7 Common Myths About Traveling Africa – And Why They Are Wrong

Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers to help cover the topics important and specific to them! She’s also amazingly knowledgeable about traveling around Africa. This month, Kristin breaks down some of the most persistent myths when it comes to traveling Africa.

When I told my friends about my first solo trip to Africa, they thought I was crazy.

What about Ebola?

You can’t travel to Africa alone! It’s too dangerous!

You’re going to get eaten by a lion or something!

This is a common reaction from those who have not been to the continent and are used to seeing it portrayed in a very negative light in the news and popular culture. We often hear only about the bad side: corruption, war, disease, crime, and poverty. With little else to go on, most people naturally have a negative impression of Africa.

The reality is that Africa is a continent with incredibly varied cultures, landscapes, and activities that you can only experience there. Safaris are certainly a big draw, but there is so much more to Africa than that. Africa is where I saw my first whale shark, where I spent more time staying in the homes of people I’d just met than paying for hostels, and where I safely hitchhiked from beautiful beach town to beautiful beach town. It’s a continent filled with people on the move, a thriving film industry, growing tech centers, and lots of development projects. I am still continuously humbled by the hospitality and uniqueness I find there on every visit.

Yet each time I go back, I hear the same concerns, worries, and misperceptions. Today let’s address them. Here are seven common myths about traveling in Africa and why theyre wrong:

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