Options for Traveling Around Africa

Africa is a continent known for its wild animal encounters, dramatic landscapes, exotic cultures, and stunning beaches. It’s a travel experience that will creep under your skin, compelling you to return again and again. However, traveling around Africa can be a difficult and daunting experience for travelers. The most popular backpacking trail is through East and South Africa starting in Cape Town and ending in Cairo. The question most travelers ask themselves is “How am I going to get around?” There are many different transportation options in Africa:


Overland Africa Safari Tours

Overland safari tours are the organized package tours of Africa and are filled with short-term travelers who want to see Africa without a hassle. It’s not what I would call an “authentic” local experience, but if you’re a little intimidated about traveling Africa on your own, this may be your best option. Overland tours are more expensive, but food, transport, and accommodation costs are included. Seven day all-inclusive tours start around $750 USD and go to $6,000 for a 63-day “Kenya to Cape Town” tour.

Public Buses

Traveling by bus gives you an opportunity to be a part of other passengers’ everyday lives. Our bus journeys were often filled with laughter and conversation with local Africans, who went out of their way to make sure that we, as visitors, were made as comfortable as possible. Children were plonked on our laps and entrusted to our care, and quite often the head of a neighboring rooster would poke threateningly around our faces and cock-a-doodle in our ears. Public buses (USD$3–$32) are usually taken for longer journeys and across borders where there is a good network of sealed roads. These buses are generally comfortable, safe, and spacious. Places that have fewer or no sealed roads will have ancient buses that frequently break down and are overcrowded.

Car Hire

Hiring a car will put a small dent in your budget, so make sure you know which game parks you want to go to and where the best viewing areas are, so you can plan accordingly and cut down on fuel expenses. We hired cars for safaris in Namibia and South Africa, which made for a flexible, relaxed, and comfortable safari. We also hired a car to experience the beautiful Garden Route, a popular and scenic stretch of the South African coast. Car hire from South Africa can be found for as cheap as $30 a day, especially if you book online. In other parts of Africa, it ranges from $75–$100 a day. If you are planning on long-term travel in Africa, you may even consider buying your own 4WD to tour the continent in. South Africa would be the best option for purchase, or look for a departing traveler ready to sell up.

When planning your African travel adventure, carefully consider your budget and safety interests for getting around. While public transport is cheap and authentic, it’s uncomfortable and less safe than other options. Hiring or buying a car is the more expensive choice but will give you greater freedom as well as maintain an authentic experience.

Ways to Help People in Developing Countries

What are Developing Countries?


Developing countries are less economically developed countries. Examples of developing countries include Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda and Bangladesh. Many people in developing countries are facing poverty on a daily basis.

People used to refer to developing countries as ‘third world’ as opposed to ‘first world’ (developed countries). However, we avoid using the term ‘third world’ nowadays as it is no longer accurate or appropriate. I believe that ‘Third world’ is a Western imposition that implies some countries are worth less than others, which is not the case, they are simply at different stages of development.


Top 3 Ways of Helping People in Developing Countries


Here are my top 5 way that you can help developing countries. They are sustainable. They are rewarding. They are possible. They will make a difference.

#1 Travel!

Oh yes, how fantastic! You can help developing countries by travelling in them. Buy your food from the local market, take cultural tours and stay in their hotels. You are creating jobs and improving the economy by doing this.

By travelling to developing countries you are also learning about their culture. When you come home and share your wonderful experiences with others, this will hopefully have a positive effect on tourist numbers as you encourage more people to go.

#2 Volunteer


Sometimes, doing a whistle stop tour of a city in just 5 days is just not enough. With the rise of voluntourism, you can get to know the local culture, make new friends and make a difference. Time and skills are very valuable commodities.

When you volunteer, be flexible and understand that things might not work in the same way as they do back at home. If you go in with this attitude, you will gain much more from your volunteer project abroad.

Think carefully about where you want to volunteer and who you want to work with. For me, it was about teaching and women’s empowerment. You may have medical skills to offer in a health centre or you might like to work on a conservation project. The possibilities are endless.

3 Give money to Sustainable Projects and Large NGO’s

Tempting as it is to give money out to someone who seems to be in need on the streets, it’s much more effective to give that money to a Charity or NGO (Non-governmental Organisation).

When choosing an NGO to donate to consider the following….

  • Does it support projects in the country that you want to support?
  • How long has the NGO been running?
  • Does it operate on an International scale?

Remember that many smaller and newer projects fail due to unsustainability. You wouldn’t want to invest money only to see it go to waste, would you?


Keep in mind: raising awareness and sharing information can influence and inspire other people to help those facing poverty in developing countries. If you can raise awareness and educate others, you are not alone in making a change in the world.