Travelling Through Africa: What You Need to Know

While the media has a habit of portraying Africa in a light that only shines on conflict, crime and war, African tourism is slowly adjusting the focus of the beam and redirecting it to the exciting and unique experiences that Africa has to offer. With a number of regional flights to a variety of countries, travellers can now visit a number of different regions and experience a number of different activities. From a hot air balloon flight over the Maasai Mara to a Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park, there is something to do for everyone.

However, there are a few tips on how to get the most out of your trip, regardless of where in Africa you decide to travel. With the internet that is rich in travel tips and advice, it can be tough to figure out which advice is best suited to where you are going and what you will be doing. If you’re wondering about the best travel tips that are suited to an African getaway, take a look at the following:

Search for flight specials and all-inclusive packages
When searching for your flights to Africa, it is important to ensure that you get the most value for the money that you’re paying. Keep an eye on flight specials that will not only assist you in saving money but will also ensure that you’ve booked and confirmed the flights with enough time to organise your tours, accommodation and internal transportation. The same applies to your accommodation – when searching for accommodation in Africa, ensure that you stay in hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts that have some kind of notable rating. This will ensure that you and your belongings are safe, that the food you eat is clean and fresh and that you are comfortable. Search for all-inclusive packages that offer good value for money, which is ideal for families or large groups.

Africa can get cold too
Depending on the time of year in which you travel, certain regions in Africa can get quite chilly. If you’re travelling through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, exploring Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoying the moonscapes of the Namib Desert or are simply relaxing in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, you can expect temperature variations throughout the day. Regardless of the season, the temperature during the day is usually high while winter can see temperatures drop into the negatives. However, summer evenings can be humid and balmy. When travelling to Africa, be sure to pack lightweight linen clothing that can keep you cool in the heat, and a pullover, jacket and scarf to keep you warm if you plan to travel during the winter months.

Mosquito repellent is as important as the air that we breathe
While there are a number of malaria-free zones in Southern Africa, central and North Africa remain consistent when it comes to malaria. While many travel clinics and doctors will recommend an anti-malaria tablet, mosquito repellent will ensure that the mosquitoes are not tempted to bite in the first place. Apply it after your shower, again a few hours later and before bed, and you should remain bite-free! 

Be cautious and alert
While Africa is hospitable and takes every measure to keep visitors and travellers safe, you can never be too careful. It is important to remember that, when travelling through Africa, you remain cautious and alert at all times. Ensure that your confidential information is safely packed away, keep your luggage and rucksacks locked at all times and be wary of wondering off alone.
From the picturesque coastlines of South Africa to the majestic Atlas mountain range, Africa offers something for everyone. If you’re looking at booking your flights, be sure to take a look at the flight specials that are on offer from SA Express.

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