Africa is perhaps Objective's favourite continent. The people are so friendly and there is a huge diversity of cultures and landscapes. Key safety concerns would be:
Road traffic accidents; as a generalisation, we strongly advise against driving or being driven at night.
Disease. Don't get Malaria. Avoid it by covering up (especially at dawn and dusk), using insect repellant, sleeping under mosquito nets and taking the correct prophylaxis. Please remember, if you have flu-like symptoms, assume you have Malaria and go to hospital immediately.
Crime. Avoid being mugged in high threat cities such as Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg.
Kenya | Train to Mombasa
Train from Nairobi to Mombassa r3commended - cheap, fun and 5 hours. The track was upgraded a few years ago.
Kenya | Travel
Public transport in kenya good for cheap travel but keep your wits about you
Zanzibar | places to be
Recommend Nungwi and Paje, and stonetown is definely worth a visit.
Malawi | Bike taxis
Don't be scared to get bicycle taxis in rural areas, as they are very cheap and fun. Try get one with handles as it can get bumpy.
Malawi | Taxis
Longer taxi rides (around 4 hours) are around 50,00-80,000 kwatcha- biggest kwatcha note is 2000, so prepare money in advanced
Tanzania | Clubs
Clubs are good but watch out for drinks being spiked - one of us found a pill in the bottom and another was spiked. Also if you are a girl worth going to the loo in pairs as often you get followed to the loo.
Tanzania to Kenya | Bus Tanzania to Kenya
Impala shuttle goes from Arusha to Nairobi. Takes about five hours and is pretty easy and they can drop you at Nairobi international airport. $21
Tanzania | Arusha
Arusha doesn’t have much to offer wouldn’t stay there for more than 24 hours. Better to stay in as gateway to Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Tanzania | Hostel in Stonetown
Best places in Zanzibar are Stonetown (Lost and found is a good hostel), Paje is v fun and Nungwi who have a full moon party every month.
Tanzania | Weirdos & wedding rings
Many a weird man to be found in this continent - we found that putting a ring on your wedding finger and saying you are married makes them leave you alone!!!
South Africa | Beware Johannesburg Baggage Handlers
The baggage handlers stole £300 worth of makeup from my daughter's hold baggage. When she arrived at Heathrow, whilst the suitcase undamaged, Charlotte found her make up bag had been emptied & also a rain coat was missing.
Uganda | Yellow Fever Certificate
In December 2016 visitors arriving at Kampala were asked to show a Yellow Fever ciertificate
South Africa | Getting around...
A few tips on the best ways to get around South Africa.
Kenya | Train ticket scam
scammed out of 5 or 6 thousand K shillings by a trust scammer and a dodgy ticket dealer
South Africa | General Tips
After having had an amazing three months in South Africa, here are a couple of things that are good to know before you go!
South Africa | Great place to stay in Soweto
If you'd like to get a feel of Soweto, and explore it safely, a great place to stay is Lebo's Backpackers: http://www.sowetobackpackers.com/
Malawi | Taxi drivers
Malawi - It might be worth hiring a taxi fo the day.
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