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Is it safe in Africa?

Africa is home to around 50 countries (the number varies, as not all self-described countries have international recognition as independent states) and a number of island groups, making it one of the most varied environments in the world. With both well-developed areas and countries battling civil war and violence, Africa is a continent that is constantly changing and can sometimes be volatile or downright dangerous. Safety in Africa is a tricky issue, and travelers should do their homework before going. 

Violence and Crime

Crime and violence are widespread throughout Africa. Historically, Sierra Leone and Liberia have had high crime rates, and travelers should be cautious, especially if traveling alone. South Africa has also earned a reputation as dangerous, with carjackings and muggings common. Throughout the continent, pickpocketing and theft are prevalent. As a common-sense precaution, always carry your money and passport in an inside pocket or a small bag around your neck or waist, rather than in a pocket or a shoulder bag. 

Health Safety

Before traveling to Africa, get or update vaccines against diseases that are common throughout the continent. Depending on your destination, these may include Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever and rabies. Protecting yourself against malaria requires preventive action and you will probably need to begin taking medication a few weeks in advance of your trip. 
Safety should also be a consideration when choosing food and drinks. Buying from roadside vendors can be risky; your safest bet is to buy foods that have been thoroughly cooked. Drink only bottled water in most countries other than South Africa, where tap water is potable. Avoiding ice in your drinks (unless you can confirm it has been made from distilled or bottled water) will help keep you safe from parasitic infections, cholera, dysentery and typhoid. 

Places That Are Not Safe to Visit

Historically, Algeria and Mauritania have been especially dangerous for Western travelers, having been frequent targets of Islamic fundamentalists and kidnappers. The southeast of Chad has also been dangerous throughout the years because of rebel activity, but generally the rest of the country is safe for travel. 

War, rebel activity and social conflicts can make travel unwise to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan. Somalia has long been considered one of the most dangerous regions in Africa because of piracy, frequent kidnappings and warlord operations.

Security concerns in Africa, as in other parts of the world, may change rapidly. It's a good idea to check the U.S. Department of State website before you plan your trip.

Safety Tips for Safaris

Whether you are on a guided safari or driving yourself, follow certain safety rules when out in the field. Aside from the obvious dangers of getting too close to large animals such as lions and hippos, be aware of snakes; if you'll be walking at all in your safari, wearing boots and long pants will help you stay safe. These precautions will also help keep you safe from ticks, as well as mosquitoes and the illnesses they transmit, such as malaria. Finally, avoid swimming in lakes and rivers, as parasites may be present, and you could get sick just from being in contact with the water. 

Women Travelers

In predominantly Muslim countries such as Libya, Somalia and Egypt, women may be the target of violence if they don't obey certain social conventions, like avoiding sleeveless shirts or short skirts. Women should cover their heads if they are planning on visiting mosques or other religious destinations.

Testimonials

Please read the independent reviews from some of our customers that have
been on an adventure with ProStalk

Steve Bull

Mr and Mrs Bull 14 Broomfield road, Newhaw, surrey, KT15 3BL   Reference for Prostalk I have known Derick stocker the owner of Prostalk for a few years and had some good trips in the UK undertaking wild boar and Red deer shooting I arranged with Derick to take me on trip of a lifetime to Africa to hunt and what a trip. We hunted all the species that I had asked him to arrange trophies such as a 46inch sable 28inch water buck and lots more I would have to recommend Derick as we got a lot more out of our trip than we could ever have imagined. My wife Lynn shot her first ever springbok and our team and guides were very patient and fully committed to ever aspect of what we wanted out of our hunting.   As a first we landed on ProStalk to arrange my now wife and I to get married while on safari at sunset on the sand dunes of the Kalahari. I have to say that this was 110% and credit to them all that were involved for this task as normally geared up for the full hunting package they had to arrange and deal with a wedding as well as all the hunting. Well done to you all In summery I would recommend that you give this great outfit a try as they are fully committed to supply exactly what they say and lots more. I have to say I will in doubt be returning with Derick for another great trip for more conquests soon. Regards Steve and Lynn Bull

Emily Padfield

Emily Padfield On behalf of my partner Mark Warner and I - I would like to recommend Derek Stocker as a genuine, first class hunting tour operator. We met at the shooting show in February, and having decided on a trip to Africa we visited and spoke to a number of companies, we decided on Prostalk because of Derek's openness and honesty. We both travelled to South Africa for a cull package and can honestly say that it far exceeded any expectations we both had. He delivered everything he set out and so much more. Derek is an unassuming chap, but he knows both hunting in the U.K. and abroad, so can tailor trips to what individuals are looking for. We have met friends and had experiences that will remain with us forever, thanks to Derek setting up such a wonderful trip, with both fantastic,challenging hunting and great company. Truly the stuff dreams are made of (sorry for the corniness!).  So much so that we hope to join Derek on this German boar trip and again next year in SA. Mark would be happy to speak to anyone via phone (he's not into Facebook ?) to explain more.  Thanks again Derek and your team for such a wonderful and successful trip in May and look forward to seeing you soon.

