By Kach Medina
Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group.
Traveling to Africa used to be a challenge to female travelers in the past but not anymore. Introduction of tour guide services offered by many hotel businesses has made female safety paramount. You should not be put down by the past tours experiences as Africa has also grown with time. Africa is a remarkable continent to visit, whether you are going with a group or as a single traveler.
The crucial thing here is that you should visit the website of a hotel to find out if it offers tour guide services and registers with them if you are happy with what you see. Ask for a tour to significant tourist sites in Africa if it is your first time. It also makes sense to draw a list of places to visit during your travel if you already know some. Discuss your safety, accommodation, food, costs and every other detail that could be bothering during your stay in Africa.
1. Female travelers and Africa
African culture concerning women may contradict some female travelers especially when it comes to dressing system. African traditions do not allow women to put on dresses that expose most of their body. This may attract idle glances from the local people, and may not be comfortable to female visitors.
There are plenty of female scientists traveling to Africa in order to complete their research on history, archaeology, anthropology etc. Some of them who are afraid to visit this faraway land tend to buy research papers written by academics who explored Africa inside out.
Again, Africans are not used to seeing noticeable visitors wandering around. For instance, a white lady stranded in the middle of a town. Thus, it is vital for you to have a local person accompanying and assisting you around the cities.
2. The best places in Africa for solo travelers
Visiting new places often gives you a sense of adventure, and traveling alone does so even twice as much. Many African countries expose their natural beauty that will amaze you during your visit to this continent. Rwanda is the leading country that welcomes many tourists every year. This is due to its excellent wildlife. Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southwest of Rwanda is a must-see for every tourist. You can hike, walk through the thick woods, and watch the different types of primates found in the area.
Banjul, the capital city of Gambia, is one of the safest places to visit in Africa for women and a place that you can wander around without worrying that something would go wrong. The people there are very friendly, and hospitable. If you get a chance to visit this great country, make a date with Bijilo. It is a sandy and sunny paradise that will give you an unforgettable experience.
You cannot ignore the beauty found in Kenya. It is among the most visited countries in Africa. This is due to its amazing wildlife. Its famous lakes and rivers with wonderful flamingos are worth your attention. The restaurants here are known for different traditional foods; there are also a lot of places where you can enjoy traditional dances. As a solo female traveler, consider a stay with a local family, to better experience the surrounding environment, local traditions, and culture.
3. Top tips for women traveling alone
For women who wish to travel to Africa alone, here are some tips for you.
Do a thorough study of the place of your visit. Before you commence on your journey, it is always advisable to research on the site you intend to visit. Find all about the area climate status, your safety when it comes to your lodging, available diets, and activities of adventures.
What to carry during the journey: Make sure you do not bring your most valuables belongings to avoid dividing your attention during your touring moments.
In your lodging place: Always avoid carrying all your belongings while going out of your room. Take what you need and remember to leave your room locked every time you go out.
Dressing code: put on what matches the environment and current weather conditions as you will visit different places every day, with different exposure.
Africa is a remarkable continent. It has suitable sites for research, education and religious purposes. It is rich in traditions, cultures which differ drastically from country to country. It is a great place for a vacation for it’s blessed with natural beauty. The presence of high mountains and great lakes and rivers, different types of animals and birds, makes it one of the best places to visit.