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Travel In Africa: Where Should I Go?  
User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2880 times:

ive always loved africa. beautiful scenery, nice people (although all that AIDS and civil war is a bit unnerving...). soooo, ive been thinking since im gonna get a full ride to college (ERAU most likely), maybe a trip i can take will be to africa. Ive been thinking as a kind of rough outline, London to Ghana (via ghana intl airways), Ghana, to Kenya, and Kenya to South Africa. any ideas on this?

Cheers,
Kyle

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2876 times:

Kenya - never been, but I hear the Masai Mara is good, also the climb up Kilimanjaro (3 days hike).

Tanzania - go to Zanzibar if you can, beautiful island, pretty unspoilt, lots of history

Zambia - Vic Falls. Accessible from the Zambian side through Livingstone, probably better and safer these days than the Zimbabwean side (which is a shame, but there you go). If you are anywhere close to Southern Africa, you have to see Vic Falls - spectacular.

Botswana - Okavango Delta. Amazing game and beautiful wetland setting.

South Africa - The Western Cape generally, the winelands of Paarl, Stellenbosch, Franshoek - Capetown, Table Mountain, Robben Island, the peninsula. If it's the right season, try and get up to Namaqualand to see the wild flowers. The Garden Route down through George and Knysna, very pretty. KwaZulu Natal - the Drakensberg, Hluluwe, and La Lucia/Sodwana if you can get up that way. Mpumenlanga - the Kruger Park, the escarpment, Blyde River, the waterfalls.

Mozambique - Eenhaca or any of the other small offshore islands - amazing diving.

Namibia - Etosha game reserve, the Skeleton Coast (tricky to get to), Fish River Canyon


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 1):
Kenya - never been, but I hear the Masai Mara is good, also the climb up Kilimanjaro (3 days hike)

I've been to both Kenya and Tanzania. I must remind you that Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, not Kenya.

Kenya and Tanzania are nice but get out of Nairobi immediately after you land. It's a dangerous city for white people. And you can't just walk out of the lodges because there are dangerous animals everywhere so you are like trapped inside the lodge till you are going on a Safari again or till you are going to the next lodge, so two weeks is enough I concur.

My father has been to Ghana a few times now. He says that Ghana is a very safe country as the country has not been influenced by the western world very much. That means that it is safer to walk on the streets there. I'd still prefer to drive though.

[Edited 2006-10-04 23:10:28]

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 2):
I've been to both Kenya and Tanzania. I must remind you that Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, not Kenya

OK, my bad ! But you can see it from Kenya, so it's pretty close.


User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 1):
- amazing diving.

great! im a padi adv open water, so itll be good.

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 4):
great! im a padi adv open water, so itll be good.

You can dive at Sodwana as well, it is the only coral reef diveable in South Africa, it's the very end of the same reef that passes along the east coast of Africa from Lomu down past Zanzibar, the Comores and Mozambique.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 3):
OK, my bad ! But you can see it from Kenya, so it's pretty close.

True

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 5):

You can dive at Sodwana as well, it is the only coral reef diveable in South Africa, it's the very end of the same reef that passes along the east coast of Africa from Lomu down past Zanzibar, the Comores and Mozambique.

That's a good suggestion!
Be careful though that the guide doesn't have the "don't worry be happy" attitude if you know what I mean.

[Edited 2006-10-04 23:19:03]

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7957 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

Sansibar. People are tolerant and open and the scenery is simply beautiful.


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

If you want to go to Kenya, or Sansibar for that matter you might as well combine it with a week or two on the Seychelles. Beautiful islands! Many people do this and the Seychelles offer great diving opportunities as well

[Edited 2006-10-04 23:25:44]

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):
If you want to go to Kenya, or Sansibar for that matter you might as well combine it with a week or two on the Seychelles. Beautiful islands! Many people do this and the Seychelles offer great diving opportunities as well

The Seychelles are fabe beyond belief, out of this world, and if you have the time (and the money !) I heartily recommend them. But getting from the African mainland out to the Seychelles is not necessarily that easy and certainly not cheap.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

If you can make it to The Seychelles, you will not be disappointed. Personally, it's the most beautiful place on the planet that I've been.

