Just on your sons adventure, sounds brilliant! I would have thought it would be much safer for him in Alaska than Africa with the so many wars going on there and other massive problems. We dont have big bears in Australia so Im not sure the actual likelihood in Alaska that your son would be dealing with bears but Im sure he would have less likelihood of bear problem than extremely dangerous human created situations in Africa!
Oh dear...........how wrong can you be?
I lived in Australia for 10 years, and have visited countless times since, including driving around in the remotest parts of the outback, and way up north (Kimberlies, Bungle Bungles etc......), and can tell you that travelling in Australia is many, many times more dangerous than travelling in Africa. If something goes wrong when you're out on, say the Tanami track, or the Strzelecki track, or on your way up to Cape York, you're on your own. Nobody is going to come to help you........you're getting yourself out or you're toast. In Africa, the place is crammed full of the friendliest, happiest most helpful people on the planet, and you will be helped.
What wars are you talking about in Africa? I would avoid the border between the two Sudans, CAR, Northern DRC, Somalia and adjacent borders, the coast of Libya, and the northern Sahel. Travellers don't tend to go anywhere near these places anyway.
My 23 year old daughter has just come back from having the time of her life alone in Africa for 10 months, and other than her getting to the aeroplane in Jo'berg, we never worried about her for a minute. Don't believe nonsensical old sterotypes!!
Weren't we talking about snakes?
Edited by MikeG, 30 January 2012 - 06:52 AM.