Preparing for Hiking

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If you have read our previous post about hiking in Africa, then you are probably very excited at the prospect of your adventure that you are about to experience. The sights, sounds, and smells will take you into a world that you in which you have probably never been before. We are equally as excited as you are about hiking in Africa because we have done it!

While it sure is great to dream about the upcoming African adventure, there are definitely things that you will need to do at home in order to prepare yourself for the hiking. In many cases, the conditions will be something that you may not be familiar with, resulting in a potentially dangerous situation if you are not ready. So, we have created this post to advise you on some of the things that you can do in order to make sure you are prepared to take on anything during a hike in Africa. Keep reading for our tips!

The Preparation


One of the things that you need to be aware of is that the temperatures can get very hot in Africa. Much of the continent lies very close to the Equator. As a result, temperatures often exceed ninety degrees Fahrenheit during the day in any season. You can prepare for this in a number of ways. For example, if you live in a hot area, you can just spend more time outside. However, if you live in a cool or temperate area, you might need some assistance. One thing you can try is hot yoga. This will simulate stressful conditions for the body. You can also just try turning up the heat in your own home. If you don’t have some sort of unit to help you with this, you may need some AC installation. You can find this by looking in your search engine for a company that offers these kinds of services. You might get results like these:

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In addition, the climate can change drastically as well. Many of the countries in Africa have a dry season and a rainy season. During the dry season, there is not much water in the air because of a lack of rain. In order to combat this, you will need to bring some sort of hydration pack with you so you can stay hydrated. During the rainy season, there can be a lot of mud and bugs. It can also be almost unbearably humid. Prepare for this with light clothes and a lot of bug repellent.

African Music

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Prepare to have your mind blown! If you are visiting Africa, one of the best experiences that you will have is hearing traditional African music. The rhythm, melody, and harmony will dance around in your heart for all of eternity. You may be wondering, “well, cool, but how does this apply to my life?” Well, you have come to the right place. Read on in this post to find out why!



Do you love jazz? Do you love blues? Do you love R&B? Do you love pop? Then get ready to have your mind rocked. All of this music started in Africa. Long ago in West Africa, drumming and singing was ingrained into the culture. There were many patterns and rich songs that the West African tribes would sing to and with each other.

When the Europeans came down and took some of those West Africans as slaves to the Americas, that music traveled with them. This music began do develop into its own sound. This eventually became the root of jazz and blues. The spiritual songs sung by African Americans also found a place in the church.

All of these sounds came together to give us most of the music that we love today. You can trace most popular music back to Africa.

It’s crazy to think that this culture gave birth to many of the sounds we know and love today. You’ll be able to experience this music firsthand if you decide to take a trip to Africa!

What to Wear

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Everybody thinks of Africa as a place that is extremely hot. Is this necessarily true?

Not so. Or, at least not to the degree (pardon the pun) you might expect. Africa has a lot of diversity in its topography and climate. As a result, if you want to know what to stuff into your suitcase, you might want to get hip on what the weather and climate will be like in the place you are visiting. Keep reading to find out more information on what to wear.



Planning your outfits and what to pack is something that most people deal with when going on any sort of trip. When it comes to packing for Africa, the good news is that you can treat it like all of the rest. There’s no pressure here.

This first thing that you should be aware of is the type of climate you’ll be in during your stay. For example. if you are in Northern Africa, then you should probably be prepared for some desert like climates. You’ll want to bring a water bottle as well as some longer sleeves to keep your skin safe from the harsh rays of direct sunlight. If you are hiking in some more elevated areas, then you might want to pack some sort of clothes that will keep you cool during active time but will keep you warmer up top. Last time I was in Cameroon, it was scorching at the bottom of the hiking route but was considerably cooler once we reached the top.

African Food

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As with many other places, the one of the best parts about traveling to Africa is experiencing the culture through the cuisine. There are some amazing things that you can try on this great continent. You will experience a variety of flavors and textures that will open up your mind and pallet to a plethora of different ideas and concepts. In this post, we will be discussing some of the gastronomic experiences that you might have while in Africa. Keep reading to enlighten your taste buds!



