Safety for the African Traveler
Yes, Africa can be a very dangerous place for even the seasoned traveler. The wise traveler is much better off, and wise can be as simple as picking the right place to visit. Africa is a very large continent. My business is so often affected by anything and everything that happens anyplace in Africa. Ebola, you say? Well, there was none in South Africa because it was 4000 miles away in Liberia. Shootings and bombings in Kenya and Tanzania? Those places are also far from South Africa, and southern Africa does not have the continuous ethnic and religious struggles you find up there.
Southern Africa provides the safest travel regions for anyone, and it is particularly safe for women and families. I say this with caution because there are places where no tourist should go (and there is one country where I limit my travels to Victoria Falls…and even prefer to send you to the Zambian side). To be safe anyplace, it is very much a matter of instincts, but it is also a matter of experience.
I have years and years of experience in African travel, and I make certain that I know that my clients understand every step before they take them.
I don’t mean in the bush as much as first steps from the plane in Johannesburg.
There is considerable crime in many parts of southern Africa, but most of this crime is not aimed at the tourist, well, unless you are stupid enough to leave your laptop or Nikon on the seat of your parked car in Johannesburg. As a rule, we do not visit areas considered dangerous. There is no tourist crime in any of the game parks, nor in the areas of transport. If we have any road travel planned into the safari, it will be on the safest roads. Personal safety in Africa is like safety anyplace. If you travel on your own, it is best if you are a seasoned traveler. I’ve driven hundreds of thousands of kilometers in Africa, and I’ve come across everything from bandits to beggars, and I won’t put you in harms way.
That’s why I think South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia are perfect African safari destinations.
Many of my clients opt to do some traveling on their own either before or after our safari. I will advise you on places to go and things to see, all the time taking your safety into concern. Cape Town, for instance MIGHT be a dangerous place to visit, but let me tell you where not to go and when not to go to a certain place. Most tourist crime is a crime of opportunity, so it is best to take that opportunity away. I will not take you anyplace where I think it is too dangerous. Before my clients leave home, they know what to expect from customs and immigration, and I tell them about the airport layout and where to do things such as exchange money. I prepare you in every way.