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

The Seychelles is also the only place on Earth where you find coconuts shaped like the lower region of a woman  Wink



User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 11):
The Seychelles is also the only place on Earth where you find coconuts shaped like the lower region of a woman

The Seychelles entry/exit passport stamp is that exact shape too (tee hee) - can't wait to horrify some uptight CBP inspector with it  biggrin 


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 12):
The Seychelles entry/exit passport stamp is that exact shape too (tee hee) - can't wait to horrify some uptight CBP inspector with it

Awesome! I don't remember that. Must have been too young to think about that sort of thing back then

I was around 10 years old when I was there

[Edited 2006-10-05 16:46:29]

User currently offlineVC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Ghana is fine but for a really memorable vacation try flying British Airways (BMED) or Bellview from LHR to Freetown, Sierra Leone (FNA) or Astreus from LGW, and then Kenya Airways from Freetown to Nairobi (via lagos)

Freetown is a very dynamic 24 hour city and actually one of the safest in West Africa for tourists since the civil war ended in 2002. The beaches on the atlantic coast surrounding the western peninsula where Freetown is located are some of the most beautiful I have seen, true tropical paradise. There has been a lot of negative press especially during the war however watch this video at http://visitsierraleone.org/docs/cnbc.wmv to see the great progress made in the past few years. It is also relatively cheap and the local people are extremely friendly.


User currently offlineTPAflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

If your going to South Africa, Sun City is awesome, so is Cape Town and Durban.

User currently offlineOverlander From Ireland, joined Aug 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

Where ever you go in Africa you will certainly have a great experience.

Go without any prejudice and don't believe some of the rubbish you will hear or read.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 2):
Kenya and Tanzania are nice but get out of Nairobi immediately after you land. It's a dangerous city for white people.

As someone who has spent some time living and travelling around Africa (and several months in Nairobi), I can tell you I have never had any problems and I wish I was back there right now.

Have a great time where ever you decide to visit.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2746 times:

Quoting Overlander (Reply 16):

As someone who has spent some time living and travelling around Africa (and several months in Nairobi), I can tell you I have never had any problems and I wish I was back there right now.

We didn't have any problems either but you can always be unfortunate, and one of my class mates in elementary school had some grandparents who went to Kenya on a safari trip but were killed in Nairobi.

[Edited 2006-10-05 21:23:31]

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2712 times:
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Quoting Speedbird747BA (Thread starter):
although all that AIDS and civil war is a bit unnerving...).

Yeah you must watch out for the AIDS flies they can be deadly.



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 1):
also the climb up Kilimanjaro (3 days hike).

I think the climb up Kilimanjaro is more on the order of a week or so...



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 19):
I think the climb up Kilimanjaro is more on the order of a week or so...

Hmmm - if I did it, it would take several months (and a large crane).


User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

The Closest Ive been to Africa is when I was in Spain we took a ferrie ove to Morroco and Caught the Bus to Marakesh for a day. Great trip.

User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Stay away from Speedbirdie and you'll be fine...!


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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2407 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Quoting Usair320 (Reply 21):
The Closest Ive been to Africa is when I was in Spain we took a ferrie ove to Morroco and Caught the Bus to Marakesh for a day. Great trip.

So technically you have been to Africa  Smile

I went there as well but that was on a cruise. The ship stopped in Agadir, and we took a bus to Marrakech. I remember that you could get your teeth pulled out on the street at small stalls and without any anaesthetic.


User currently offlineOverlander From Ireland, joined Aug 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Here are a couple of links to companies that do trips in Africa. It should at least give you some ideas for places to visit or travel to and from :-

www.dragoman.com

www.exodus.co.uk



It is better to travel hopefully.............but, always be prepared for the worst!
25 Post contains images Cedars747 : I have been in Côte D'ivoire. -Abidjan is referred to as the "Paris of West Africa" because of its parks, broad boulevards, universities, exotic fash
26 JGPH1A : Yes, but isn't there a civil war going on there just at the moment. Best avoided, I would think.
27 Cedars747 : Yup ,but mainly in the north of the country Alex!!!
28 Usair320 : Yeah but not as Deep in as I would want to Go(Namibia). Although With just a ferrie and a bus I went through a complete culture change. and yes Marre
29 Post contains images Captaink : And that can happen in just about any place really, especially big cities. Still very sad though. Hmm Morocco is in North Africa.. I would really lik
30 AirPacific747 : Yes but you're naive if you think that Nairobi is as safe as London for example because it is not. Morocco is on the African continent, agree? Theref
31 Post contains images Captaink : Trust me I am not that naive ..
32 Post contains images AirPacific747 : No need to pointing it out then
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