One very popular African cuisine that has made its way over to the Western world is Ethiopian food. This ethnicity offers heavily spiced and lentil based sauces that will absolutely blow your mind. What is quite interesting about Ethiopian food is that it is traditionally not eaten with silverware. That’s right, you use your hands! This is the best part: in lieu of silverware, Ethiopian cuisine features a spongy kind ¬†of bread that you used to pick everything up. You just tear off a piece, grab what you want, and eat it! It’s delicious.


This kind of food differs greatly from the aforementioned Ethiopian food. Much of this food consists of starchy kinds of roots that grow in the ground. One of these roots is called cassava. It is ground up into a sort of paste and then served like mashed potatoes. By itself, it can be a little bit bland, but with other dishes, it provides a great accompanying texture that will make your meal delectable!

Hiking in Africa


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Come on, climb aboard! Your adventure in Africa awaits! One of the best things about this incredible continent is the wealth of nature and untouched land that exists. There are plenty of amazing sites to see all over the continent. This post is aimed at pointing out some great places for you to visit if you are planning on taking a trip there. Read on, hikers!



One great place to do some stellar hiking is in Cameroon. This French speaking country is located in West Africa, just southeast of Nigeria. There is a lot of flat land in this country (which obviously is not ideal for hiking), but if you do some traveling, you can find some good spots.

For example, if you go up to the Northwest Region around Bamenda, you can find some great places to do some hiking. You’ll be able to get some great views from the top. However, you should be aware of what season you are in when you go. If you go during the dry season, the views can be diminished because of a large haze that hangs over all of the countryside. This haze actually consists of very small particles of dust that come from the Sahara Desert, which is to the north of Cameroon. What happens is the dry season causes these sand and dust particles to become loose and kicked up into the air because a lack of humidity weighing them down.

Stay tuned for some other great hiking ideas for Africa!

Communication Skills



When traveling to Africa, you may find yourself in places where your language may not be spoken or understood. In this case, it is very important to have some other languages under your belt in order to be able to communicated effectively with others. This post is written to inform you of good common global languages to speak that may help you in these kinds of situations. Keep reading to find out more.



If you are reading this post, chances are that you already understand English. It’s important to be able to speak this language because it is one that will help you in many African countries. Do not be fooled, though. English is only helpful in a handful of countries in Africa. A large portion of countries in Africa have another European language as one of their official languages.


This language is probably the most popular European language in Africa. Many countries in Africa were occupied by the French at some point. As a result, French is the official language of many of these countries today. Make sure that you brush up on your francophone skills before you adventure in Africa.


This is a native tongue of many African countries. For example, it is the official language of Kenya. It is also spoken in a lot of other countries, such as Tanzania and Zimbabwe. This would be a particularly important language to learn if you do not want to try to learn some sort of European language.

West Africa


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If you have thought about visiting Africa, then congrats, you have arrived at the right place. We are so excited to share some of information about Africa with you! There are so many great adventures to be had on this continent rich with culture and history. In this post, we will be discussing some of the places that you can visit in the region of West Africa. We will also include some very helpful information for you to know if you do decide to take a trip into this region of the continent. Keep reading to get all of the info!

Visiting West Africa

Background information

The first thing that you should know is that West Africa carries a wealth of exquisite culture and tradition. There are so many things for you to learn if you are thinking about visiting here.

Knowledge of the history of this region is important to maximize your enjoyment and understanding during your trip. What you should know is that most of this region was at one point occupied by the French. As a result, French is the official language of most of these countries. This, however, is by no means the only language that people speak in West African countries. Many people belong to a tribe or group of people that populate a specific subregion of a country or of West Africa. Consequently, each person will speak there regional or tribal language as well as several different dialects of that language. It is not uncommon for a typical West African to speak four to five different languages fluently. Imagine that!