If driving, avoid travelling outside of towns and cities at night. Roads are often unlit and vehicles are in danger of colliding with roaming wildlife. Always keep valuables out of sight in cars.
Generally, national parks and wildlife reserves have no issues with crime. But do exercise the usual precautions in cities – Nairobi, Mombasa, Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam in particular have high levels of crime. Leave valuables in your hotel, use cabs booked by your hotel or restaurant and avoid walking around at night.
Homesexuality may be stigmatised – or even illegal – in some safari destinations. Same sex couples are advised to be aware of local laws and customs, and to act discretely in public.
Camping in game reserves is thrilling as you are surrounded by wildlife – including elephants, lions and hyenas. Your guide will explain the regulations at each camp – do pay attention to them!
Many countries in Africa are quite conservative
, particularly in more rural areas, and all travellers should dress modestly. Women in particular should not wear shorts or sleeveless tops. This is especially important in coastal areas of Kenya and Tanzania where the population is largely Muslim.
Check the FCO website
for the most up to date travel advice on each destination.