Les Baker

My first trip to Africa and for it, I chose ProStalk Safari and I was not disappointed. Living in Wiltshire Derek the boss of ProStalk picked me up on his way to Heathrow. I was a bit concerned about getting my rifle, all my ammunition and my shotgun through, Heathrow, through Johannesburg and out at Kimberley, everything went smoothly. It was tedious as they checked the guns at every point and there is quite a lot of paperwork to complete but Derek guided us through all of it. The same on the way back. We were met at Kimberley by the Rob Klemp and looked after by Derek and Rob right through the trip. There is never a shortage of anything plenty to drink, eat and we entertained ourselves although, to be honest, the days were busy so it was good to get into bed each night. The accommodation is basic but clean and tidy, the food was great a good variation and some local delicacies just what a group of hunters want. So how was the hunting? Well, you will not be disappointed, I wanted to shoot Springbuck, Impala and Wart Hog I got to shoot all 3 and I added, Blesbuck, Kudu, Wildebeest, Steen Buck and Red Hartebeest as well. It was a management package I had booked but I was not disappointed with the animals I shot. You do cover a lot of ground and the vehicle is essential but I shot from foot as well as the vehicle. Adding to the excitement of the trip they took us Sand Grouse shooting twice, great little bird and we did well once we got into it with shooting 120 birds on our second outing with 4 guns. We also went out on 2 evenings lamping and shooting Spring Hare, which was great fun. Would I go again, yes, would I go again with ProStalk Safari, I am already booked in for next year.

Tony Charlton

Wild Boar, Guntersen, Germany 14th September – 20th September 2016-09-23 Although I have shot driven boar several times I have always flown to the location, this trip organised by Derek Stocker of Prostalk gave both me and a friend the opportunity to drive via the Hull Rotterdam overnight ferry followed by a 4 hour drive on the Autobhans through the Netherlands and Germany to Guntersen. The idea was to use high seats at night and possibly stalk early morning, there was also a chance of shooting during the maize harvest but due to a slight mix up we arrived too late to join in, pity because the rest of the party got 4 or 5 good boar.  Arrived at the gasthaus in the village and prepared to go out that evening, met our guide Thomas who sited us in good high towers near feeding areas, and with a near full moon rising the portents were encouraging. The intention was to sit out until about 2 am in the moonlight with the strict instruction not to shoot any sows and do not go looking for anything shot!  Shortly after 10pm I heard some noises in the bushes and in the gloom made out a dark shape moving around, as it came out into the moon light I could see it was a wild boar – male or female??? I was using my binoculars and a hand held thermal but struggled to identify the sex until it turned sideways and I could easily see the spinal crest, I quietly cocked the Blaser R93 and placed a 7mm Rem Mag 160 grain round into the beasts chest at about 35 yard range. The joys of night shooting – totally lost vision due to the flash and there was no boar in sight – did I miss? I didn’t think so but I followed instructions and did not go and look.  About an hour later another boar came under the high seat – same one? I pondered, slowly cocked the rifle again but as I manoeuvred in the tower to get a shot I made a small noise – end of feeding boar, boy was he quick to vanish.  Decided to call it a night around midnight and returned to the hotel for an inquest, we decided to have a short sleep and go out again at 4:30 for a stalk.  Off we went back up to a different part of the forest but had a fruitless trip, Thomas then decided to get his dog out and we returned to the high tower I had taken the shot from. About 25 yards past the possible shot site the dog found a single spot of blood, he quickly followed a trail into the undergrowth and 10 yards further on found the boar quite dead shot through the chest, some 70 yards from the tower. I would never have found it the previous night.  It weighed about 50 kgs and had what appeared to be a small set of tusks but I sawed the snout off anyway and took them home – turned out to be a respectable trophy when mounted. Nothing came in range for the rest of my trip although we heard and saw them at a distance and the turned up earth was fresh every day. Summary A good trip and compared to “driven” more relaxed and a lot less strenuous for the more mature, Thomas tries as hard as he can being extremely professional and has plenty of boar around in this area and I am keen to return and also to try the maize harvest experience. Off duty hours were spent either sleeping or visiting local gun shops and also on the Driven Boar Cinema Range about 10kms away – what an experience, almost as good as the real thing. It was great having the car as we could carry so much more gear and spare rifles etc.  Tony Charlton