I could write an entire book concerning Africa and its wonders. But let me give you a snippet into this incredible continent. A continent richly endorsed with beautiful landscapes, not to mention the diverse cultures across it. There are beautiful islands and beaches perfectly suited along the oceans. Africa is also known for the famous wildlife animals in different parts of its country. Traveling Africa is safe, enjoyable, and memorable!
It occurred to you that there are people from all around the world who have never set foot in Africa? Also have you ever wondered why most people outside Africa find it hard to book that flight and make reservations and explore the beautiful continent of Africa? Well, rumors have spread and have as a result birthed various myths and misconceptions concerning taking a tour across Africa.
Here are five myths about traveling Africa you should not BELIEVE AT ALL!
#1. Traveling Africa is dangerous
Well, there are different notions going around the world describing how Africa is insecure. From threats from the Al-Shabab in Kenya, terror groups like the Boko Haram in Nigeria and even different civil wars like the Rwandan genocide have seemingly supported this idea. Well, what most people do not know is that these few countries do not form the continent.
Reports from the institute of economics and peace placed countries like Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Namibia, and Zambia to be harmless and quite safer than the united states. What you need to understand is that, just like any other continent, conflicts and terror attacks are bound to happen. But it is not the whole continent that is usually attacked. Quite frankly speaking, a big region of the continent is in fact secure.
#2. Africa is dirty and underdeveloped
For someone who is not well versed with the continent, it is easy for him to believe this statement. However, many countries are outgrowing this notion. The streets are clean with zero trash across the cities. Measures have been put in place to ensure the cities and different towns are free from the garbage. Development is greatly being experienced in all sectors of the continent.
Economically, a country like Botswana which was ranked among the poorest countries has an economic growth rate averaging at 9% per year. Ivory Coast is closely following with a GDP of 8.5%. The infrastructure is gradually improving. Politically, most countries are now civilized to practice democracy and promote human rights in the country. In fact, Rwanda is at the forefront of advocating for women’s empowerment. This translates to 64% of the people in the parliament being women. Socially, people’s livelihoods are constantly improving daily and poverty levels are reducing. Skyscrapers are being set up in cities and five-star hotels are accommodating its visitors. Africa is moving from a third world continent to a developing one.
#3. It is too expensive
The price range of services being offered in Africa in order to tour around the continent is just super friendly. Starting from the free hospitality of its people. Transportation does not have to cost you hundreds of dollars. It will even surprise you how easier you can manage some of these tours by yourself. A good example is a drive through Kruger national park in South Africa and the Etosha national park in Namibia. These two parks are easy to maneuver alone. Hence saving the extra cash you needed to pay your guide. What is more exciting about this solo drive is that you get to spot the big five animals that are the lion which most people revere just having sight of him, the elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and the leopard?
The hotels are well equipped with comfy and spacious bedrooms. Food is also at your service, ready to be served. I must mention the different sumptuous African cuisines being offered. All at your service. These hotels while doing bookings, they always offer different packages which extend to full accommodation to foods. Here prices are cut for you and there is no need to worry about the food payment since that is already taken care of when you make your bookings. It is really a manageable adventure that is pocket friendly.
#4. Africa is just one big place
This is an understatement. Well, Africa is more than just one big place. It has 54 countries on it. With a range of tourist attraction sites in different parts of the many countries it has. With an estimation of nearly 2000 languages and unique cultures as stated earlier. You ought to know that Africa holds the highest mountain Kilimanjaro. With also the famous Sahara Desert, the largest known desert on earth.
It doesn’t stop there, there are national parks with all kinds of animals and species embodied there. The beautiful tropical weather predominant in most times of the year makes it more favorable for one to tour. With all this in mind, why would you compare Africa to a country?
#5. Traveling in Africa is only for volunteerism and safaris
It is no doubt that most people, especially in Asia, Europe, and in the USA, interpret Africa as a continent that would do well with a little help., we all need that extra hand to help steer each other forward. But do you also know that you can also visit the continent for leisure? To enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of the continent without being worried about work. I am talking of the great pyramids of Giza in Egypt, through taking hikes in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to the national parks waiting for you in South Africa. Not forgetting the Victoria Falls in Zambia, one of the great wonders on the planet.
With all these in mind, you should be burning with eagerness to explore the continent. It is with no doubt it has so much to offer. It is a guarantee that the people of Africa are such happy and loving people you don’t worry about rejection. They are ready to receive you with a kind of warmth that will only make you feel more comfortable and also at home. And very enthusiastic to show you the wonders that the continent withholds. It’s time to book that flight and make your reservations to the country of your choice in Africa.
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