[Editor’s note] On September 3rd and 4th, the 2018 China -Africa Cooperation Forum Beijing Summit with the main theme of “win -win cooperation and a closer community of China -Africa Destiny Community” was held under the presidency of Chinese President Xi Jinping. South Africa, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Dogo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Mali, Cotti, Serra Leine, Botswana and other national governments attended the meeting. Under the framework of peace and security cooperation, the deepening of China’s comprehensive strategic partnership in China -Africa was discussed. Surging news focuses on “New Africa” and sends this “atypical” African guide to travelers with interested intent.
For seventy years, in the manuscript of British writer Gray Green’s “No Map Travel”, Africa is still a “black continent abandoned by God”. But at the moment, through countless travelers, the images and text records obtained with their hearts and staring at their hearts, the Africa we see is not the most gorgeous continent under the sun.
Nero Bati, Campra, and Damasaham’s emerging fashion cities are rising. They are the increasing evidence of Africa’s modernization and business prosperity. The five African countries, the Casha cross -border nature reserve established on the border between Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe is not only the world’s largest nature reserve, but also the most watched ecology and sustainable ecology and sustainable internationally internationally Tourism development sample. Also, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi and other niche hunting destinations, leaving unpopular marine vacation destinations such as Nigero, Bazarut Islands, and Madagascar with a long period of open tourism resources. The ancient and wild mainland provided new opportunities.
By this article, we want to talk about the reality of traveling in Africa -not necessarily dirty poverty, nor is it necessary to bake people, and it is not possible to be “one of the most dangerous places in the world.” Don’t think about the bloody scenes of Leonardo Dicaprio in the movie “Blood Diamond”. If you have the opportunity to spend a week on your own driving on Nirobin and dive along the Cape Town coastline Seeing Africa is much more interesting, complicated, and beautiful than 99%of media reports.
Prepare the stereotypes and jump off from the ivory tower of self -prison.
Madagascar has 5%of the world’s types of animals and plants, 80%of which are special, such as fox monkeys. Wang Xiaoshu
One of the myths: Africa is South Africa, Africa is Kenya … Africa is Africa?
If someone thinks that going to Africa to go to South Africa or Kenya, and travel to Africa to see wild animals, then he must have never heard of “China is too hot, I want to return to Africa to avoid summer heat”. Of course, I just joked.
You know, we are talking about 54 independent countries, 1 billion people, more than 2,000 local languages, and are the second largest continent in the world. It sounds cool.
Since the colonial era, “diversity” has always been the most appropriate word of Africa. 54 countries not only have different natural climatic conditions, but also have different political, economic, and social environment. For example, in the “Eastern Africa Paris” Kenya capital Nairobi, in the coldest in early July, everyone wrapped in down jackets out of the street. Going home to cover a down quilt, it is by no means a hell furnace that people think of.
In the past, when Kenya and South Africa were propagated to international travelers, they used the word “south of Sahara, the most open travel destinations in Africa”, which may be unsuccessful. This allows many people to use a single dimension to look at Africa subconsciously, and mistakenly think that the above two countries are the only destinations worth visiting in Africa, thus ignoring other countries with rich natural resources and colorful cultural traditions. Consciously forget the fact that the African continent has both glaciers, deserts, and green grasslands and dense tropical rain forests.
Myth 2: Africa is hot?
Hot, it cannot be an obstacle to the release of enthusiasm for outdoor sports enthusiasts -runs marathon and cycling in the Sahara Desert, self -driving in Etertally, Etertally, and Panalta Alery volcano. Essence
The fact is that Africa is not as hot as we think. For the African people, the fever of Africa is not a matter of shade. On the other hand, the situation in China is different -at the end of June this year, in the real summer heat, a African student on the streets of Yichang, Hubei fainted. The first sentence he said after waking up was: ” The Congo is never so hot! “
Traveling on the vast African continent, there are many options to avoid harsh climate. There are cold winter in North Africa and South Africa. Lesoto has a ski resort. Beggar Mazaro mountains will burst out of snow disaster. Even in the tropical China and Africa, there are good weather in the daytime windy season during monsoon seasons. Generally speaking, choosing time before and after the peak season of specific destinations is very secure.
