New to Africa
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2012 2:57 AM Last Post By: viaggero
Feb 22, 2012 10:25 AM
Feb 22, 2012 10:30 AM
1It would be helpful if you offered some indication of your interests and / or travel objectives.
Africa is a large, diverse continent, without some indication from you as to what you are interested in seeing and / or doing it's pretty tough to offer any useful suggestions.
Feb 22, 2012 12:12 PM
2Ok, that helps.
You mentioned nothing about animals or safaris so that indicates either Egypt or Morocco to me.
Egypt has the Red Sea or you could go to Alexandria and be on the Med. Both countries are famous for their markets and food.
I'll also mention that Egypt and Morocco are substantially more economical than the traditional safari destination countries like Kenya, Tanzania, etc.
South Africa could also interest you, but that's quite a bit farther away and possibly much more expensive to get to.
Feb 22, 2012 12:23 PM
3Two weeks, I would opt for Tanzania and Kenya. Try Amboseli with its herds of Elephant and the backdrop of Mt Kilamanjaro. Pretty spectacular.
You will be in Sub Saharan Africa too which takes away from the Arabic influence, except in Zanzibar.
The kids will love the animals, the beaches in either country or Zanzibar off the coast.
Nairobi also is an easy get to flight if you coming from India.
Feb 22, 2012 1:32 PM
Feb 22, 2012 1:34 PM
Feb 23, 2012 3:19 AM
6I disagree with #6: while air tickets are expensive, the costs of everything are a lot higher in Africa than in most other regions of the world. If your budget is limited and there is nothing specific to attract you to Africa, consider somewhere like Thailand / Malaysia / Indonesia, which would probably provide an equally satisfying holiday at lower cost (more satisfactory, because once there you would be able to afford more things and activities).
Feb 23, 2012 5:52 AM
7Thanks for all the suggestions. Morocco has always appealed though Zimbabwe sounds though it would be a wounderful place to visit. I will have to read more of the revelant sections.
Voyager mentioned the cost of Africa in comparision to Asia, how high is much higher? With six of us this is always a big factor, we are quiet happy to travel by bus/train and stay in cheep accomodation.
Feb 23, 2012 6:48 AM
8Sub-Sahara Africa is not a budget destination. That doesn't mean it has to be hugely expensive, but any way you cut it, it's more expensive than SEA and India. Safaris are not cheap and the fact that they attract mid-range and higher spending tourists drive up the costs of everything else.
Anytime I've seen people say they don't think Africa is expensive they admit they haven't traveled India and SEA.
I could live for a month in India on what I have to spend in four days in much of Africa for the same general amenities (the exception being north Africa which can be a more budget friendly area).
Feb 23, 2012 7:09 AM
Feb 23, 2012 7:15 AM
10Ok, but my intention was not to dissuade you from an African visit, only to help keep you from developing unreasonable expectations as to the costs involved in such a trip.
For what it's worth I'll go back to my original suggestion of Egypt. Egypt can rival India as far as budgets go, would offer the family an entirely new opportunity to see things unique in the world, has nice beaches and is easy to get around and stay in.
Feb 23, 2012 9:18 AM
11While India is a great and economical travel destination, there is a lot to be said for experiencing something different. Ethiopia is reasonably affordable once you are there; Southeast Asia is almost as affordable as India; other posters have praised Egypt (somewhere I have yet to visit...). So do keep your options open.
Feb 24, 2012 2:57 AM
You don't state where you are coming from which is important when working flight costs into the equation. Additionally, if you are in Europe, going by car/train/bus than ferry to Morocco is very doable which makes that a cheaper destination when compared with 6 tickets to Asia.
Although India is definitely cheaper (I've been to both), Ethiopia is definitely an inexpensive place to travel by US and European standards and there is much to see without having to pay safari prices. Even if you were to go down south to see the traditional tribes, you wouldn't pay per person but rather you'd rent the vehicle ($120-$150 per day on average) which wouldn't work out bad for a large family.
As for Morocco, even if you are flying there, it's in Africa and it offers a wealth of things to see and do without having to take expensive safaris, and from what I've been reading, it still is relatively cheap in comparison to many places in Africa.
So my best advice is to look into the cost of getting to X African country versus Asia, read about what you want to see in that country, then calculate daily costs and you might find it comparable pricing and therefore a very viable possibility.
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