August 3, 2021

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7 Africa Travel Tips: Backpacking in Africa

A common misconception about Africa is that it is a dangerous continent to travel in. People usually think that Africa is a continent filled with crime, poverty and disease, fact is there are wrong!

However, in reality, Africa is a diverse continent filled with different cultures to learn from, full of life, nature, and just all-around good vibes. Plus Africa is a continent that has over 50 countries which makes it suitable for backpacking.

With that being said, when it comes to travelling to a different country or continent, preparation is very important. In this article, we will be listing a few essential tips that you need to know/prepare before visiting countries in Africa.

7 Africa Travel Tips: Backpacking in Africa

If you are looking to travel or backpack in Africa, here are some essential tips that you should take into account:

7 Africa Travel Tips: Before Visiting Africa

Tip 1

Learn Swahili

Swahili is a language that is primarily spoken in East Africa (Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Northern Madagascar, etc.). As Africa is a continent of over 50 countries it is hard to visit all of them in one trip.So, if you decide to visit countries in East Africa on one of your trips, learning Swahili will be very helpful for better understanding the locals. If you are unsure as to where you can learn Swahili, visit where you are able to get introductory course before you fully commit to their full Swahili language course.

Tip 2

Get a Local SIM Card

Once you land in a country in Africa it is best to get a local SIM card. The reason for this is because the current SIM card that you are using will most likely not work in most of the countries in Africa.Getting a local SIM card will be a lifesaver. It is not that hard to get one as you just need to find a local provider and it is relatively cheap to get one.

Tip 3

Bug Sprays are Important

When you are looking to backpack or travel around Africa, one of the essential items you should pack is a bug spray. Africa is a continent that is very hot and humid at the same time which makes the continent a perfect breeding spot for mosquitos.m So, to avoid getting any mosquito-borne diseases, bring lots of bug spray. The last thing you want to happen is to catch a disease that will ruin your entire trip.

Tip 4

Patience is Key in Africa

There is a well-known expression in Africa “T.I.A”, which stands for ''This is Africa''. This expression refers to the fact that things are always very slow in Africa.From their WIFI to their traffic, everything is slow. So, do remember that you are there to experience their culture and just have a great time with it, as you are there to travel around and are not on a business trip.

Tip 5


As a tourist, you are most likely to garner a lot of attention from the locals but do not feel intimidated by it as they are only looking to welcome you most of the time. So, do say hello and give them a big smile, as saying hello is a big part of most African cultures. It is important to acknowledge each other's presence, so be friendly.

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tip 6

Visit the Different Areas

Africa has a diverse culture with multiple different tribes but, in order to get the full experience of the different cultures, ''get out of cities''. Do take as many trips as possible out of the city and to local villages.By doing so, you will be able to experience the different diverse cultures, observe the local lifestyles and watch animals. Although cities can be fun too, the main experiences that you will not forget will be found in the local villages.

tip 7

Avoid Overdressing

Do not bring any unnecessary expensive items such as watches, branded goods, etc. as it is very unlikely that you will need them. Doing so will only bring you unwanted attention.

Final Words

Always remember to respect the cultures as you are a visitor. It will be a trip with a lot of ups and downs, where it can be beautiful at times but can be really challenging and dirty too.However, it will be an experience that you won't forget as it is one of a kind. Just prepare yourself mentally for a wild ride of adventure.

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