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My fiance and I are in the beginning phases of planning our Africa trip we are looking to go this September. I really want to do Gorilla trekkin in Uganda or Rwanda, whichever is doable more quickly. We are from California and we get ridiculously short vacations. But I've read over and over that things in Africa take longer than usual, bus trips or anything really so..maybe this is impossible. I'm looking to do a gorilla AND chimp trek but I only find 5 day excurssions or longer. Anybody know of a way to do this in less days? Most people said they enjoyed their chimp experience at Bwindi and some said they saw chimps at Queen Eliz NP, I wonder if seeing chimps there is rare? Any input would really help.
I don't know how far or how many hrs it is inbetween these parks and other locations so I realize this may not be possible. OR if someone has been on a safari where they saw prima... more »
We will be travelling at the end of September from Francistown via Maun to Chobe (Savuti) - Ngoma Bridge to Kasane. On the way we will visit for a a few days Moremi NP and we would like to camp at Savuti and Ihaha campsites. Do we have to make reservations in advance ????
I plan to visit Kruger next week. And i saw in sanparks.org, conservation fee is about R192/person/day for foreigners.
My question is if i stay 2 nights inside kruger, how many days i must pay for conservation fee at the gate? 2 days or 3 days?
I have a few more questions, if anyone could help, please:
1) What is thought to be the best hospital to take a child to in Accra? If my daughter were to fall sick, where should I jump in a taxi and take her to? I will, of course, make sure all her vaccs are up to date and she will be taking paediatric malarone.
2) Which hotel has the best pool for children and lets outsiders pay to use it for a day? Do any have a water park type facility?
3) Are there any children's clubs or activities I could take her to while we are there?
Many thanks in advance.
I'm a first time overseas traveller planning a trip to Kenya this summer/fall. Volunteering in an East African refugee camp is something I've wanted to do for quite some time. I'm finding it quite difficult to find reliable information online regarding refugee camp volunteer placement and NGOs. It seems like (from what I've read) if you are trying to volunteer in a refugee camp like Kakuma or Dadaab you need expertise, such as medical training.
Here's a little information about me to help you guys out:
I'm a 22 year old Canadian male, just finishing up a bachelors degree in biochemistry. I've been working in the bioengineering field for the past two years. I have taught science/engineering to university undergraduates, grade school students, and grade school teachers. I have a lot of public speaking experience, grant writing experience, and teaching experience. I... more »
We would like to rent a car in Johannesburg and drive into Botswana, instead of flying directly to Gaborone. Is this doable? Are we going to get slapped with additional fees? Any know?
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Hi, a friend and I are scheduled to do a trek up Kilimanjaro with Zara tours. My friend is flying in the day before, and we have budgeted 7 days to do the trek. I'm deciding between the Shira route with one extra acclimatization day at Barranco, or the 7-day Lemosho route. Ideally I'd like to do the Lemosho route as it starts in the forest.
My understanding is that if we'd did a 7-day Lemosho route, we'd be spending more time getting started at lower altitudes. If we did the 7-day Shira route, we'd be spending that extra time higher up at Barranco. My friend will be flying in from sea-level and I've heard that Shira can be a little bit of a rough start since it starts higher. Does anybody have any thoughts as to which route we should take, balancing Lemosho's scenery with reducing our chances of AMS?
I'm heading to Djibouti for work and I'm planning to attach a few days to rest at Moucha island.
The only operator I was able to get in touch with is DJIBOUTI DIVERS, which offered me a price od 97 USD FB to share a double room with a/c and private bathroom located in a cabana on the beach, 132 USD if I require the single use. This price includes the shuttleboat from/to Kempinski Hotel.
Is there any cheaper option (apart from camping) in Moucha or in Maskali island?
I will be staying in Cape Town in April for 4 days.
I decided to stay in Gardens, since it seems to be a socialisable district for a single traveller.
Activities I plan to do is:
- Hiking the Table Mountain
- Go Surfing (Spot Recommendations?)
- Visit Waterfront
- Partying Long Street
- I heard of a neighbourhood market which is on Saturdays, has anyone an idea where exactly it is?
My main question is: do I need a rental car? From what I read on the forum public transportation is not really an option. Can anyone comment on the taxi prices? In the end it might be cheaper to rent a car. In this case I could also do the Chapmans Peak drive and Cape Point.
Thanks for any replies!
Hello, I just wondered whether anyone knows where we could store luggage cheaply for two weeks in central Cape Town?
I would leave them at a hostel, but feel it's a bit cheeky to ask for such a long duration if we're only spending a night or two there. Stor-Age charge R850 but I'm wondering if there's anywhere else we could consider (bearing in mind we won't have a car).
Also wanted to know if the Garden Route, Route 62 etc are well catered for backpacking non-drivers. We will be taking the Baz Bus, but will it be easy to get transport to/from destinations a bit further from their Cape Town-Port Elizabeth route? Particularly Storms River, where I read there isn't public transport to Nature's Valley or Storms River Mouth.
Thanks in advance if you're able to help!
can u please let me know the address of a good tour operator for gorilla tracking in rwanda.
my guide book recommends a nice trip from Terre Rouge to the Nicolière Mountains and to Pamplemousses by car, but I was wondering if it is possible to do this trip or a similar one by bus?
I am based in Trou aux Biches, I don't necessarily have to start from Terre Rouge, maybe there is a bus from Triolet to the mountains?
Thank you very much for your help!
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a company in which to join a safari tour?
I'm a volunteer in Arusha and the only one with the NGO and none of the local staff want to go on Safari.
I really only want to go on a weekend trip to see Ngorongoro but it is ridiculously pricey to book for just one and i'm struggling to find information on companies where you can just join a group.
Any help would be appreciated!
A few quick and specific questions on climbing Toubkal:
1. How challenging is an alpine start for a sunrise summit from Les Mouflons, descent to Imlil, and return to Marrakech in a day? I know this is how many people do it but my father who is not quite as fit as he used to be is accompanying me and I'm considering a second night at either Les Mouflons or Imlil. Also- and feedback on the North vs South trails to summit- worth experiencing both?
2. Can you recommend any specific day trips (other than Lac D'Infi) from either Les Moufflons or Imlil?
3. How interesting is the hike/trail from Asni to Imlil? Would it be a good warm-up hike or dull enough to skip?
4. Any recommendations for places (websites, shops in Marrakech or Imlil/Asni) to pick up a good trail map?
Looking to form or join a group to climb Kilimanjaro probably early October 2012. I'm thinking of the Lemosho route, although I could be persuaded and maybe a night at the crater. Also looking to do a safari afterwards for a few days. If anyone is interested, please post or leave a message. Alternatively, if anyone knows of any reliable companies (towards the budget end) with group treks at that time that I could join, I would appreciate the info.
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