Planning a trip to western equatorial Africa
May 14, 2014 7:00 AM Subscribe
My niece is planning a trip to western equatorial Africa. We have several questions as she gets ready to go.
posted by crapples to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm asking this question for my niece who is planning a trip for later this spring. She writes the following:
In my perfect world, I'd fly into Ghana and travel by land through Togo, then through Benin, Nigeria, down through Cameroon, and finally Gabon. Questions:
- I've heard that it is possible to get land visas upon arrival at some of the borders in western Africa, is this true?
My other option is to just go to Gabon or Cameroon and acclimate there. As Gabon/Cameroon is the real goal of this trip, I want first hand knowledge of being a young, white, single, and female US traveler in these countries.
- Is one safer than the other? I'm not concerned with getting scammed, mugged, or pick-pocketed - I'm curious about more serious safety issues like rape and kidnapping.
- I know yellow fever vaccine is a requirement for this area -- but do I need to know about any other medical precautions?
Are there any other things experienced travelers to these places would like to point out to me?