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Avoid Looking Like A Tourist In Africa

Lose the Khaki:
There is only one place for khaki, and that is in the bush when you on a game drive or bush walk and want to avoid being noticeable to a slightly peckish lion. So keep the khaki firmly tucked away in your suitcase until such time as you are in the game reserves. Wearing it whilst browsing Cape Town's V&A Waterfront just shouts tourist a mile away.

Giant water bottles:
This one is my personal favorite. I have travelled to many countries worldwide and I am yet to see any locals lugging their daily water supply with them, unless it's in rural Africa. But tourists for some reason can never be found without their 1,5 litre water bottles. The tap water in South Africa is safe to drink, pretty tasty and it's free. A small 500ml bottle that can fit into your bag is adequate if you are exploring the cities as there is always a tap or corner store where you can replenish your supply if needed.

Camera happy:
Yes South Africa is indeed a beautiful country, but if you want to blend in you may just want to keep one camera around your neck as opposed to three. Nowadays there are comfortable camera specific backpacks which make it easier to store and carry your cameras around if you are an avid photographer. It's also a safety issue, I am sure your cameras are very valuable, and the last thing you want is some dodgy person deciding they need one of your cameras more than you do.

Feel at home:
South Africa, and particularly cities like Cape Town are very cosmopolitan. Dress as you would at home and it's quite likely you will fit right in. Unless of course you have terrible dress sense, and believe that socks and sandals go together – in which case you are entirely on your own!

Cherelle | May 21, 2009 | Category: Travel Tips

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