Africa is not a country but the oldest inhabited continent of 54 countries, sometimes known as the “Mother Continent.” Humans and ancestors have lived in Africa for more than 5 million years.
Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean, Africa is a distinctively unique continent with a diverse culture and rich cultural heritage, offering a wealth of natural resources and breathtaking tourist attractions.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
May to October, being the winter months, is the best time for traveling to Africa. It is also the ideal time to explore the southern game reserves, from June, as it is the dry season and a cooler time of the year to see the animals.
Climate –There are four main climatic zones in Africa;
Arid and semi-arid, Tropical, Equatorial and Temperate
Crime and violence are widespread throughout Africa, but travelling as a tourist is generally safe. But be vigilant as violent crimes do occur. Practice common sense and avoid dark alleyways at night and any unnecessary attention.
WHAT TO EXPECT
English is the most spoken language on the continent, while Swahili is the most widespread native language.
Currency: There is no dominant national currency in Africa, as every country uses its own currency for internal payments and local commerce.
Banks & ATMs:
Standard Bank and Absa Bank are leading African banks, and ATMs are available everywhere.
Plugs and Sockets:
Africa generally uses Type C, D, M and N.
Type C is the plug with two round pins; plug type D is the plug with three round pins in a triangular pattern, and plug types M and N both have three round pins.
South Africa operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. We highly recommend carrying a universal adaptor.
The main airport hubs of Africa are Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi, offering many flights to other parts of Africa by connecting to one of these hubs.