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Hi- I am looking for some feedback on a family holiday with a family of four including two children 9 & 12. We have about 15 or so days to spend in August.

5 nights - Capetown
3 nights - Serondella Game lodge Kruger
3 nights- Kampama River lodge Kruger

I am wondering if we are spending too much time on safari and missing some other great sights of SA. While my girls love animals and wildlife, 6 hours of safari drives a day might be too much. Also wondering if 5 nights is too long in Capetown-…

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Dear Thorntree people, we recently drove through the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. One of Africa’s most mountainous countries, Lesotho does not fail to disappoint the overland traveller.

We found the country to be an absolute joy to overland – with some of the highest mountain passes in Africa, including the aptly named ‘God Help Me’ pass, each day of driving was full of stunning mountain scenery. And many of the passes are not yet tarred, adding 4×4 adventure to the mix.

The scenery isn’t the…

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I and my wife will Fez to Marrakech, rent a car. I found that the trip is a bit long, so we decided to stop and sleep in a town on the way, doubt is between El Jadida and Rabat.
suggestions:

  1. Did the El Jadida, Rabat stopping in for lunch. Sleep in El Jadida and the next day following the N7 road to Marrakesh (this road is good?);
  2. Go drive to Rabat, sleep, and then the next day to Marrakesh. In this case it is best to leave the car on arrival and the next day following train or return the…
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Hey people..I was there on December. As u may know most of the regions are not accessible..Travelling around is expensive after the changes on local currency. In the regions where access is allowed u need to declare the days of your visit in advance. Its important to have a good contact point down there. I would definitely suggest contacting Mehretab who is based in asmara ( mehretabb@gmail.com/29117131058). He is a really nice person with a lot of knowledge on everything u need to know…

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Hi fellow nomads
a family of four (2 ADULTS 2 TEENS) hiring a car around the FEZ or RABAT area and touring this region in August,
any ideas would be really appreciated
Regards
Fawzaat

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I intend to drive from Nouakchott to Bamako next January. Previously the Mali visa could be obtained at the border, but that is no longer the case, so I am goint to have to get my visa in advance.

I believe that there is a Mali Embassy in Nouakchott. Has anybody got a visa from there? How long did it take and how much does it cost? (I have a UK passport)

I could get one in London before I leave, but at 195 pounds, I am sure it must be cheaper in Africa.

Another option would be to get one in…

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Yes I know it isnt big but since we will bring a baby we would prefer the best location on the island. What beach on the west coast is the nicest one (except d'argent)? Is the "center" on the island La Passe? When I look for cheap guest houses most of them are around Anse Severe. Is that kind of off?

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Congo River travel

I'm a single woman hoping to travel by boat from Kinshasa to Mbandaka or Kisangani and back, this July. Does anybody have any experience with this route? In particular, I'm wondering if anybody knows the schedule for the newly-relaunched passenger boat ITB Kokolo? Or knows of any other groups (NGO or otherwise) making the trip? Advice welcome. Thanks so much!