General Africa Travel Resources

Africa Travel Guide

Africa Travel

Thanks to the continent’s unparalleled wildlife and unique cultures, Africa has become a popular vacation destination. This Africa Travel Web Guide points you to resources for everything you’d want to know about travel on this continent. The sites within offer an introduction to Africa’s history and the daily life of its people, discuss transportation and accommodation options, and provide advice and opinions from those who have traveled to Africa in the past.

General Africa Travel Resources

Because of Africa's size, seeing the entire continent in a single trip is nearly impossible. It will help to have an idea of which countries and attractions you want to visit before you arrive, but that may not be easy to decide. Africa's multitude of cultures, religions, terrain, and wildlife warrant lifetimes of exploration. Use the sites below to start narrowing your search.

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  • When searching for information about Africa on the Internet, you'll frequently come across the domain name ".za." This is the domain name for South Africa, the most Internet-active country on the continent
  • Safari means "travel" or "journey" in the Swahili language.
  • Transportation is limited in some areas of Africa, making moving from place to place a bit complicated for travelers. If this is your first visit, consider limiting yourself to a few cities or countries.

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Travel Requirements for Africa

When it comes to Africa, there is a lot you should know before you go. Learn about the practical details of travel and the customs to be mindful of once you are there. These sites teach you about visas, passports, racism, religious persecution, and health concerns, for example. Because every nation is different, you'll have to focus on the specific country or countries you plan to visit: Egypt and South Africa are considerably different from Sudan and Somalia. Below are links that are must-reads before you make any trip.

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  • The U.S. Department of State does not have a section of its Web site for Africa in general, but it does cover individual countries.  Link to the State Department, where you can search for visa policy or travel warnings in individual countries in Africa.
  • Obtaining a visa can take considerable time. Give yourself at least one or two months before your trip to complete the application process.
  • When exchanging money, it is recommended that you exchange a substantial amount. Banks may not always be open when you need cash, and banks in remote areas may not offer currency exchange.
  • You'll need a visa specific to most African countries to enter-call the embassy of whatever country you plan to visit to learn about specific requirements. 

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Getting to Africa

Getting to Africa may not be the most pleasant experience if you are traveling from the United States. You can get a direct flight, or stop-over in Europe, but it won't be cheap either way. From Europe, the trip is considerably easier, as there are more flights at lower rates. The following sites can help you find a reasonably priced flight no matter where you depart from.

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  • The first rule for traveling to Africa: plan in advance (about two months). You can make things less stressful for yourself by booking your flight early, and you may find lower rates by booking far ahead.
  • For entry requirements and restrictions, consult the sites in the previous section, "What should I know before I go to Africa?"
  • Fly into regional hubs-South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, and Egypt-as flights into these destinations are most affordable and available.
  • A roundtrip flight is going to be expensive if you are flying from the United States to Africa (probably over $2,000).

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Hotels in Africa

Africa has a wide spectrum of places to stay. Stay on a guest farm, at a youth hostel, or in a five-star hotel-all types of accommodations are available to you and each provides a unique experience. Use these sites to figure out what you're looking for, and to arrange your stay in advance.

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  • To learn more about booking a place to stay on the Web, view the findingDulcinea Travel Web Guide.
  • When going to Africa, try to arrange all of your accommodations well in advance. Don't leave anything to the last minute, or expect to find places to stay once you arrive. It's best to have everything in order before you set off on your journey. 
  • In case you were wondering, a guest farm is essentially what the name implies: a farm that typically has a guesthouse. Note that these locations can be down-to-earth or quite luxurious.
  • Be sure to visit blogs and forums to get first-hand user reviews. While user-generated sources are not guaranteed, they can be a good place to learn about destinations and accommodations worth researching further.

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Getting around in Africa

Africa is a huge continent and the infrastructure throughout its many countries is often inconsistent. While countries like South Africa may have superb systems of roads and rails, most of the continent does not. These sites help you navigate Africa's terrain, by land or air.

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  • Web sites for traveling throughout Africa are scarce. Your best bet is to consult a specific guide for each African country you plan to visit. Also, embassies and tourist centers are invaluable.

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