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12. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

Safety is funny thing in Africa... Unfortunately it is a poor, 3rd world continent where many live below the breadline, and the few that do live quite far above it. It is a continent of contrast and this is not only when one compares it geographically or enviromentally but especially when one look at economy. This leads to pepople becoming desperate for food, clothing, warmth, money and many other things and ultimately leads to crime. However, often as in many African countries crime s localised to certain areas. And usually away from sites where tourists go, and I am sure few toursits who are in the right frame of mind would just wonder into squatter camp or walk around at night in the inner city of any major destination worldwide...

In Africa, you must just take the basic precautions and not travel alone at night by foot and if you can try not to travel by foot at night at all, keep any valuables well hiden, do not flash money and cameras etc around, and be vigilant and aware of your surrounds...

Botswana is an extremely country, that I have travelled too, while Nothern Mozambique is so untouched by modern man that many of loclas don't even know what a camera is... Zambia is also very safe...

To be honest though I have travelled to several neighbouring countries, and even in Zimbabwe I never had any problems... I just made sure I kept myself safe at all times...

I wouldn't avoid traveling to Africa, just because of what I heard through the grapevine, investiage it first, then make up your mind... the media can often make it sound worse than it is!

Enjoy your travels!

Kind Regards
Ian Pollard
Strider Expeditions
Don't See Africa... Live Africa!

13. Posted by mihon (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

I think the safety of travelers in Rwanda has exaggerated. Rwanda has made tremendous development since 1994. I have been there more than ten times with recent trip on January 2008 (Gorrila tracking). Travelers are given paramount safety, for your information tourism has become the second in terms revenue earning. You could imagine how the Rwanda Government is taking in that fact. What you need is good preparation since not all the infrastructure are in place. If you need more detailed info get in touch with me through this forum.

14. Posted by kriex (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

I think in Africa you need only one thing. A Local who can SHOW YOU EXCACTLY which areas are not safe. It might be a spesific Raod Crossing or Beach. Go where you Know People.

15. Posted by kriex (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

exactly. that's better.

16. Posted by cracker00 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

At the risk of stating the obvious, just be aware that situations seem to change INCREDIBLY fast in Africa. I was in Kenya three years ago, had an incredible time and felt pretty safe the whole trip. Certainly wouldn't have guessed that it would have all gone off like it did a few months ago... But then I've got friends who work for Associated Press out there and even they didn't see it coming, so there's a limit to how far you can prepare I guess.

from speaking to contacts out there and my own trips, I've found Malawi and Zambia both to be great. Botswana is apparently very nice, but expensive as they've consciously tried to discourage cheap backpackers and make it a luxury destination. Senegal I've also heard a lot of good things about. At the other end of the spectrum, Niger/Congo/Sudan/CAR are all meant to be pretty terrible. Apparently Ivory Coast also has an enormous amount of violent, anti-French hostility.

17. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting cracker00

At the risk of stating the obvious, just be aware that situations seem to change INCREDIBLY fast in Africa. I was in Kenya three years ago, had an incredible time and felt pretty safe the whole trip. Certainly wouldn't have guessed that it would have all gone off like it did a few months ago... But then I've got friends who work for Associated Press out there and even they didn't see it coming, so there's a limit to how far you can prepare I guess.

from speaking to contacts out there and my own trips, I've found Malawi and Zambia both to be great. Botswana is apparently very nice, but expensive as they've consciously tried to discourage cheap backpackers and make it a luxury destination. Senegal I've also heard a lot of good things about. At the other end of the spectrum, Niger/Congo/Sudan/CAR are all meant to be pretty terrible. Apparently Ivory Coast also has an enormous amount of violent, anti-French hostility.

Good post! Just be aware not to confuse Niger with Nigeria;)

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