How many people do you know who travel to Africa regularly or very often? How many people travel to Asia or South Africa? I am guessing that at least a few of your friends have travelled to Thailand, Bali or Peru just last year only and maybe only one would have chosen to travel to Africa at the same time?
Am I right? Yes?
And why do you think that is?
A search on hostelworld.com reveals that “Cusco, Lima has 29 hostels, compared to 4 in Nairobi, Kenya, which has 10 times Cusco’s population”. There is quite many cases of kidnappings in Africa. 72% of the kidnapped foreign nationals take place in Africa of which Libya accounts for the highest recorded levels of kidnapping since 2014. There has also been a resurgence of piracy because of the stagnant political situation.
The other thing is the cost of travelling across Africa. I visited Kenya two years back and it is one of the most beautiful places that I have been to and I recommend anyone to put it on their travelling list. However, one of the biggest surprise are the prices – relatively high when it comes to quality of the services we receive for what we have to pay.
Simply put – for the same standard of accommodation, food, transport & attractions we would pay much less in most of the places across Asia. Starting price of the cheapest safari is around 100 $ per day and believe me – you don’t want to do only 1 day. However there is something special about Africa. The landscapes are outstanding. The animals and nature are different from other parts of the world. Watching life there makes you feel like you are literally in paradise. I haven’t been in many places in Africa yet but the few times that I have been were more than enough to fall in love C O M P L E T E L Y. The vibes are not repetitive and makes you hungry for the next time. If you see the Savannah landscapes, you will dream of coming back to see this view again for the rest of your life.
The stats and numbers are not very promising perhaps and don’t ignore them while planning your backpacking journey to Africa. However just do consider that your travelling style will be different and perhaps you should carry a bit more money than what you would take for your trips to Asia. But I can assure you one small thing – it is going to be absolutely worth it!
Supporting source: https://hostageus.org/new-kidnapping-trends-on-the-global-stage/