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We’re putting out this question to our network of friends and colleagues as well, but I’ve been impressed by the knowledge and experience in the forum so hope some of you would like to play along with the, “what’s your favorite” game.
My husband and I are employed as consultants and have the great luck of being able to live anywhere and we’d like to move back to Africa. We’re looking for an Anglophone country that is relatively safe and not overly modern with a moderate climate. We’re outdoorsy, love to hike –particularly mountains- and swim (sea or somewhat freshwater, makes no real difference).
We’ll live in the capital and value the occasional piece of green space, whether it be rice paddy or park and much prefer an elevated, even hilly, city that isn’t too hot. Although we do appreciate a tasty meal and lively pint now and again, we tend to make our own fun so bars and resto... more »
I'm thinking of spending 5-6 days in Morocco in May/June flying into Marrakech. I would like to experience the city, then go see the dunes and spend a night at an oasis and then head to Essaouira (or nearby) to surf. Can anyone give some tips on finding good places to stay and if it's possible to do this on a sort of direct route from Marrakech to the coast? Any tips are appreciated. Thanks.
It seems that Wade has conceded defeat in the second & final round of the elections in Senegal
Apparently he rang Macky to wish him the best as it seems to be his landslide victory
Good news for the region if Wade is walking away from his opposition, just to see Mali, Guinea Bissau & Guinea to work themselves out
I am from London and looking to go to Cape Town for three months either from October this year or January next year. I have already got a placement in Cape Town and so do not want to go through a volunteering agency, however I really want to meet other volunteers/travelers/locals whilst I am there so am stuck on what I should do for accommodation etc?! I would like to get a similar experience out of doing a volunteering agency project and as I'm only just finishing university I am up for having a social time and really making the most out of this trip! I've done this placement before but only for two weeks, and stayed in Obs, I really liked it there but having talked to people about it they've advised me not to stay there if i'm going for a long period of time? I don't know what people's opinions are on Observatory? Or any other places in Cape Town? Also I'm going to have to tra... more »
I've done a few searches on this topic (using a variety of words, but perhaps not the right ones), and haven't found anything so far, so I thought I'd ask.
When I did the Inca Trail a few years ago, I left my large backpack at the hostel, and only brought my daypack with me for the trek. In general, is there anything similar for Mt. Kili? I'm obviously not going to need everything I'm bringing with me for the rest of the trip.
on my stopover in Cairo I would like to get a taxi from the airport to the pyramids.
does anybody have an idea about the cost? and the time it will take?
thanx for your help
My wife and I are planning to take a trip in May, and would like to visit somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. The only place I have been already in Africa is Egypt.
We are looking for a place that is warm, has beautiful landscapes, and has an interesting culture to experience. We have a lot of travelling experience in South and Central America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We don't join organized tours when we travel, and instead prefer to rent a car and discover as much as we can on our own. We have experience driving in about ten different countries, and have an international permit.
We also like to do everything we can to find quieter areas that are not frequented as often by tourists. And, even in terms of the countries we like to visit, the more underdeveloped, and different from what we have seen before, the happier we are.
I know very little about ... more »
Our filming experience in Ethiopia,
I wanted to thank everyone for all the amazing assistance in Ethiopia during the filming of our documentary. As Ethiopia allows foreign TV documentary, Films, Advertisements, Music Videos and TV series to be videotaped in Ethiopia. Our project covered different areas in Ethiopia including the Babile, Harar, Danakil depression, the Simiens mountains, Tigray churches and Lalibela among others.
Our process have started from the embassy with visa application. The Ethiopian embassy in Vienna issued business visas for all of the crew members and also wrote a letter to the Ministry of foreign affairs for us. The customs permits were issued immediately from the Government Communication Affairs Office; it took only 15 minutes for the permit letter to be issued. Very friendly staff members at the office, The letter helped in clearing all of our equipme... more »
Just wondering if anyone could suggest a nice place to stay in Harar? Will be there for 2 nights mid-April.
