Misconceptions about Africa to Get Rid Of Before Traveling To Kenya
Kenya and Africa as large has suffered a great numbers of lies about it which most people tend to believe is true . Africa consist of many countries and this countries have different ethnic group who differ in terrain ,time ,culture ,resources, etc though some countries have a number of similarities .The following are some of the misconceptions about Africa one should clear from his mind before giving a tour to Kenya.
IN AFRICA THERE IS NO CIVILIZATION
Most people call off their trips because they already have a mentality that there is no internet and electricity in most parts of Africa .No one will be willing to spend a day or two in a place which is dark and has no internet bearing in mind that we are in a digital world where internet is everything. This is not the case because almost 95 percent of this areas have internet, good communication waves ,water ,electricity and such. The key difference between the first world countries and most parts of Africa is the roads .Not every country in Africa have quality roads like the subways .Also the buildings .It is rare to find tall buildings in Africa as compared to those in the already developed countries .Just because you are in Africa however ,does not mean that you will lack the basic amenities and the luxurious ones.
THERE IS DANGER IN AFRICA
Yes ,some of the countries in Africa are not safe to travel to at this time ;but ,they are lees than 1percent of the total. Africa is not filled with wild animals roaming everywhere as is shown in movies and the media .In fact ,Africa is one of the best continents to lead in tourism because of its beautiful nature
AFRICAN LANGUAGE IS SWAHILI
There are less than ten countries in Africa who use Swahili as their National language. Africa has many tribes hence having a variety of languages .English is the most commonly used language in Africa.
IT IS EVER HOT IN AFRICA
Because Africa is an equatorial continent and due to some deserts which surrounds it ,people many people tend to believe that there are ever melting temperatures in the whole year .Climate in African depend on regions .In Kenya for instance ,the equator passes through but there are seasons when Kenya has very low temperatures like in the month of July. Temperatures go low upto 7 degrees in some parts like Nyandarua ,Limuru and Kinangop .However ,there are some places along the coast like Mombasa which are hot and has temperatures of up to 37 degrees.There is never a time in Africa when the weather is uniform. So it is advice for travellers enquire about the weather patterns of the place you want to visit .You will even find out that in some places you have to sleep in your hood and socks .
IT IS STRICT IN KENYA
Most people have this believe that it is in Africa where one is judged because of the way he or she looks .They believe that one has to dress accordingly and that it is a conservative place. People who come with tattoos and piercings believe that they will be looked down upon due to the religious nature of this continent. Come and experience it. Only a very few people will lecture you. Most of them will compliment you and your dress code .Here girls also wear mini everything at the clubs .It all depends with where you are going, that is ,if it is a rural area, you have to be decent but in towns you can bring whatever attire you have.
PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SAD
Media is the one that makes Africa look depressing and this makes it look like people are always sad. This is not true .In fact, some of the visitors have confirmed that British are kind of the saddest people so you can tell .Do not judge people. Most people here have something to aspire for ,are easy going and have warm hearts.
EVERYONE IS POOR
Most people in Africa are below poverty line in Africa so do not get me wrong but not everyone is broke. In UK as well there are many people who live below poverty line .Living in the west does not guarantee you a better life than those in Africa so stop being ridiculous.
PEOPLE ARE NOT EDUCATED
If you think that people here are not educated ,then how smart would they be if they were educated? Here you will meet people who will use words you have never heard of before. English is not Africa’s first language but am assuring you that their vocabularies are at the top notch to an extent that even those born and brought up in UK have difficulties in understanding some of the English words used.
EVERONE LIVE IN HUTS
This makes people who have visited African countries chuckle .Some of houses here are better than most of the houses you people live in .I agree that there are some who live there but it is because of their conservative nature of their tradition .More so ,if Africa was like Europe, what would you come to do in Africa ?Most countries in Africa like Kenya are developing rapidly. Come and pay a visit and you will not be disappointed.
PEOPLE WEAR LEOPARD SKINS
This is even ironical because killing wild animals is illegal and they are highly priced if there are. Most of British designs which are highly valued have stores displayed in Nairobi and other cities. This means that people do buy them. Then why should they be dressed in leopards skin when there are so many shops selling clothes.
PEOPLE FROM HERE LIVE ON TREES
In fact ,having heard those rumours and believed in them ,you will be shocked to know that this is where you will find eye catching real estates .There is high rise in apartments, gated communities and buildings which are built day in day out .There are also luxurious camps and gorgeous lodges for those who want to experience the best African experience.
THERE ARE LIONS ALL OVER THE STREETS
This is a misconception that has misled alot of people .There are no lions in the streets neither will you find them taking selfies together with people in Africa .Lions are exotic animals .Like in Kenya, wildlife thrives here because it is an open land but this does not mean they live with people. There are game reserves and national where this beautiful creatures dwell.
THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN AFRICA
In Kenya ,Communication Commission gave a report which shows that there are almost 30 million mobile phone subscribers .In 2009 Cencus ,Kenya has a population of around forty three million people .This shows that more than half of the population have cell phones ,bearing in mind That this population includes the infants. We have all types of phones ,from the lowly priced to the highly priced smart phones.
AFRICA IS RIDDEN BY CRIME
Crime happens everywhere so in Africa it is also there .Most tourist will help you know that not every individual is a criminal. The criminal in fact are in very small numbers .If you want to find friendly people ,come to Kenya and see for your self. They are not bandits hanging all around the highway and streets.
THERE ARE NO CARS, PEOPLE RUN EVERYWHERE
NO, People do not run all the way from their homes to places where they are supposed to be. There are very many means of transport especially road transport which is common .There are public means of transport ,motorbikes ,boats, trains and even luxurious vehicles .It all depends on what you want to use .There are also people who own private planes and jets .
EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE
For instance ,in Kenya we have a population of 43 million people and this are only the citizens because we also have expatriates and immigrants .You can not know each and every person in such a population .What happens is that we are very friendly to each other. We will say hello to those we come across with and make new friends in some cases .It does not mean we know them but it is by nature that we are sociable.
IN MUD HUTS IS WHERE PEOPLE LIVE
You will not like to miss the experience of finding a mud hut in the rural areas .Some are also made like in Bomas for tourist attraction .Some people live in highly raised apartment buildings ,brick homes and luxury villas.
PEOPLE ONLY EAT WILD HERBS AND ROOTS
In the whole word we can use wild herbs and some roots for they have health benefits .In Kenya there is a wide range of food where one has to choose from. There are classic recipes of our food to celebrate our heritage and this will make you want to come visit many times just to have this dishes .There are Nyama chomas, pilau, ugali with vegetables and many others. You can not starve your self when you visit because we have many restaurants which serve pizza.
AFRICA IS A COUNTRY
Africa is not a country but rather a continent which have around 54 countries which are independent .It is the second largest continent in the world and is vast .There is a population of more than 1 billion in Africa.
The above are just misconceptions which are very far from the truth .Those who came with them have never visited any of the African countries but they heard this misconceptions and believed in them .Africa at large is the best continent one can pay a visit. Come and see what we have here in Kenya and I assure you that you will not regret. Come visit with your family and you will see a difference in what you hear. Come prove yourself and you will find out that it is all wrong. We are not monkeys but people like you .You have red blood in your veins ,ours is also red.