Africa? Why would I want to go there?
I hear that all the time and I try not to take it personally. As an African travel specialist its my job to persuade them that they're not going to get mugged the second they step off the plane in Johannesburg, or eaten by a lion if they leave their Nairobi hotel.
The African continent is the second love of my life. I say that because my wife may read this blog. Actually we met on a steamy West African beach in 1985 and slogged across the Sahara to Tunis via Timbuktu in a Bedford truck. See, I'm still here - safe as houses. The only crime we encountered was perpetrated on an official level by the Algerian government who insisted that we changed 300 US dollars into Algerian dinars and spend it all in the 5 days we would take to cross the country. Believe me, it's very hard to spend 300 US dollars in 5 days in Algeria if you have no use for a second hand camel.
In 35 years of travel throughout Africa I have never so much as witnessed a single crime, let alone been the victim of one. What I'm trying to say is that a visit to most parts of Africa will not end in you being shot, robbed, eaten or trampled. It will result in memories of beautiful, kind people, stunning scenery and hundreds of photos of Africa's exciting wildlife. You're also likely to be planning your next trip before you get home. It's a fact that most visitors to Africa will return, so be prepared to fall in love - again and again.