Six Funny Signs I Found in Africa

I’ve seen a lot of strange, unusual and downright odd sign around the world, but for some reason I saw more than normal while traveling through southern Africa. I realize that most of these signs are funny to me because I don’t live there, but that’s sort of the point. People who live in South Africa for example may be used to baboons, but most people around the world don’t have to fend them off during picnics. So with that in mind, here are some of the more quirky signs I saw in Africa.

Baboon sign South Africa

Found this sign near a winery just outside of Cape Town. Apparently baboons do not make for good picnic guests.

This sign was posted in Livingstone Airport in Zambia. An advertisement for a luggage wrapping service, it warns against people stealing rhinos from one’s luggage. “Where’s my rhino?!”

To be honest, the graphic here amuses me more than the message. Not only will they bite, but you’ll be fined too!

Talk about laid back immigration! This was posted on a fence near the Botswana/Namibia water border. My favorite part is the handwritten part underneath that says “This gate!”

Snake = Death, I get it. This sign makes me smile because it wasn’t posted in some out of the way spot. It was next to a walkway at a major tourist attraction in South Africa. Funny but scary.

More baboons! Who knew they were such a problem? I love these signs because you know the problem had to get really out of hand in order to elicit a series of public service signs.

What are some funny signs you’ve found on your travels?

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9 Responses

  1. Zara @ Backpack ME

    These are hilarious!
    Particularly the Botswana/Namibia border – oh, if only it was that easy everywhere! ;)

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  2. Michaela

    I love seeing signs from other countries. My fav is the Snake=Death sign. I bet it added a certain sense of adventure to attraction!

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  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Hahaha I love taking pics of funny signs around the world. The no rhinos in the luggage is the best I think.

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  4. Kashmiri

    The baboons really are dangerous – I personally witnessed one open a car door, get out a woman’s handbag & start rummaging through her bag for edibles!

    Not to mention that one grabbed a packet out of my hand at Cape Point!

    They’re more intimidating than you may think…

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  5. icoSnap

    Hi! Those signs are quite funny but true – I haven’t gone to africa but hopefully someday. By the way I’ve added you on my favorite links.

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  6. Camels & Chocolate

    Ha, I have taken a picture of these very signs multiple times, but I still think the penguin sign is my favorite! Dear Lord, I love South Africa.

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  7. Puerto Vallarta

    Those are some great ones. I lived in Africa for about eight years when I was younger and I wish I could show some of the pics I have. There are some things that you really only see in Africa. Oh and baboons can be a huge problem because they are so smart. In Zimbabwe they would find a way into our trash no matter how we tried to lock it up.

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  8. Cara Lopez Lee

    Great signs! My favorite Africa sign was one I once saw at Tanzania’s Lake Manyara: “Take no liberties with game animals.”

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