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You'll find plenty of useful information about travelling to Africa here. We highly recommend that new users check out the Africa FAQ thread before posting a new thread as you may find many of the answers you seek there. It also has helpful information on how to search the forum and advice on how to post your questions. Returning users or Africa gurus, please help us keep the FAQ up-to-date by adding important information which is absent, or pointing out information which is no longer accurate.
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I was alerted to this post: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2325093
I've just spoken to his wife. He left us peacefully, but won't be forgotten easily. I had the honour to meet him & stayed with him & his wife for a few nights on my way back home from Botswana two years ago.
Anyone who didn't meet him missed out on meeting an incredible man!
Hoping to be in SA in a few months & have promised to catch up with his wife!
RIP Rudi, you'll be missed but never forgotten!
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does anyone know of any budget airlines that fly to Algeria? Especially, I'm looking for links between Algeria and
I've done research through booking engines that search Amadeus, Galileo etc. but I thought maybe there are any budget airlines (like AirArabia, Ryanair etc.) that can't be accessed through booking engines and that I'm not aware of.
Hello, my husband and I are travelling to Morocco for a week in July. We are flying into Casablanca on the 6th and heading straight to Marrakech.
We really wanted to go into the desert from Merzouga, but it sounds like it will be too hot and too far out of the way for our timing. Do people agree? We are also hoping to spend a couple of days in Fez. We will then head to Tangier and then spend our second week in Spain.
How much should we expect our trip to be affected by Ramadan?
Hi all am ebrima from d gambia very friendly country and save this time of d year is summer time the weather is very beautiful and is getting green.if any one is planing to come to gambia and senegal is not so difficult do all your arrangement before your arrival. so if any one is coming u can contact me at modousaidy11at hotmail.com.
I am going with one of my friends who has a ngo in Malawi. She is going to be donating it to another organization and needs to get her personal belongings from the orphanage. We are flying into Joburg and will be driving to Lake Malawi (Monkey Bay). We would like to drive through Botswana, the Caprivini in Namibia and into Zim and Zambia before entering Malawi. I've heard that that is all good except for getting into Malawi with a SA rental. First of all, what needs to be presented at the borders and is there a fee to "import" the vehicles? Secondly, is it true that we can't get into Malawi? I was told that last summer in Central America and we were able to make it happen by providing notarized copies of permission from the owner of the rental company. Will that work here? We are trying to book our tix asap so any advice would really help!! Thanks so much!!
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I read that Debre Sina Maryam is 3 hours boat ride from Bahir Dar. For those who've been there, I'm wondering if it's worth the extra effort compared to other monasteries closer to Bahir Dar?
If I go from Gorgora to Bahir Dar in one day, visiting Debre Sina Maryam and 1 or 2 monasteries on the way, is it easy to arrange a boat at Gorgora pier that morning?
How much is it going to cost roughly? Any email contact you can recommend for arranging the boat?
Any recent experience? likely cancellation and delays?
They fly direct from Asmara to Khartoum, saves me time flying to Cairo and connecting.
The website still shows schedules from 2011 and booking doesn't work. Anyone know how to buy a ticket?
Thanks very much
I was looking for a running race for any of these dates/areas:
8-12 August - Cape Town area
12-19 August anywhere near Drakensberg / Swaziland / Kruger/coast not too far from these.
I checked all the events on the runners website here: http://www.runnersworld.co.za/race-calendar/
I choose two and contacted the organisers. They kindly answered but the first one indicated that the race will take place the week after as advertised, the other said that the other race I picked got cancelled.
So I am now pretty desperate to find anything between 10-40 km for those dates above. Please let me know if you know about any race which actually will take place.
We are heading to Ghana at the start of July for one month.
We plan to travel along the following route:
Accra - Tema - Ada - Keta - Hoe - Hohoe - Nkwanta - Bimbilla - Yendi - Tamale - Bolgataga - Paga - Tuma - Wa - Mole - Wenchi - Sunyani - Kumasi - Takoradi - Elmina - Cape Coast - Accra
Although we have undergone our own research, I thought it may be helpful to us if I ask you all about your own experience’s travelling around Ghana and if you have any particular 'highlights' or 'must do's' that you would like to share.
We are in our twenties and pretty much into everything, from hiking, wildlife, history etc.
Please also feel free to post any general advice/tips about our intended route.
Thank you all in advance.
Mark and Laura
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Hi, I will be in Ethiopia between 1st and 18th July and am looking for people to travel with to Omo Valley and Simien Mountains, to share costs for guide and maybe for travel, and just for company. (I am thinking of going by bus, so I am not sure about sharing travel costs yet.)
I am also looking for advice on the Danakil Depression. The UK government advises against travel in that area, and the Lonely Planet guidebook says whatever you do, do not visit in summer. Have any of you visited in the summer, and what was your experience? It looks really beautiful and would be a shame to miss. I looked at the weather forecast for the next few days and it will be 40 degrees Celsius during much of the day. I have experienced around 38 degrees and with lots of water that can be handled.
Thanks for the replies to m initial question.
So, Marsabit to nth horr is impractical, and Maralal Baragoi rd may be prone to banditry. Will I have better chance using any of these routes:
Marsabit to Kargi to Sth Horr;
Loglogo or Laisamis to South Horr; or
Wamba to Parsaloi to Baragoi (hoping to avoid bandits)
Where would be the best town to ask for advice? (Or do I just give up?!)
Presently weighing up the options for masaai mara. Will renting a car and doing things ourselves (2 ppl) save us money or cost us more?
If we opt for a safari, should be book when we get to nairobi or book online before? Estimate it will be late july or early august. Any particular reccomendations for companies?
Does anyone knows if I can find a bicycle shop in KIGALI. ?
I just need a Carboard for packing my Bike.
We are two arriving Tanzania Dar Airport on early morning 22nd July 2013 and looking for partners to join Safari at Kilimanjero.
Hope to get positive replies
I am thinking to do trip in Mali in 11/2013. Starting in Ouagda in Burkina, than heading to Mali, Dogon country,Mopti, Djenne and after south to Bamako. From there back to Burkina.
Do you thing this is feasable regarding security questions ? I know it still 5 months to november and anything might happen but anybody is/was traveling in Mali during those days ?
I know some of the independent travel stuff is covered in previous threads, but I couldn't find the answer to my question. I am planning to head to Mada around Aug. 20 for 30 days with my girlfriend. We were going to book something organized, but several people have mentioned that independent travel is quite possible, and we could hire a driver/guide when necessary.
Firstly, I am wondering if this general sentiment is the same for most. The worst thing that could happen is we arrive in Tana and in 30 days see only a few things (much less than we would have with the tour) due to not having things booked in advance. Will we always be able to find (reasonably priced) accommodation?
Secondly, I am wondering about the domestic flights. Is it at all possible to book these the day of (or perhaps a day or 2 before)? And if so, are the prices that much higher? Just wondering ... more »
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