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Hi All, I will be attending a technical conference May 8-9-10--2012 at Dar es Salam and will stay another 2 weeks ++ if needed. I read few Topics in here that were very informative. Thank you contributors. I have some experience with Africa but not this part of the continent. I will be staying all month of May and am just by myself. Few Questions:
1- Any suggestions with a first hand experience with a guesthouse in Dar es Salaam, that you would recommend. Ideally not too noisy and offering tourist information services about the city, and country.
2- I read that all safari trips start in Arusha. Is there an Overland transportation from Dar es Salam to Arusha? Or any travelling packages which include an overland trip and visits from Dar a Salaam to Arusha and enjoy the scenery, and ending in a 4-5 days safari trip?
3- Once in Arusha, How I could combine a Kilimandjaro experience( ... more »
I would love to visit Ethiopia and see a few other countries while riding the rails.
Edited by: cozytoes
My first time on the forum, so patience may be required.
I just returned from a month in Tanzania (Feb. 21 - Mar. 18th), traveling with 3 women friends. It was an amazing adventure.
Our trip included volunteering, visiting friends in Arusha, a 6 day safari out of Arusha, traveling by bus to Lushoto, then on to Dar and our last few days were spent in Zanzibar. 3 of us are retired teachers and experienced travelers, but this was our first time in Africa.
I did lots of research before choosing a safari company. It paid off! Roy Safaris in Arusha ($1480 a piece for 4 persons for 5 nights and 6 days) provided an excellent personalized trip with a handpicked guide and an itinerary that ticked off all our dream boxes. Salvatory (Tory) was our superb guide whose experience and knowledge of birds suited the needs of the wildlife biologist in our group. He also showed the utmost profe... more »
Has anyone got recent updates about Rwenzori Circuits ?
Is Central Circuit still operated only by Rwenzori Mountaneering Services (RMS) ?
Due to bad reputation of RMS, for our trip in early September we are considering the Kilembe trail (operated by RTS, Rwenzori Trekking Services), but we are not sure of our choice.
Are there big differences between the two routes both in terms of landscapes and of conditions (paths, huts, mud, steepness,..) ?
Consider that we are not interested in summit climbing, so we are planning a 4/5 days hike below 4000m.
Any feedback and personal experiences concerning RTS and RMS would be appreciated
Thank you everybody in advance
I'm starting a trip in late May to start in Kenya and go around Lake Victoria. Here is my tentative plan with the major stops:
Arrive in Nairobi (Kenya) by plane
Side trip to Juba? (South Sudan)
back to Nairobi to fly out
I would like to fit in a short trek through the DRC and therefore ask for help where to fit it in. I thought about making a 1-2 day trip from Bujumbura to Uvira, Is that possible? A trip from Kigali to Goma seems possible as well.
But in order to save time by avoiding backtracking to cities where I've already been I thought of the following two options:
1. from Bujumbura to Uvira, then travel within DRC to Goma and then from Goma into Rwanda to Kigali.
2. from Kigali to Goma, then travel from there into Uganda (without entering Rwanda again) and onward to Kampala.
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My wife and I are teachers and have taught English in China for two years and in Europe for a year. We are now planning to look for teaching positions in Casablanca. We are also searching through the Internet. We are interested in half-time positions, so as to have some time to explore as well. Any leads or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thank you.
In about 3 months I am about to finish volunteer work in Uganda. To get back to Britain. Me and 2 others are planning going back over land through Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt and then into Europe.
I would like to know if there is any danger in getting to Ethiopia from Kenya by road. I have had a look on the foreign commonwealth website and the road is said to be safe. I would just like talk to some people who have done it before (and survived ha) as I have heard it is labelled 'The Road to Hell'. If anyone can tell me the best way about going about this deathly journey I would be very grateful.
Also if you have any other info (places to see, how to get through, how long it will take to traverse each country) on the countries I have mentioned that would be great as well.
I'm a student volunteer in Uganda at the moment and have been in the country for about 7 months now. 4 of my fellow volunteers are planning on going to Zambia in the Easter hols (starting 20th April) We would head into Rwanda and from there attempt to travel to Lake Tanganyika and catch a ferry down to Zambia. I was wonder if anyone could tell me what the situation is with visas for Zambia. Do we have to acquire them before the boat? Or can we buy them at the port or boarder?
In addition, would anyone be able to help me with the best ferry to catch for this particular journey and the times of said ferry.
Any help would be most appreciated (I know there was a lot of questions)
I'm volunteering at a hospital these past few weeks and looking forward to exploring Zim for twelve days from March 30th. Small World backpackers hostel near Avondale seemed clean and cheap ($14 for a nice dorm room) in Harare, but I'm looking for info on bus transpo and budget accomadation for Masvingo, Bulawayo and Hwenge.
1) I've heard the Pathfinder bus is great to go from Bulawayo to Vic Falls and plan to take it back via Hwenge to Harare, but does anyone know if it runs everyday between these places and if so the times for departure? The Bradt book I bought is fairly useless and LP hasn't put a new Zim book out for years (and this used to be my bible travelling before)
2) Are there good buses to Masvingo from Harare, and on a Saturday?
3)Are the Great Zim ruins open to visitors on Sunday and do I need to make arrangements beforehand?
4) any budget accomad... more »
We ´re thinking about using the Tanzam (TAZARA) railway as a connection in late 2012, and would love to have any information from anyone who has travelled on it recently.
Myself and my partner are doing a tour with STA Travel over 10 days from Livingstone - Windhoek and are hoping to visit cape town for 3 days afterwards.
We havent boked flights yet so i am thinking we should fly into Johannesburg and out of cape town (from London)?
Does anyone know how we can get from::
Johannesburg - Livingstone
Windhoek - Capetown
I have looked at internal flights but they are showing as over £400 each for each leg!!!
I was wondering if you can get trains & buses or organise transfers? We dont really want to drive ourselves.
Any help much appreciated.
I got my visa at Luxor airport or $15. I showed the Visa to the hotel manage and he would see how long I would stay in Egypt. LP mentioned that visa length was 40 days. I asked an officer in the airport wherether it was one month Visa and he said 'Yes'.
Do anyone know what is the maximum number of day I can stay for my visa? ( I have Canadian passport)
The current LP of Madagascar is printed in 2008. When will there be a new print? Will there be a new print?
Hoping to go to CAR in June this year and I live in Shanghai, where getting a CAR visa is expensive beyond belief - about $500 a pop! I hear there is a possibility to get one on arrival with some preliminary stuff taken care of ahead of time. I hold a US passport and would like to know if anyone knows about alternatives to biting the major visa bullet here china!
Looking around the internet I found this PDF which lists requirements for obtaining a CI visa:
There are numerous links within the text that take you to other websites including payment and visa application options, specificaly via this Snedai site.
I wonder what peoples experiences are with this Snedai payment option? Very efficient? I, along with 7 others, will be applying for the CI tourist visa later this year, in London. Anybody have any experience of getting the visa there recently?
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