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Going to Cairo en route to India. I have 12 hour layover there, and want to get to the city as fast as possible from the airport.
Is Bluecab the fastest way to get from the airport to Citadel? They quoted me 180 EL, with a stop in Ibn Tulun. Is this excessive? Will there be a driver waiting for me with my name on a placcard?
Or, will I have better luck with the regular taxis? Do most of them understand some english, such as names of key tourist spots? How much for a regular taxi from airport to Citadel?
Finally, how is safety now in Cairo. Looking forward to going there!
I'll be travelling from Marrakech to Fez and plan to spend a couple of days in Fez before heading to Chefchaouen.
What's the easiest way to reach Chefchaeoen from Fez? Someone told me it's a 2 hour journey by bus but it looked much further than 2 hours when I checked a map!
Please advise! :)
Can anyone tell me, what is the cheapest way to cross the straight of Gibraltar from either Tangier or Ceuta to Tarifa or Algeciras...or any other alternative? Can tickets be bought online and what is the best price?
Ok I'm quite vague at the moment but have a notion of going to Kenya and down to S Africa come this Feb 2014 for about 4 weeks (approx)
Have been looking at overland safaris/groups and there's so many!!
Am on a budget of course, but could anyone direct me to a reasonable, recommended company? (I've looked at loads but would love some first hand recommendations, the prices and offers are all so varied)
PM if need be!
I'll be visiting Abidjan this weekend. I understand that there was once a nightlife area on Princess Road but that the bars were torn down. Is there any nightlife there now? Were the bars rebuilt? What are the best current nightspots or nightlife areas in Abidjan that would be reasonably safe for a solo Westerner to visit? Thanks.
I've seen quite a few posts about travelling to Somaliland and there are common questions/dilemas etc. Just to give you a brief overview and some advice.
Somaliland - is one of the most friendly places, the locals are always welcoming and relaxed and tourists are a pleasant site.
There are two ways to enter the country. The most common is from Addis to Somaliland by road to experience the Ethiopian highlands and the wildlife. When you reach Somaliland you will reach Wajalee Town on the border. You can get a visa from Addis(easier) or Wajalee. You can ask the Somaliland Mission in London on the visa process in Addis. http://www.somaliland-mission.com/ . Once you enter Wajalee you can get a shared taxi or hire a 4x4 but my advice is to take a shared taxi/bus it is safer. The drive to Hargeisa is around 1hr the road is not that smooth but the scenery will distract you ... more »
I plan to go from Addis to Hargeisa after Jan 6. Then for 2 days to Berbera and back, then from Hargeisa overland to Djibouti, stopping in Zeila overnight if possible.
In Hargeisa I read about hotels Oriental, Safari, Hadwanaag. Any recommandation which place would be best to organize a reasonably(!) priced escort and a car? Is a SPU guard really necessary? The security situation asks for it, or just a regulation? If I decide to travel alone by shared taxi, the police can turn me back on a check point?
Any advice for an acommodation in Berbera and Zeila?
Shared taxis to Djibouti will pass via Zeila or they avoid this place? Same restriction concerning SPU escort on the road to Djibouti?
Reading previous thread I see there are not many travellers in Hargeisa to join together and share the cost.. Anyone is planning a trip to Berbera around Jan 7 - 14 ??
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I am looking for two people that will join me on the looooooooooong trip from Nairobi to Addis. I hope we will manage in 3 days: 15.12. early in the morning we will leave nairobi and most likely reach Marsabit (if we get into isiolo early enough). next day we will make it to the border and maybe through the border and on the following we will go to addis. I am an experienced driver and I will make everything possible to ensure a secure arrival to addis. 2 seats available! Please call me on my Kenyan phone to arrange: +254 70 837 387 5.
It is one of the most beautiful trips and I would love some company apart from good music ;)
Hello! Has anybody traveled overland from the Lakes region of Rwanda to Kigoma via Burundi recently? If so, can you tell me if you felt safe, where you crossed and how much time it took? Thanks!
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In the spring I will be going on a research trip to Nairobi of up to 2 months and I'm interested in finding out about accommodation for that length of time.
Ideally it would be close to the National Archives (on Moi Avenue, near the Hilton Hotel I believe), as this is where I will be conducting research. A private room rather than a shared dorm would be best I will need to be doing work in the evenings.
Many thanks for any help and recommendations anyone can give.
There is a lot of controversy stirring at the moment about Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa's new 'Shanty Town' accommodation, which sits within a private game reserve near Bloemfontein (http://www.emoya.co.za/p23/accommodation/shanty-town-for-a-unique-accommodation-experience-in-bloemfontein.html).
Their website states that it gives visitors the opportunity to "experience staying in a Shanty within the safe environment of a private game reserve." Complete with underfloor heating and WiFi, it also features bathrooms with showers and outdoor "long-drop effect" toilets. The website goes on to say that the Shanty Town "is ideal for team building, braais, fancy theme parties and an experience of a lifetime"
I (Dutch, well traveled) want to do an 8 day safari to Lake Turkana on either 10 or 17 January, for the animals but also for the amazing tribes in remote Northern Kenya.
I contacted a number of safari companies that advertise Lake Turkana trips, but they all needed at least 4 people to get a group going. For example:
If you're also interested in doing a safari to Lake Turkana on those dates (or if you already have a group that I can join), please let me know. more »
I'm planning to trek the classical 4 day route in the Simian Mountains January 14th-17th and am looking for others to share the journey and costs. I've had a couple of quotes from recommended outfits and the itinerary is along the following lines:
Day 1- Gondar. drive to Simien Mountains National Park, drive to Bauit- Ras/3000m/ about 125 kms, 3 hours and trek to Sankaber/3250m/ about 2-3 hours and camping Sankaber.
Day 2- trek to Geeh/3580m/ about 5-6 hours and camping Geech.
Day 3. Trek to Chenke /3620m/ via immetgogo/3926/ and Inateye Mountains/4070/ by the following the whole escarpments and camping Chenke.
Day 4. Early walk around Chenke, drive back to Gondar.
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My husband and I (early 30's) are looking for others to join us on a safari with BaseCamp starting on the morning of January 4th and ending at the end of the day on January 9th. We plan on visiting Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti (2 nights), and Ngorongoro Crater. We would love to have 1-2 more people join us to cut down on costs. Please email me if you are interested in joining us.
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So I am unfortunately on a bit of a tight schedule in February 2014, and will have about 10-14 days to spend in Ethiopia. I plan on a few days in Addis, a few days in Lalibela, and being a trekker, plan on spending 5-6 days trekking through Simien National Park, and some surrounding areas. I've just started looking into other places/treks to check out in the north, and am interested to see if there are other treks, towns, regions in the northern area that I should not miss, i.e. Lake Tana, Mekele, Gambela, etc. If anyone is able to give some advice to a traveler heading to Ethiopia for the first time some advice on what not to miss, I would greatly appreciate your input.
Thank you so much for you thoughts and opinions.
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