antihistamine
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Insect repellent

8. KNOW YOUR TRAVEL DESTINATION

person standing on a cliff overlooing the city of South Africa

Know your Zambia from Congo, Malawi from Tanzania and the various inherent risks associated with visiting each. Do your research and if possible, get in touch with your national embassy for any safety concerns in the area before embarking on your trip to avoid going to a chaotic destination.

THE BOTTOM LINE

a family of elephants crossing the road in Tanzania

The natural beauty of Africa cannot be overemphasized and there are numerous destinations littered all over the continent waiting to be explored. However, you should be aware of the safety concerns and situations in your preferred destination to avoid being taken unawares. This helps you stay ahead and makes your trip more interesting.

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Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
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En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
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August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
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Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
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Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
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August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
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Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
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Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

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Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

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