Travel to Africa is as safe as travel around Asia, Europe, the Middle East or North and South America.
All of our partners in Africa regularly provide us with weekly (sometimes even daily) updates on the political, social, environmental and wildlife conditions in Africa and we proactively discourage travel to destinations that we consider unsafe for any reason.
Like all big cities in Asia, Europe and the United States, petty theft can occur in Africa's major cities and towns. Visitors should take the same care as they would normally take in any other destination worldwide. Place valuables in safe deposit boxes at hotels and be alert and streetwise at popular tourist sights.
During your safari, at lodges and tented camps, you are far removed from human settlements and crime is virtually non existent. You will be comforted to know that we have a 100 per cent track record in this regard.
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and even Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, the Republic of Congo and the island resorts of Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Seychelles are politically stable and peaceful, and Kenya managed to resolve its short-lived election dispute in early 2008 without impacting tourism, even at the height of the crisis. Zimbabwe went through some form of political unrest several years ago, but this was largely confined to the capital Harare and we continued to arrange safaris to Zimbabwe during this period. Safari and tourist areas such as Victoria Falls, Hwange, Mana Pools, Kariba and Malilangwe were not affected and we have a 100 per cent safety record in Zimbabwe. Personal safety is dealt with in detail in our pre-trip information material.
Take note that travel safety concerns arising from a negative event in one African country do not apply to the entire continent, just as travel safety concerns in some areas in Nepal, Sri Lanka or Pakistan do not apply to travel to Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
When planning an African safari, it is best to work with someone who has intimate knowledge of each country - not just its wildlife and attractions, but also its unique cultural, socio-economic and political situations, as safety issues often stem from these areas. We at A to A Safaris have a presence in Africa, we have been going to Africa for many years and we return to Africa several times each year to refresh and expand our knowledge.
Your safety is our number one concern.