Sometimes it can be a challenge to know what to expect while travelling to Africa. Africa is a beautiful and amazing continent with the friendliest and warm-hearted people. It offers some of the most attractive land, scenery, food and people. You might be scared of myths and misconceptions heard in the West but it is quite other way around. In Africa, try not to compare the things with your homeland and be a bit liberal about the things here. This will eventually help you have a care-free and pleasurable tour.
One of the things most common things you face in Africa is the unwanted attention. Local people there stare you as you are some kind of aliens to them. Although, there are places where many tourists visit quite often, but still, people will stare at you. By staring they certainly mean no harm to you and it is just the curiosity for the most part. If you are a woman, you might be naturally frightened when a group of men stare at you, but in Africa, it is not like that. Just try to ignore the stares and enjoy the tour.
Begging is another thing you will notice a lot in Africa due to the high poverty. You might not know how to respond to the beggars when you visit Africa. Mostly, just try to keep a bit of change but for children, who are begging, try to provide them with food instead of money as they eventually end up giving money to their parents or a gang leader.
Furthermore, people in Africa will try to offer you an unwanted service in deceitful way. Generally, people are poorer than you – they get attracted towards your money. They are just trying to earn their living, so, rather than further dealing with them, try to avoid them. Local Africans in towns will also offer you to exchange currency by offering you a better rate than the banks there. Do not exchange money with those people. This is an illegal way of exchanging money. Other than that you might be robbed as well. Just do not show your belongings, especially money and jewellery, to anyone or you might just wind up losing all your belongings to a robber.
Moreover, do not expect anything to be free in Africa. If a person offers you a free service he might end up charging you in deceitful way. Taxi drivers might also misguide you on your very first day in Africa. If you are travelling alone, try to make a reservation for the hotel before you arrive or else taxi driver might convince you to stay in a hotel of their choice for the commission he would be earning from the hotel owners. The hotel can be pleasant but still might not suit you.
Health and safety are big concerns while travelling anywhere. It is the same while travelling to Africa. Most of the countries in Africa are not dangerous, but in some countries there might be a threat of a terrorist attack or life-threatening diseases. So, while travelling to some of these countries in Africa, precautions should be taken accordingly.