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Hi all, I'm planning on going to Ethiopia / Eritrea / Djibouti for 6 weeks starting on July 1st. I've been to many North African countries and all over the subcontinent, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh...I've also been all over SE Asia....basically the point is I'm an experienced traveler.
I guess I'm wondering the culture shock level of arriving in Addis Ababa compared to the insanity of Delhi. Of course its hard to compare tho, but I'd be curious to know peoples' thoughts.
I'm also looking for some travel mates if anyone is interested...I'm 33, Male, Spanish / American and very easy going. Hope to hear from you all soon.
we'd like to make a wonderful journey through east africa and we want to be sure to make a good plan.
our idea is to begin the journey in madagascar in november, visit mozambique and then around mid december heading north hitting tanzania, uganda kenia, ethiopia, sudan and egypt, in about 4 months.
Our main question is:
-is the weather bearable in november in Madagascar/Mozambique? otherwise the alternative could be postpone the departure at the end of december starting from Egypt and heading south, and find ourselves in Mozambique around the end of march when the rainy season is over.
What do you think?
Any answer and extra advice would be very appreciated.
I will be working in Liberia for one month this coming summer, and would like to travel in the region for a month or maybe more afterwards.
1. Would it be releasable to travel from Monrovia back to Italy overland? Has anyone done something similar, and how long did it take?
2. What about travelling north through Guinea, Gambia etc, and coming back down through Mauritania, Mail, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin, and then back to Accra to fly back to Europe. Any ideas how long this would take, and whether or not it would be possible given the current situations in various countries in the region.
Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated.
Recommend anyone considering visiting Luxor at this time “avoid”. I have spent 4 months traveling through Jordan and Egypt and will continue on to the Sudan.
The hassle by the horse carriage drivers is harassment bordering on thuggery. It is hard to find one that is only a little honest. They will deliberately take you to the wrong places. To say nothing of the cheating and intimidation. Their latest tactic is to block the pavement and not let you pass, or blocking your walking path with their horse. Even if you negotiate a fair price at the start, their in no-way they are going to let you pay just that.
In Cairo I would hear the expression “Welcome to Egypt”. In Luxor as you walk away you will hear “Fuck Off”.
We are planning a trip South Africa and Victoria Falls. We have been quoted some prices that are more than our budget so we are thinking we would be better off touring Victoria Falls on our own. I am wondering when we land in Livingstone what kind of public transportation or cabs are available to get to our hotel. Can we hire local tour guides for the Falls instead of going through the hotels and are the restaurants easy to get to? We will be there two nights. Ideally we would spend a half day doing the falls and the other half day perhaps in Chobe National Park? All suggestions are welcome. If you have used a tour guide there previously and you were happy with them I would welcome the suggestions. Have you stayed in a nice lodge that was not ridiculously expensive that was safe, good food, nice atmosphere? It is hard to judge on line sometimes. We would rather not have to drop this v... more »
I'm flying in to Bole arriving at 00:15 in a day or two, I guess like a whole planeful of other Turkish Airlines passengers. Is there any problem getting into Addis in the early hours? I haven't fixed a place to stay yet, but I guess hotels must be used to an influx of new people from this flight every night? If I'm not being met, is there any issue with taxis when it gets late, either with availability or fares?
Thanks for any advice
I am a fifty-something women who plans to backpack around Morocco either this fall or next Spring by myself. I have purchased a Lonely Planet guide book and pursued this site. This is my first trip to Africa, although I have traveled rather extensively throughout the states, Europe and Asia.
I have a few questions to get started:
- Lonely Planet lays out a six-week self tour, starting in Tangier and completing in Tarfya. It covers the highlights plus of Morocco, what I can't figure out is where I should fly into and back from (USA From/to), can someone help me with that?
-Anyone out there like me or can share their experiences?
Thank you in advance!
Is there any relatively simple and inexpensive way to receive mobile calls in Ethiopia? I'm arriving for the first time in a couple of days and planned on bringing an old iPhone with me. I've seen a couple of posts about places to buy SIM cards, but I wanted to check how these work. Can I pIck up a local number that can be called normally from outside the country?
Thanks to all the previous posters here who have really inspired me to make this trip!
We are planning a 6-day budget camping safari around the 7th or 8th of July in Northern Tanzania and therefore we are looking for 2 or 3 people to join us to keep costs low. Off course it is also nice to meet new people, as this is one of the finest elements of travelling.
We've already collected a lot of information and inquiries of different safari tour operators and prices don't differ that much, but we actually do have our preference.
We are thinking of the following itinerary:
Day 1: Tarangire NP, overnight at public campsite
Day 2: Serengeti NP, overnight at public campsite
Day 3: Serengeti NP, overnight at public campsite
Day 4: Serengeti NP, overnight at public campsite
Day 5: Serengeti NP - Ngorongoro CA, overnight at public campsite at rim of the crater
Day 6: Ngorongoro CA
We want to spend most of the time in Serengeti (you probably know wh... more »
Hey, I'm flying into Marrakech, hoping to stay there 1 night then get to the beach asap. Does anyone know a nice quiet beach hut area and how to get there from Marrakech? Thanks guys :)
I am currently In London right now, and just about to board a plane to lisbon Portugal! I am spending three days in Lisbon and then plan on flying down to Marrakech but have been checking floghts and all seem to be around 300 and up.. Does anyone know a cheaper way of getting down there? Am willing to take buses and trains too!
It's our first time going into Botswana departing from Johannesburg on 4x4. I've already received a lot of help through this forum on possible itinerary suggestions and now that I have a good idea of what I want to see I would be really grateful if you could comment/make suggestions on my plans below. We will be taking camping gear with us and staying at camping grounds throughout the trip:
1. JHB to Lobatse
Am I right in saying this will take roughly 5 hrs to get to the border?
Does anyone know what time the border closes on a Saturday or Sunday?
2. Gaborone towards Central Kalahari
We want to 4x4 our way through the game reserve up towards the northern tip and eventually end up in Makgadikgadi. Can anyone recommend specific routes and campsites? Any problems/challenges you think we should be aware of?
3. Makgadi Pans and Moremi
We would like to explore... more »
Hi, I'm going backpacking in kenya and would like to now how to get from nairobi to lamu in the best and cheapest way? what bus or train i should take and possibly hostels to stay at, links is a big plus!
Am planning a trip end of this year.
Have heard that Tasilli du Hoggar is totally cllosed to tourist and the rest of the places are on high alert. Does anybody got any latest news to share?
My name is Fabrice and I will be in Bamako for a three months internship (from June 1 to August 31, 2012) with an NGO called SNV; therefore I am looking for a room to rent in the district of Badalabougou. I would be happy to move into an existing house-share or to team up with other people who are also looking to find a house/flat share. If you have any information regarding available accomodation in the area, please do let me know. Cheers :-)
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