The idea of hiking and camping in Africa sounds exciting and promises unforgettable experiences. If you imagine such a kind of weekend and think that it will be one of the best things in your life, you’re, probably, right. However, hiking in Africa may seem risky and difficult; so many people don’t even try it as a complement to their camping experience. The truth is, camping and hiking in Africa are not so difficult, and people do it all the time. In this piece, I will share 7 tips for camping and hiking with you, You can also check out my you 5 incredible camping and hiking sites in Africa. Enjoy it:
Pt 2: How to Camp and Hike in Africa to Make Your Adventure Safe and Unforgettable
When we feel thirsty, we are already dehydrated, so make sure that you have enough water and hydration packs are accessible at any time. You may also want to add rehydration sports drinks to your water — they often contain important minerals and vitamins.
2. Don’t keep food in your tent
This is the main safety tip. When animals smell food inside your tent, their first reaction is to try to open it (for example, using sharp claws) and to consume everything edible — even including you, if it’s a big carnivore. There are also many other animals and insects that will be attracted by the smell of your food and cause troubles.
3. Use mosquito repellents
Ticks and mosquitos are very active in summer, and if you don’t have repellent, your hike might turn into a disaster. Just make sure to apply your sunscreen first: wait for 10-20 minutes until your skin absorbs it, and then apply repellent.
4. Check in with guards
If you’re at a safari lodge, the chances are that there are guards who keep an eye on this area 24 hours a day. They can help you visit other lodges located nearby or suggest a route to the most beautiful places.
5. Choose proper wardrobe
We suggest that you pack light-coloured clothing because it better reflects sunlight. Stick with neutral colours (beige, brown, khaki) and avoid white. When you’re wearing white, animals can spot you from miles away and hide so that you won’t enjoy the full wildlife experience.
6. Don’t leave your tent at night
First, carnivores may be looking for prey at night, and even if you don’t see them, they see you. However, there are also many other creatures who can quickly ruin your weekend in Africa, including dozens of venomous snakes and bugs of any kind. As long as you’re inside your tent, you’re safe, so make sure to go to the bathroom before you put out the campfire.
7. No matter what, stay calm
If you hear something big and scary walking around your tent, stay calm and don’t move. If you don’t move and don’t make a sound, the animal will quickly lose interest and go away because your tent doesn’t look like anything tasty. However, if you start to panic, any sudden noises and movements can make the animal feel threatened, and this may be a big problem. No matter what, staying in your tent is the safest option. Just relax and wait.
Although Africa is known mostly for safaris and mountain climbing, it has a lot more to offer. For example, you can enjoy wild camping or hiking in many beautiful places across this continent. If you prepare for your journey properly and follow our simple safety tips, hiking and camping will turn into an unforgettable experience, and you’ll certainly want to visit Africa again!
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Berta Melder is an experienced brand manager, content strategist and co-founder of the Professional Writers at Masterra. Being passionate about her job, she constantly tries to bring Scandinavian wellbeing philosophy into the workplace. Berta is a regular contributor to publications on a broad range of digital (and lifestyle) topics. Follow her on Twitter.