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I am planning to hike in the Simien Mountains (5 days / 4 nights) with the trek beginning morning of Dec 15. I'm traveling solo. Anyone already doing this who would welcome me to their group? Or would like to form a group?
I'm having trouble discerning how I am supposed to book train fare from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam. Does anyone know the correct website, e-mail, and/or phone number contacts to book fare?
Thank you so much!
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Can't believe he's gone, he was out of the public eye for so long
He's given us all a legacy that should never be forgotten, even whilst travelling!
Rest in perfect peace Tata Madiba!!!
I'll be spending 4-5 days in Uganda in early March. I would like to do a 2-3 day safari, leaving from and returning to Kampala or Entebbe. Are two-day/overnight safaris leaving from and returning to Kampala or Entebbe doable, or do you need three days to get sufficiently far enough out into the countryside? Any advice would be very helpful.
I unfortunately have only a limited window to spend time in Ethiopia: February 23-March 4 (10 days). In that time, I'd like to do a Simien trek and visit Lalibela. I would greatly appreciate any advice on the feasibility of the following itinerary (particularly whether the transition day flights/overland trips -- days 2 and 6 below -- make sense):
Day 1: Arrive in Addis, early morning
Day 2: Fly to Gondar in the morning, overland to Simien National Park
Day 3: Simien trek
Day 4: Simien trek
Day 5: Simien trek
Day 6: Overland from Simien to Gondar, fly from Gondar to Lalibela
Day 7: Lalibela
Day 8: Lalibela
Day 9: Fly from Lalibela to Addis
Day 10: Addis
What is the latest advice about booking domestic flights in Ethiopia; specifically, whether one should do this well in advance from abroad?
I've heard two conflicting things: one, that it is much cheaper to book domestic flights while in Ethiopia than from outside. But the other is that domestic flights get booked up and one should book well in advance, whcih for me would mean from outside Ethiopia.
I just paid $400 (seems outrageous) for a roundtrip Addis Ababa-Dire Dawa. Now I'm wondering if I should be booking in advance for the Northern Highlands as well. One saving grade is that the cancellation fee is only $15 for this "semi-flex" ticket (only thing available).
Thanks for any help. Will be first time in Ethiopia.
Hello, I'm planning to pay a short visit to Cote d'Ivoire end of this year. I'd like to pick a place by the sea, that's why I was considering Grand Bassam. Otherwise Assinie, though it's much further away from the airport.
Any tips for the accommodation? Something next to the beach, with wifi connection, centrally located, where you can easily walk to bars and restaurants
I would like to trek in the Simien mountains for 5 days/4 nights
I am travelling solo and I am not too tight on budget, the most important thing for me being the reputation of the agency.
For the moment I have received a quote from an agency for $886 (1 person solo) which sounds quite a lot. What do you think? Any good agency/guide to recommend?
We now faced dilemma with choosing park to see in 23-27 December
We going to fly to Kigale 14 December and travel in Uganda for 8-9 days (hopefully Bwindy, Quinn Elizabeth and Entebb or Jinja and after going to Kenia there I want to stay at Naivasha for one day at least.
Our contact strongly recommend us to see Samburu and Masai Mara.
But seems like we will not be able to spend a week for it. My girlfriend flight back 3 January and we going to spend couple days at sea.
I interested to see predators and big hordes of buffaloes. Is it possible to see in Masai Mara this time?
So question is which park to choose keeping in mind that for that moment we will already see some parks in Uganda. Is seeng both this parks this time is a must or we can choose one of parks withour real regrets?
And if we can do only one park which to choose?
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Im from Uruguay and I would like to visit Madagascar, the problem is that there is no embassy here or in Buenos Aires (the closest one I think is in Brasilia, and that is hours flying).
I have heard that is possible to get a 30 days visa at the airport in Antananarivo upon arrival for 30 euros or about..
Has somebody got a visa at the airport there? applies that to all nationalities or is restricted to certain nationalities?
would be great if u could help me with this.
thank you so much
Myself and my girlfriend are experienced backpackers looking for a 2 week break in mid-april 2014. We were wondering if Malawi would be suitable, after reading some inspiring stuff about the country. The other country we were considering was Sri Lanka and at the moment it's a coin toss between the two. Any opinions on Malawi would be greatly received. Is it a good time of year to visit? Can we cover enough of the country in 2 weeks?
I am an experienced winter walker & trekker recently returned from trekking in Nepal & have climbed Mont Blanc but would love to climb Toubkal between 21 to 27 Jan 2014.
I have read a few guide books perhaps the best is the trailblazer guide by Alan Palmer who suggests using local guides!
Any suggestions ?
I was thinking of going straight from the airport to Imelil to acclimatise & search for a good local English speaking qualified mountain guide!
I don't mind joining a small party of like minded climbers or going alone!
I realise that snow is very likely - I am currently working abroad & may need to hire some crampons locally
Any recommendation tips or suggestions will be much appreciated!
Looking for a travel companion in Kenya from October 2014 through November 2014. I have maternal relatives in Nakuru, however hope to span my time across as much of Kenya as I possibly can. Definitely want to spend time in Mombasa, being scuba certified I also hope to get a dive or two in. Otherwise I'm fairly open to frolicking. DEFINITELY open to venturing into other countries if time allows (Tanzania, Zanzibar would be grand). I will be in Switzerland from August through September 2014 hanging out with the paternal side of my fam as well. If you wish to join, feel free!!
What's the least expensive transportation from the airport to town for a group of 15? Our hotel does not provide airport transfers.
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