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Africa

Women Safety in Africa

Africa is a huge continent, and there are some places that you will be advised to avoid for various reasons, such as recent terrorist threats in some cities. It is advisable to check UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for their latest travel warnings.

In most African cultures, local women do not tend to travel alone, so you may find yourself receiving some unwanted attention. African men may see their advances as flattering rather than aggravating. They may also have different concepts of personal space and appropriate physical contact.

Crimes like theft and personal safety is a concern in major capital cities like Nairobi and Johannesburg. It is necessary to exercise the same caution with valuables as you would in any large urban area.

South Africa is one of the more dangerous countries for female travelers. Sexual assault and car jacking is common, as well as robbery - avoid going into townships and certain areas of the city. Don’t put yourself in isolating situations - if you’re traveling solo, stick to places where there are lots of people.

Africa in a nutshell

Go on a safari in South Africa. Sleep in a bivouac in the Sahara. Be entertained at Djemaa El-Fna, a square and market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter.

Getting around Africa

International bus services are pretty common across the continent. Unfortunately, there are now no international trains (other than occasional tourist cruise trains) from South Africa to Namibia, Botswana or Zimbabwe.

If you prefer to fly, fastjet is a low cost airline, serving both Eastern and Southern Africa. To fly within South Africa and to Zanzibar, Mango Airlines has frequent flash sales. flyafrica.com is a low-cost carrier that flies from Zimbabwe to South Africa. Fly540 is a low-cost carrier that flies across Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania.

In South Africa, The Baz Bus, a unique backpacker bus, has a hop-on, hop-off system that allows you to get off at as many stops as you want before you reach your final destination. The Baz Bus will even pick you up and drop you off at the backpackers' hostel where you’re staying.

Digital Nomad Scene

South Africa's infrastructure is amongst the best in Africa, and it is a great option if you want to work from the same timezone as Europe. Cape Town is known as Silicon Cape because of all the startups and developers in the city. A 90-day tourist visa is generally available upon arrival and renewable once with a multi-day visa run to another country, but generally after 6 months foreigners have to apply for residency.

Women Necessities

South Africa: Tampons (with a variety of applicators) is widely available. You will need to visit a clinic for birth control pills. Morning-after pills are available over the counter at almost any pharmacy in South Africa without a prescription.

Morocco: Tampons are sold in large stores that cater to tourists, in areas with lots of tourists. Also, they are carried by the supermarket chain Marjane. Birth control pills (prescription needed) and morning-after pills are carried by pharmacies.

Nigeria: Tampons are sold in bigger supermarkets like ShopRite or Spar, or to a pharmacy like Med Plus. Birth control pills can be bought at pharmacies. Morning-after pills can be bought over the counter at drug stores.

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