Kenya, Ambassi National Park at sunset. Village
Three of myths: Danger?
The answer to this question depends on what the questioner’s perception of danger is like. From Shanghai, it should be different from travelers from New York. David Mozer, who likes to explore Africa with a bicycle to explore Africa, once said that he has “the country with the highest degree of violence in the world to the most milder and best guest.” His words can make those travelers who think Africa are very dangerous to eat a reassurance.
Although we have seen a lot of news reports on Johannesburg street robbery cases, in any case, South Africa’s crime rate is not as exaggerated as people imagine. Careful travelers may consider choosing in the following destinations: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, and Ghana, are one of the most stable social order on the African continent and the best public security; The good reputation of tourist destinations is also accumulated for many years.
Africans are generally kind and friendly, and they are also facts. When you come to rural areas, travelers may lament that the local people’s friendly enthusiasm can simply melt away. Perhaps because the workers who support community construction are mostly foreigners, locals are willing to talk to tourists and help tourists.
Fourth Ith: Poverty?
“New Africa” is not small from the imagination of most people. If a traveler finds that his cognition has been behind the actual situation for decades, it is not necessary to be surprised by it. In the past ten years, African countries have developed rapidly. Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Uganda capital Kanpara, and Dargslam, the capital of Tanzania, have made people feel the modern and prosperous side of Africa. The appearance is modern and beautifully decorated. There are many private cars on the road in the city, and the city is not bad.
Not to mention the capital of Zimbabwe’s capital. Friends who look at the photos are surprised every time: Is this in Africa? However, the poverty of Africans can be seen everywhere in the countryside. Most of them live in the humble African straw sheds, and their lives are very simple.
It is necessary to mention that 11 people in Africa have a higher GDP than China. They are Seychelles, Mauritius, Gabon, Botswana, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, Egypt, Morocco, Libya. The local price index is not low from the per capita GDP high. Trip the cost of travel and add it as appropriate.
Fourth Ith: Dirty?
As the second richest country in Africa, Mauritius is known as the “African Switzerland”. The cleanliness of the capital Louis Port is comparable to many European cities. Even in the vast majority of African countries that open tourism resources, sanitary conditions are better than people think. There are fewer beggars in the city, the streets are clean and clean, and the greening is also good.
Mozambique, Lake Nisa, who does not dye the dust, has an amazing biodiversity that makes it one of the most important water bodies on the planet. Daniel Map
Fifth of myth: Virus is raging?
When Ebola virus was raging in West Africa, during the same period, the number of tourists who traveled to Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Botswana fell straight down, which was a phenomenon worth exploring. You know, Ebola virus has also visited Dallas, Atlanta, and Madrid, but he has not caused any distress to travelers who go to the above destinations, destinations, and even travelers in the country where their destinations are located. And Kenya, 7,000 kilometers away from Guinea Gulf, and South Africa, 10,000 kilometers away, issued a travel ban on the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, and still lay the gun. It can only be said that in the subconscious of ordinary tourists, Africa is really a “country”.
Before departure to Africa, travelers are best to check the health prevention information related to destinations. The official website of the embassy will list the list of drugs that need to be vaccinated or recommended to carry. Compared with other parts of the world, tetanus, pediatric paralysis, measles, and yellow fever are more common in Africa. However, the chance of infection with the above diseases during the trip is actually very small. Instead, the most threatened infectious disease is malignant. Plasmids caused by Plasmodium, travelers should use antimalarial drugs such as chlorine and sulfa sulfa when necessary. In addition, you can also take some preventive measures to deal with malaria: wearing long -sleeved, trousers, shoes, socks at night to avoid bare large skin; camping in national parks or nature reserves, choose to sleep under mosquito nets; use drive drive; drive drive drive; use drive drive; drive drive drive; use drive drive; drive drive drive; use drive drive; drive drive drive; use drive drive; drive drive drivers Worm.
Due to environmental changes and temperature differences during the trip, colds or unskilled fruits cause short -term diarrhea. Excessive contact with the sun is sunburned by ultraviolet rays. This is a few health details that need to pay attention to avoiding avoidance.
Myth 6: Can I drink water?
Africa’s groundwater has a low degree of pollution. This is determined by Africa’s overall industrialization and traditional farming methods. With the help of the World Health Organization, with the help of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Canada, and the United States, the development of groundwater resources in Africa has made rapid progress in the past two decades, and tap water has also meets international security standards.
Myth Seventh: Can you eat it well?
The seasoning of African cuisine depends mainly on sauce. Most of the staple foods are carbohydrates such as rice, corn, taro, and potatoes. Pork, beef, chicken, fish, or vegetables common in side dishes are cooked in a cooking or fried manner. This means that African cuisine is more healthy and refreshing than the daily diet of many Chinese cities. It is particularly recommended that Senegal, Swahili, Uganda, Tunisia, Liberian cuisine, Ethiopia and Ghana cuisine.
Compared with the small dirty shop on the street, it is more worth trying to try the fruits and juice at the end of the streets. Eating and sleeping well during travel, coupled with appropriate walking and physical consumption, I can guarantee that you are healthier than before you return from Africa.
Exquisite French seafood is a standard hotel meal
Myth 8th: Is it difficult to take a bath?
If you choose self -driving, cycling, camping, boat campaign, or the dominant travel method of outdoor sports, it may be difficult to have a chance to take a decent bath during the journey. Most Africans are very diligent in bathing. Washing a day is common. If you meet the homestay owner and friendly locals invite you to eat or even take a bath, please don’t have to make a fuss -they provide the bath water See the performance of a good guest.
Myth Nine: Incadence traffic?
The construction of roads, railways, regional aviation, ports, power, and telecommunications is the highlight of China -Africa cooperation. The Aji Railway connecting Ethiopia and Gabiti, the urban light rails of Asia Beta, the largest infrastructure project in Kenya’s independence, and Highway 1, nicknamed the “Dream Highway”, make up for the weak infrastructure in Africa. The shortcomings also provide employment space to make more and more Africans’ lives and life trajectories better due to the construction of Chinese companies.
At the Beijing Summit of the China -Africa Cooperation Forum, the priority areas and key directions of China -Africa cooperation in the next three years have been further clarified. The role and value played in infrastructure construction in the development strategy and building a closer China -Africa community have been repeatedly reiterated. Taking the Mongolian Railway as an example, according to the plan, this is the first step in the construction of the East African railway network. In the future, the railway will extend to Uganda and Burundi to connect the entire East Africa to promote the interconnection of the entire East Africa region.
Traveling in mainland Africa is not a problem to travel by train or high -speed rail. However, traffic to most rural areas is still inconvenient and often needs to be chartered. It is necessary to take a preventive needle that many local drivers in Africa have dangerous driving habits, and the speed is not controlled. The bad brakes, shock absorbers, and front lights fail or unwavering, which will make traffic risks worse. In addition, the roads with high traffic accidents in Africa, poor roads with large traffic flow, poor traffic jams, and serious traffic jams. It is also an indisputable fact.
Ith Ten: There is nothing to see except animals and natural scenery?
Don’t forget that Africa is the cradle of modern humans. Not to mention the Golden Tower of Egypt, Rare Bella in Ethiopia, Tingbuckto in Maria, the ancient city of Fist, the rock painting of the Sanbusman in South Africa, the stone city of Zimbabwe, and the entire island that is included in the world cultural heritage It is a human landscape with a fare.
Looking at the old city of Cairo from the Bab Zwiyla city wall. Lebbing Peak Map