Africa Overland Travel Advice

Immerse yourself and support the locals in Africa

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If I could give a small piece of advice on travel to Africa, it would be to keep an open mind and support the locals.

Not one for tedious small talk, I asked Benson what was his greatest fear in Africa and this is how he responded:

“I am afraid when I go places and see that the people are not living well”

It made my fear of hyena’s seem like a pretty stupid thing to worry about.

Partly why I shop with the locals is to save on cost but then mostly it’s just a good excuse to meet them. Benson runs this kiosk on the roadside in Naivasha, Kenya and when I pick up eggs or mandazi for lunch, I not only get to practice Swahili and have a conversation with someone new, but I also get to support a small local business in Africa.

Too often I have missed out on these local experiences in Africa while also neglecting how, as a visitor, it’s also an opportunity to give something back. It feels so good to be here meeting the people of Africa again and even better to be learning more about such a fascinating culture.

One of my best pieces of Africa travel advice to people visiting Africa for the first time is to try your best to get outside of the tourist zones, the campsites, hotels, tours etc and support local businesses as much as possible. Taking overland tours in Africa is a great thing, but so is giving something back and when you have the option of buying local or from a large supermarket, it should be a no brainer.

If you would like any more advice on travel to Africa, feel free to drop me a message on the Facbook page in the sidebar. I am an Irish Blogger but I have also spent many years travelling Africa.

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Adventurer & Adventure Travel Blogger from Dublin, Ireland. In late 2013 after the loss of both parents and a realization that his life was descending into chaos, Derek began riding a bicycle solo across Africa while sleeping in a tent. It was here that he discovered a true passion for the outdoors, travel writing and the general unexpected nature of life.

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