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No No's For Travels in Africa

Traveling in Africa is a unique, adventurous and wonderful experience. It has a wild beauty about it that somehow weasels its way into your heart and makes you want to return time and again. However, travelling around Africa is also not without its challenges. Here are a few handy hints of what NOT to do so that you can have a more enjoyable vacation:

1. DO NOT be impatient: In Africa things happen in their own time, are frequently delayed and usually take longer than expected. You will have far greater enjoyment on your vacation if you have a laid back approach. By jumping up and down you won't achieve any greater haste. In fact your tantrum will probably encourage the locals to go even slower.

2. DO NOT be disrespectful: Like on all continents there are local customs and dress codes. Be aware of these and dress and act appropriately. Especially at historic or religious cultural sites.

3. DO NOT take photographs without permission: Most locals will not mind you photographing them and will appreciate a small tip in return. However in more remote areas they may be suspicious of cameras and you could embarrass or cause them a great amount of distress.

4. DO NOT drink tap water unless you are sure it is safe: In countries such as South Africa and Namibia is it safe to drink the tap water. However this is not the case in most other African countries. Rather purchase bottled water and check that it has been properly sealed.

5. DO NOT leave your bags unattended: No matter where you are from, you are likely to be far wealthier than the locals in the country you are visiting. When poverty is the norm the temptation to take unattended bags is just too great. So be vigilant and look after your possessions.

6. DO NOT wear expensive jewelry and watches: For the same reason as above, displaying wealth ostentatiously can make you a target for robbery and mugging. Unless you are attending a gala function leave your finery at home where it will be safe.

Cherelle | Jul 22, 2009 | Category: Travel Tips

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