Africa. Oh, Africa. It’s one of the stops on my upcoming round-the-world trip, and it’s the one I’m most nervous about. I’m wondering how a person possibly prepares for Africa. I’ve been to some 35 countries, planned trips to far-off places like Southeast Asia and the Middle East and found myself surprisingly comfortable with what I was getting myself into. I don’t feel that way with Africa – right now I feel like I’m about to leave home for the first time.
Despite all the books, web forums, travel sites and other blogs, I’m still feeling a bit in the dark and a slightly (okay, extremely) intimidated. Some of the thoughts swimming through my head: Is it safe? Will the internet be fast and widespread enough to work from there? Exactly how reliable are malaria pills? Will I be able to get around, or will I end up on a bus full of people and chickens that just ends up getting stuck on a washed out road for days on end with nowhere to sleep and only said chickens to talk to and/or eat? Because that’s the impression I get the more I read about the continent. Then again, everything I read about the continent also says it’s the most amazing place and that, despite any of the challenges, it’s worth it.
The first part of my trip will entail South Africa, possibly Namibia, and a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. My nerves, however, have more to do with the East Africa part, which will be Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. I’d love to hear any tips or recommendations you might have.
I guess if anything, it will make for some interesting blogging. Stay tuned!