Also, we have heard it's advisable to get a very early bus from Addis to Harar. Should we just fork out the extra and fly or is there nice scenery on the journey?
Many thanks. This forum is great and I promise to post up any good advice I have at the end of my trip.
I'm planing on travelling Madagascar on may for three weeks.
The plan is to see the following places:
- Baobab avenue (near morondova)
- Tsingy national park
I have two questions about berenty:
1. I have read that it takes 2-3 days ride from toliara to taolagnaro (fort duphin). Is it possible driving from Isalo directly to taolagnaro/berenty without going through Toliara? Is that way shorter?
2. Is Berenty park and taolagnaro worth the time of driving/flying there and back? or maybe it's better to spend this time in other places?
and last thing, is anyone knows how can get the flight schedule of air Madagascar domestic flights?
WHO reports that "From 1 January to 11 March, outbreaks of meningococcal disease has been reported in 15 districts in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana."
And, WHO says
Meningococcal Disease: situation in the African Meningitis Belt
In addition, there is a news report that
Amuru District, where the epidemic is spreading fast, ha...
You all have been so helpful, I have a final safari question for you. We are on a tight schedule and budget, so we are going to do a 5 day, 4 night safari. We are going in mid-August. We initially were going to spend a day at Lake Manyara, 2 days in the Ngorongoro crater and 2 days in Tangarire. Since the Serengeti is so far away, we were going to skip it, but some are saying we would regret it and I have read 2 days is too much at Ngorongoro because of so many tourists. Any itinerary suggestions would be greatly appreciated from those who have been there.
Many thanks (again),
I'm planning a trip to Luxor and Aswan in April and would like to hear any advice you might have regarding the cheapest way to do it. I live in Cairo and hold a residence visa but the friend joining me on this trip doesn't.
I'd like to do the sites in and around Luxor, a few nights travelling on the Nile to Aswan and then a night or 2 around Aswan.
I've had a quote from a company that's offering 4 days / 3 nights on a cruiser but this is over budget. I've also read about the feluccas, going south to north, and if anyone has any up-to-date info about these I would appreciate it.
I’ll copy the itinerary that the tour company sent me on to the bottom of this so you get an idea of what’s being offered by people in Cairo at the moment. Hope someone gets some help from it!!
Many thanks in advance and happy travels to you all!!
Package price per person:
Per person in do... more »
I am very new to Lonely Planet and I haven't done too much traveling. This summer, I am backpacking with a good friend of mine (who is an experienced traveler), and we are planning to head to Morocco for about five days. I am in charge of organizing Morocco, and I would love some advice and/or help!
We are getting into Marrakesh on June 15 and planning on staying until the 20th or 21st. Ideally, we would like to travel Marrakesh, Casablanca, Meknes, Fez, Chef, Tangier, and depart from Tangier.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what places we should or shouldn't leave out? I know it is many places to squeeze into a short 5 days, but we are trying to see as much as possible, while also not rushing too much.
Also, if anyone knows of good (safe and inexpensive) hostels at these locations or recommended buses/transportation, that would be so helpful! We are both fem... more »
Hello Thorn Tree-ers
Need suggestions/feasability advice on drive from Jhb to north Kruger over two days.
We fly into Jhb from Namibia, arriving at 10:00 am. We then have about 48 hours (more or less) before we want to arrive at Punda Maria.
We plan to rent a car and drive. It doesn't look like there's much of interest along the major highway that heads northeast, so we were thinking of going due east and then going north through the Blyde Canyon area.
Where would be a good destination for our first night, where we would be well positioned to do the scenic canyon drive the next day?
I'd love suggestions of specific hotels/inns/lodges, if you have them.
Any must-sees (in your personal opinion--I know what the guidebooks say) as we travel through the canyon area?
Where would be a good place to stay on the second night? We don't need to be right on the doorstep ... more »
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