Africa is a huge continent made up of 54 countries. It is a continent blessed with natural wonders of the world, populous wildlife, various cultures and vast virgin land.
Africa is a bit of an underground to most people from other continents. The news always shows the most negative aspects and there are very few reports about all of the wonderful and great things about Africa.
To help you prepare for your upcoming travels, Makamba Online has put together a guide with all my top tips and best advice for travel in Africa. This is based on embassies, visitors and tourists’ reviews.
Unfortunately, there will always be some places that you will be advised to avoid, for various reasons, but luckily, those places tend to be in the minority.
For some countries, you will need to apply for a visa in advance, either from the embassy in your own country or in a neighbouring African country. Others you will be able to get at the point of entry (airport/border). If in doubt, contact your local embassy before you go.
Visa is much more widely accepted than MasterCard or any other card so always take a Visa card with you. Just remember to tell your bank where you are going, otherwise they may block your cards.
The World Health Organisation is the place to find out about any particular issues that are affecting the areas you might be travelling to. For instance, the current yellow fever outbreak in the Congo.
Vaccinations: Aside from your routine vaccinations (MMR, Polio, Diphtheria, Meningitis etc.) – Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B (3 x vaccinations), Tetanus and Typhoid are all highly recommended. A Yellow Fever certificate is required if you are travelling from a country where Yellow Fever is a risk.
Malaria: Malaria is rife in many parts of Africa. Taking anti-malarial is a personal choice and some people don’t like them as the side effects can be a bit nasty.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro