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Tips for Your First Humanitarian Travel to Africa

Reasons for humanitarian aid are not limited to poor living conditions, overbearing poverty, and natural disasters. Unfortunately, the African continent must battle other humanitarian problems such as lack of education, social injustice, and diseases. Be sure to check these tips if you’re a humanitarian travel planning on traveling to Africa to help those who are facing desperate situations of conflict, disease, and food insecurity.

Humanitarians in Africa

Media coverage of current events occurring in Africa determines a large part of the worldview regarding the African continent. It’s often portrayed as a part of the world plagued by extreme poverty, disease, and conflict. However, it should also be described as a beautiful continent on the brink of becoming more and more developed. Are you a compassionate humanitarian dedicated to helping those who in need? Travel to Africa and ensure you’re perfectly prepared by checking out the tips listed below.

  • Take health precautions
    Humanitarians are often prone to injuries and unhealthy environments. A big number of African countries asks for professional pre-travel advice about vaccinations or health information. It’s important to plan, since getting all the vaccines you need may take some time. That’s why you should take the steps mentioned below well before departure, as we wrote before in an earlier article.
  • Consider the possible climate changes
    Africa is the second largest continent, approximately three times the size of the United States. The African continent measures 5,200 miles from north to south, and at its broadest point, is nearly as wide as it is long. Unsurprisingly, temperatures can vary from scorching heat in desert areas, particularly in the Sahara and freezing cold in several mountainous regions and highlands. The continent boasts a wide variety of climates such as:
    o   Tropical rainforest
    This climate is known for its high humidity and warm temperatures and is found particularly around the center of the continent and along the eastern coast of Madagascar.o   Mediterranean
    Characterized by Warm temperatures and relatively cool evenings. This climate is mostly on the northwest coast and in the southeast.

    o   Savannah
    Found to the north and south where it replaces the rain forest. There are distinct wet and dry seasons.

    o   Steppe
    Borders with the Savannah grades into the drier steppe.

    o   Desert
    Little to no rainfall conditions are evident and extensive differences between day and night temperatures. The Sahara in the north is the world's best known and largest desert.

This proves that the African continent doesn’t necessarily have high temperatures and dry conditions. Remember to check out your region before departure and be sure to pack clothes and supplies that fit the predicted weather situation.

We have been organizing humanitarian travel to the African continent for more than six decades. Are you among the many humanitarians in Africa, or are you planning on traveling to Africa? At Raptim, our staff is dedicated and focused on your complex, and at times, very urgent travel needs. Never hesitate to contact us should you require additional travel information.