Safety tips to bear in mind when planning to visit Africa

It is not everything you see that you capture, there are things that are sacred, your guider should direct you aright on what to capture because, certain tribes have laws and capturing any of their events stands as taboo.

African cultural dancers
African cultural dancers /photo credit: African Culture
Africa is an interesting place to visit, irrespective of certain terrible things happening in some parts, making visitors to be scared of visiting. It still remains that we are accommodating and hospitable.

There are lots of  places of interest in African continents for tourism and businesses,e.g; our beautiful African courtiers like, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa etc. Though, the safety aspect is still unstable, but the governments are trying their best possible to make sure that the safety of the travellers, international business men and visitors are guaranteed so as to make our continent  ”a sort after” for tourism.

But for those visiting Africa, there are some safety tips you have to be aware of when visiting, so as to prepare ahead. They include;

-Make sure you have your mosquito net or repellents ; mosquitoes are prevalent in Africa, also, avoid staying in an open place.

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-Don’t carry cash but come with enough money; Do not carry physical cash, you can always make use of ATM because, it is almost a stone throw  apart in every city. Carrying cash is very risky and robbers can attack anytime. It is unsafe.

-Don’t just eat anything or go to any eatery ; Let your friend or guider take you to a place where they cook right, if not, you may end up with cholera.

-Rainfall without signs; Here in Africa, e.g, Rivers-state in Nigeria to be precised, rain fall without giving signs, it may be dry in the morning and before evening, you might experience heavy down pour, study the weather and have your umbrella with you. Though it might not be so in other parts. Some parts are dry also. The only thing is to study the weather in any area you find yourself. If you find out that the in that area it is always raining, go have your umbrella handy and cover up for cold, also, if the area is hot, have your sunglasses handy.

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-Have your first aid box in case of any emergency before meeting a doctor; it is not as if Africa is a dangerous place, but an insect bite, headache or stomach bite can occur at anytime.

-Mind what where you go to take photograph of events and things;

As a tourist, There are lots to capture. Safaris, monuments, historic sites, caves, waterfalls, artistic landscape, events, etc. But, It is not everything you see that you capture, there are things that are sacred, your guider should direct you aright on what to capture because, certain tribes have laws and capturing any of their events stands as taboo. Some rituals cannot be captured by any camera no matter what. Even in certain countries, this is also applicable, some national sites and monuments cannot be captured and the use of cameras there attracts strict sanctions, this can cause a total disorganisation of your tour. If at all you want to capture, ask for directives or permission from your local guide, so that your will be a memorable one .

-Always go with water so as to stay hydrated; Because of the weather conditions in Africa especially, if you are touring deserts and safari’s, you always need a bottle or two of clean drinking water. so you stay hydrated and full. It also helps so you don’t have stomach cramps.

Welcome to Africa, Unu abiala! Akwaaba! Ewe! Sawubona! Barka! ku! Ahlan beka! Karibu!

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