There are so many factors to consider. But I say, if it will make you happy, bring it. Someone people have very nice cameras here in Botswana. It's just like anywhere else, you have to be smart with anything of value, but I look at it as no different than living in a city or somewhere else. You set rules with people and your stuff, or your house. I don't really take visitors at my house, only a few friends i have. So, no one really knows what I have here. Some people were concerned about using something like a kindle on a bus, just because it's an electronic. But, I would use my kindle on a bus in the states, and still just watch my surroundings and not leave it unattended. You are a little bit of a target being a foreigner, and people will assume you are rich because you are American, but mitigate and you should be fine. Get it insured and upload the photos to your computer or hard drive frequently so that if something does happen to it, at least you don't lose the photos. The camera could always be replaced.