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Mastering Overland Travel in Africa

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 24, 2016

Mastering Overland Travel in Africa

PHOTO: South Africa. (courtesy Thinkstock) 

Traveling overland in Africa is often a struggle, but one that is well worth it writes Blakely Downs for the Huffington Post.

Downs, who has traveled around the continent, offers up some practical tips on how you can make this travel dream a reality in a safe and relative smooth manner. 

“Africa is magnificent, but the infrastructure is a mess. Its size, roads, and groundwork makes the overland travel option intimidating at best, and terrifying to worst. But don’t be discouraged; traveling overland through this monstrous continent is well worth the struggle,” she writes. 

She starts by recommending the best way to book tickets for overland travel. 

“At the station, always book your ticket from the official ticket stand, as forged tickets are common,” Downs recommends. 

Size matters in Africa and getting from one place to another can take a while. 

“Leave plenty of time between transfers and prepare yourself for the ride with healthy snacks and a paperback book,” she advises. 

The paperback book wasn’t a joke. Downs says that when it comes to electronic devices, keep them out of sight to prevent theft. 

“Also have the name, address, and phone number of your accommodations written on an old-fashioned piece of paper, so you don’t have to bust out your phone,” she suggest. 

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An advantage to not having your electronic devices constantly at the ready: You have time to look around. 

“Instead of being a passive observer, notice details that give insight into the vastly different life and culture that surrounds you,” she says. 

These tips just scratch the surface. Follow this link for more advice. 

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