Africa Tours and Safaris
Holiday in Africa - Africa Travel

Are you planning for a safari in Africa? Below are some of the tips on travel in Africa.

Tips on Climate

The climate of Africa, more than that of any other continent, is generally uniform. This results from the position of the continent in the Tropical Zone, the impact of cool ocean currents, and the absence of mountain chains serving as climatic barriers. Seven main African climatic zones can be distinguished. The central portion of the continent and the eastern coast of Madagascar has a tropical rain forest climate. Here the average annual temperature is about 26.7° C (about 80° F), and the average annual rainfall is about 1780 mm (about 70 in). The climate of the Guinea coast resembles the equatorial climate, except that rainfall is concentrated in one season; no months, however, are rainless.

To the north and south the rain forest climate is supplanted by a tropical savanna climate zone that encompasses about one-fifth of Africa. Here the climate is characterized by a wet season during the summer months and a dry season during the winter months. Total annual rainfall varies from 550 mm (20 in) to more than 1550 mm (more than 60 in). Away from the equator, to the north and south, the savanna climate zone grades into the drier steppe climate zone. Average annual rainfall varies between 250 and 500 mm (10 and 20 in) and is concentrated in one season. Africa has a proportionately larger area in arid, or desert, climate zones than any continent except Australia. Each of these areas-the Sahara in the north, the Horn in the east, and the Kalahari and Namib deserts in the southwest-has less than 250 mm (less than 10 in) of rainfall annually. In the Sahara, daily and seasonal extremes of temperatures are great. The average July temperature is more than 32.2° C (90° F); during the cold season the nighttime temperature often drops below 0° C (32° F). Mediterranean climate zones are found in the extreme northwest of Africa and in the extreme southwest. These regions are characterized by mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. In the highlands of eastern Africa, particularly in Kenya and Uganda, rainfall is well distributed throughout the year, and temperatures are equable. The climate on the high plateau of southern Africa is temperate.

Tips on Accommodation in Africa
There are different types of Accommodation in Africa such as luxury wildlife & game lodges, African holiday resorts & accommodation in superior and first-class hotels plus excellent guest houses in sub-Sahara Africa. Our Tour Operator experience will be able to efficiently make all the travel arrangements from your international flight arrival in Africa all the way to your luxury holiday resort or wildlife lodge and back to the airport. There are many more luxury establishments, wildlife lodges, holiday resorts and 1st class hotels in Southern Africa, but it is not possible to list and support them all.

Tips on What to Pack for an African Safari Holiday

Insect Repellents
Safari hats & headwear
Safari shirts & tops
Safari trousers and shorts
Underwear & Nightwear
Socks & Accessories
Travel Boots
Travel Shoes
Sandals
Waterproof Jackets
Outdoor Clothing
Everything you need to stay warm and dry.
Fleece and Pile Fleeces & Pile
Luggage & Rucksacks
Cases Wallets, Purses, Equipment Cases
Accessories & Gadgets
Torches & Lighting
Knives & Multi-tools
Compasses & Pedometers
Trekking Poles and Walking Poles
Sunglasses
Sun Cream
Travel Locks & Pacsafe
Money Belts
Wash-bags & Pouches
Health & Hygiene
Water Treatment
First Aid Kits

Safety
Africa has a bad reputation for genocidal dictators and while most of Africa is safe for travel and nearly all tourist attractions on the continent are far from conflict, there are a few regions in which conflict and/or general lawless exists.

Getting to Africa

1. By Land
The only land connection to another continent is the 163km-wide Isthmus of Suez, which is found in Egypt (although the Sinai Peninsula is sometimes considered a part of Africa for geopolitical reasons). Thus the only way to drive into Africa is to drive through Egypt. Most people driving from the Middle East to Africa travel through Jordan and take a short car ferry to Egypt to avoid transiting Israel, since Egypt's two African neighbors (Sudan & Libya) deny entry for persons with Israeli stamps or Egyptian/Jordanian stamps indicating travel to Israel. Despite there being just one, narrow land crossing into the continent, there are other ways to bring vehicles into Africa by short car ferries.

2. By Water
Many Mediterranean cruises stop in North African countries such Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, the Canary Islands, & Cape Verde. Some ocean liners will stop in the Canary or Cape Verde Islands on trans-Atlantic crossings or in South Africa, Madagascar, Zanzibar, the Seychelles, or Mauritius on round-the-world trips. Elsewhere is Africa, cruises are limited to luxury or 'boutique' cruise lines often aboard small vessels and quite expensive or "freighter cruises" which do not offer much to "passengers" but may spend a few days in a handful of ports. Grimaldi Freighter Cruises, www.grimaldi-freightercruises.com, has weekly departures to West Africa making the round-trip from Amsterdam in 38 days. The Seychelles, Reunion, & Mauritius are popular destinations for yachts and private vessels, but piracy around the Horn of Africa has kept a lot of the European vessels away

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