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Old 08-22-2016, 10:37 AM
 
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When traveling to Africa from the U.S. what do you do about food safety? Do people eat local foods or westernized foods? What about bottled drinking water? I would love to go to Africa some day. If you have gone, please share your experience with this. Please and Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:44 AM
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Hello,

When traveling to Africa from the U.S. what do you do about food safety? Do people eat local foods or westernized foods? What about bottled drinking water? I would love to go to Africa some day. If you have gone, please share your experience with this. Please and Thanks in advance!
There are 50+ countries in Africa.


Op I would suggest you specify which one's you want to know about.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:49 AM
 
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There are 50+ countries in Africa.


Op I would suggest you specify which one's you want to know about.
Exactly. My goodness.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:03 AM
 
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There are 50+ countries in Africa.


Op I would suggest you specify which one's you want to know about.
Just so you know, I'm well aware that there are many African countries. not really sure what country. Maybe some place in Ghana.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:04 AM
 
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Exactly. My goodness.
Right my goodness...
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:37 AM
 
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Just so you know, I'm well aware that there are many African countries. not really sure what country. Maybe some place in Ghana.
That's probably a better starting point than saying "Africa"
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:38 PM
 
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Hello,

When traveling to Africa from the U.S. what do you do about food safety? Do people eat local foods or westernized foods? What about bottled drinking water? I would love to go to Africa some day. If you have gone, please share your experience with this. Please and Thanks in advance!
Agree what other saying. Saying "what's it like in Africa" is only slightly more defined than saying "what's it like on planet earth". Slightly...
Travelers like you would probably stay at a westernized hotel and go on westernized tour groups. In those cases you will drink bottled, canned and bottled soda or beer, or treated water and eat safe food. Westernized hotels will usually have there own treated tap water filters and the hotel resteraunts will usually be safe. Other travelers going off the beaten path will simply drink bottled water and eat well-cooked meats and pealable fruit and packaged foods - generally the same guards you take in any developing countries as you would find in Asia and South America (based on your question, I don't see you ever doing that). But again - when you say Africa - some countries like South Africa and Egypt, and even some regional areas in Ghana, have well developed logistics where you can pop into a mall and eat at a resteraunt somewhat similar to a suburban mall in the US, some don't.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:18 AM
 
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There are 50+ countries in Africa.


Op I would suggest you specify which one's you want to know about.
This.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:23 AM
 
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I worked in the world's poorest country, Malawi, for 6 months (for a gender empowerment NGO). I really loved my stay there. It's a beautiful little country. Regarding food and water - I always bought bottled water. I had some European colleagues who said that they had drank the tap water and it was fine, but even in America, I and my family always drink bottled water. Regarding the food - a lot of countries in Africa are heavily westernized. Malawi is no exception. Going to restaurants or fast food joints in Malawi wasn't all that different to the kind of food you get in the western world.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:58 AM
 
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Oh and I should add - the water routinely gets cut off in Malawi. This is a much smaller problem in industrial or wealthy areas. It's sad, because the poorest areas contain the most people, but they are the ones who suffer the most. Some "ghettos" go 2 months without running water. In the towns, there's a water system. In villages they use wells for water.
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