by Team Safari Safety


Essential Safety Tips for Visitors to Africa

Africa, a vast and diverse continent, offers a wealth of natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and unique experiences for travelers. From breathtaking wildlife safaris in the Serengeti, Kruger, Okavango, to ancient historical sites in Egypt and Ethiopia, Africa is a destination that captures the imagination of adventurous souls.

While Africa is generally a safe place to visit, it is important for visitors travelers to be well-prepared and informed to ensure a smooth and secure journey in Africa.

This article aims to provide comprehensive safety tips and guidelines for travelers visiting Africa.  Read on.

Research Trip Destinationa and Plan Ahead

Before take you  flight and start on your African adventure, take time and effort to conduct thorough research on your destination.  Try to get to know and understand the local customs, traditions, and laws of the specific country you plan to visit.  Do some research on the political climate, health risks, and any potential safety concerns that might be present. In this initial phase, one other important thing to do is to make sure to check the travel advisories that might have been issued by your country’s government or relevant authorities.

Choose Reliable Accommodation:

One important aspect of any trip is lodging. And a trip to Africa is no different. Booking comfortable, safe and reputable accommodation is important. Our advise is that, if you are making your own reservations and not working with any travel agent, you should always go for well-established hotels, guesthouses, or lodges with positive reviews.

Ensure that the hotels and lodges that you choose have adequate safety measures such as guarded entrances, secure parking, and 24/7 surveillance. Fortunately, most hotels and safari lodges are located in  popular tourist areas that are known to be safer.

Stay Updated on Current Events of your Destination

Situational awareness is important for your safety anywhere. When considering that trip to Africa, keep yourself informed about local news and events. This should be the case both before and during your trip. Stay updated on any political unrest, civil unrest, or natural disasters that may affect your travel plans.

If visiting a destination with potential trouble, consider registering with your embassy or consulate, provide them with your contact details and itinerary so that they can reach you in case of emergency.

Safety on moving Around and Transportation

When it comes to transportation during your trip to Africa, make safety a priority. Your best bet is to use a reliable tour operator for your safari activities in your chosen destination. However, should you not decide to travel independently, we advise that you  use only licensed and reputable transportation services such as registered taxis or well-known car rental agencies.

Avoid traveling alone at night, especially in unfamiliar or isolated areas. Always wear seat belts, and if using public transportation, keep an eye on your belongings and be mindful of pickpockets and muggers.

Health Precautions:

When planning to visit Africa, bear in mind that there are some diseases that are endemic to Africa. For that reason alone, it is essential visitors to Africa take necessary health precautions.

Once you have chosen your destination or destinations, the next thing to do should be to consult your doctor or  healthcare provider.  It is better to do this well in advance to ensure you have enough time for any vaccinations, medications that might be mandatory or necessary. 

Further is recommended that you research the specific health risks of your destination and take appropriate measures to for your own good. These might be, for example purchasing insect repellents and also buying appropriate clothing for your trip.   Do not forget travel insurance.

Respect Local Customs and Cultures:

When you finally fly out and reach your destination, you will meet the locals.

Our simple advise is to have respect for local customs and cultures. This is vital for a safe and harmonious trip. Part of this might come in the form of dressing modestly, especially when visiting religious or conservative areas.

It also helps to always be mindful of local sensitivities and traditions. For example always ask for permission before taking photographs of individuals or sacred places.

Observe and follow local customs and etiquette to avoid any unintentional offense.

Safety of Your Money and Valuables:

Just like you would do anywhere else, please always take  precautions to safeguard your money and valuables.

While on travel, we advise that you carry only the necessary amount of cash for daily expenses. It is better to use secure methods for storing valuables such as passports, credit cards, and electronics. One of these more secure  methods  is to utilize hotel safes. Most hotels and safari lodges have these safes and we highly recommend that you put them to us. 

Another way of keeping your items safe while on safari is to use travel pouches worn under clothing to prevent theft or loss.

Needless to mention, always be cautious and alert when using ATMs. You also want to avoid displaying signs of affluence in public – golden chains, expensive watches, fat wallets.

Stay Vigilant:

Maintain a high level of awareness in your surroundings. Be cautious of your belongings, especially in crowded areas or tourist sites. Avoid flaunting expensive jewelry or electronics, as it may attract unwanted attention. Trust your instincts and if a situation feels unsafe, remove yourself from it promptly. Always have emergency contact numbers saved in your phone.

Local Assistance:

Establish connections with local resources to enhance your safety. Seek advice from hotel staff, tour operators, or trusted locals on safe areas to explore, places to avoid, and reliable guides or drivers. Local knowledge can offer valuable insights and contribute to a safer and more enjoyable experience.


By following these safety tips and guidelines, travelers can enjoy the wonders of Africa while ensuring their well-being and security. Remember, being well-informed, respectful of local customs, and prepared for potential risks will greatly enhance your travel experience in this captivating continent. Embrace the rich cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable wildlife encounters that Africa has to offer while prioritizing your safety every step of the way.