I can reiterate that Ethiopia is a most wonderful country, along with many others. Having travelled quite extensively in Africa, I know what you mean about 'real Africa'! At first I thought South Africa did not have it, until I visited the Wild Coast and Kwazulu Natal which are simply stunning and most certainly 'African'.
However, as a taster to Africa I would recommend the central part ie Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi. All of which have incredibly friendly people, great wildlife and a good 'vibe'.
South Africa is better than I expected, planned on staying a week, still here after 2 months!
Get out here and escape those Scottish winters!!
Saying where is the real Africa I really dont know. However I have travelled From cairo To Cape town by public transport in 1999, and I survived to it. We were four girls travelling together. None of us are champions in Karate and we had relatively no problems at all. We may have been lucky, but i think that if you are sensible it´s feasible.
i am a white zimbabwean living in south africa now. i realise that what people consider the real africa is wild animals and mud huts but this really only occurs in the rural areas.
i would say that if you want to visit more remote areas of africa your trip should be fairly well planned before you set off. it is not like europe where you can catch a train, find a hostel etc with relative ease.
i think that where ever you go in africa you need to be aware of your surroundings. i think that zimbabwe is relatively safe provided you have made arragements concerning transport before you arrive. a good idea could to possibly fly into victoria falls, stay a few nights there and get a tour bus across the boarder to botswana for the day to go game viewing.
just a note, africa has a very different concept of time. everything happens slowly. we do not rush. and things change constantly. rules and regulations dont really exist. you are likely to get the boarder one day and they will let you in without visas and the next day there could be hectic charges. it all depends.
if you have any questions regarding zim feel free to send a message.
hope you find the 'real africa' that you are looking for
Good question. Without mentioning any names, an international marketing survey was taken out by a country that promotes itself as "the Real Africa". The survey, conducted by a reputable company, found that Westerners thought of the "Real Africa" as disease ridden, poor, wartorn etc. It concluded that if the country in question wanted to attract foreign tourists they should change their slogan to something more evocative of a sense of discovery and wild open places.
So what is the "Real Africa" for you? What do you want to see or discover?