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  • Writer's pictureIsabelle Tschugmall

Is Africa Safe For Travel?

Updated: Jan 2

Have you always dreamt of going on an African safari but questioned the safety of this vast continent? Well, you aren’t alone. In fact, it’s pretty common for people to worry about the potential safety threats that present themselves when vacationing in Africa.

Sure, civil conflict and crime are a reality in Africa, as they are almost anywhere in the world. However, we don’t believe that these issues should trump taking the opportunity to experience the beauty of Africa’s varied landscape and the warmth of her people.

In fact, you might be surprised to learn that many places in Africa are safer than you expect. For instance, Botswana, Malawi and Zambia all rank higher on the Global Peacefulness Index than countries like the USA and France. From the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain in South Africa to the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon in Namibia and the breathtaking wildlife on the Okavango Delta in Botswana, there is so much to be discovered on the African continent.

And as long as you do your homework and take the same safety precautions as you would anywhere else, you’ll have the time of your life without facing any real danger. We are here to tell you how to enjoy a hassle-free African safari adventure without stressing unnecessarily about safety.

Elephant heard in Botswana
Lerato Adventures – Elephant heard in Botswana

Staying Safe In Africa

If you’ve never travelled to Africa, it is quite normal to have some safety concerns. After all, media coverage about the continent is often unfavourable, focusing on the dire poverty, unrelenting wards, civil conflicts and violent crime. While these challenges are a reality in Africa, they are only a small part of the story. If you are able to see past this skewed perspective, you’ll find the positives Africa has to offer travellers outnumber these safety concerns.

Whenever you travel to an unfamiliar territory, be it in Europe, North America or Africa, it is wise to have your wits about you. Following basic common-sense precautions such as keeping your valuables out of sight, avoiding walking alone at night and being aware of pickpockets, along with listening to the advice of your travel guides, should keep you out of harm’s way.

Take The Stress Out of Travelling in Africa With a Guided Travel Experience

That said, navigating one’s way around a new country where you may not speak the language or understand the nuances of the local culture can be stressful.

If your time is limited and you are looking to get the most out of your trip to Africa while ensuring your safety, guided travel is the answer.

Investing in tailor-made safaris is a great option for those looking for a safety-conscious approach to travel in Africa. Working alongside guides who know the continent like the back of their hand, you’ll ensure you don’t miss out on any sights and experiences pique your personal interests.

In a nutshell, on the whole, Africa is as safe as almost any other travel destination, provided you follow sensible precautions. If you want to encounter one of the best African safaris that take you through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, contact Lerato Adventures. We’ll create a personalised travel itinerary based on your priorities. Our expert team closely monitors all activities and destinations, so you can rest assured that your safety is a top priority. So what are you waiting for? Your dream African safari awaits!

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