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    Togo

    by georeiser Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    Togo:
    Visa: Visa on arrival when you cross the borders by land will be issued for 7 days stay. The price is 10000 CFA (15 USD). Beware that some immigration officers will ask for a dash bribe (1000-5000 CFA). Play stupid and tell them you don't understand, but be polite. They can make some hassle.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming in Lome. Prepaid local SIM cards are very cheap.
    ATM: Some ATM's in Lome.
    Recommended language: French.
    Infrastructure: Very poor.
    Friendliness by the people: Normal West-African behavior. Friendly, but very poor.
    Attention by Police/military: The police officers are very corrupt.
    Crime: Togo is said to be a dangerous country. Don't flash with your money. The poverty is extreme, so be aware of walking alone in the streets at night or at the beach. However I didn't have any problems.
    Rainy period: May, June and July. Then another from September to early October.
    Price level: One of the cheapest West-African countries. The price level is about the same as Ethiopia if you want to stay in basic hotels and eat African food. Transportation is very cheap.
    Airport departure tax: N/A.

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    Ghana

    by georeiser Updated Nov 7, 2010

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    Visa: Visa on arrival at Accra Airport is possible, but some strict rules apply. An invitation letter must have been sent to the immigration office at the airport 72 hours before you enter the country. The price for visa on arrival is 150 USD. You can not get visa on arrival when crossing the border at any other places. Ordinary tourist visa at the embassies costs 100 USD. The immigration officer decide how long you can stay. F.ex: my tourist visa was for 30 days, but the officer gave me 60 days stay.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming. Prepaid local SIM cards are very cheap.
    ATM: Many ATM's in the cities. Skimming and scam is a problem.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Very poor except some few places in the cities.
    Friendliness by the people: People are in general friendly and funny. But there are some agressive behavior towards tourists who flash with money, bargain too much or take pictures. Very loud voice production among Ghanesians.
    Attention by Police/military: The police are corrupt. Especially around the airport area and towards taxi/tro-tro drivers. Beware of the police post in the parking area 300 meters away from the airport arrivals.
    Crime: In general more safe than the neighboor countries, but the poverty in Ghana makes the country insecure in some places.
    Rainy period: June, July and August.
    Price level: Same pricelevel as f.ex Kenya. Hotel prices in Accra downtown/Osu are higher than the rest of the country, but you can live cheap if you want to stay at basic hotels and eat African food.
    Airport departure tax: N/A.

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    Benin

    by georeiser Updated Nov 7, 2010

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    Benin:
    Visa: Visa on arrival when you cross the borders by land will be issued for only 48 hours stay. There are some hassle to get the visa, and the process may take some time. This can be a problem if the bus have to wait for you at the border. The price is 12000 CFA (15 USD). Note that visa on arrival is not possible at the airport.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming. Prepaid local SIM cards are very cheap.
    ATM: Many ATM's in Cotonou. Skimming and scam can be a problem.
    Recommended language: French.
    Infrastructure: Very poor, but OK in the centre of Cotonou.
    Friendliness by the people: Friendly, but little bit pushy behavior. High class people in Cotonou.
    Attention by Police/military: The police are very corrupt. Roadblocks and bribes are the rule. Drivers must expect to pay 500-2000 CFA each time they are stopped by the police.
    Crime: Benin is said to be a dangerous country. Many people are poor, so be aware of walking alone in the streets at night or at the beach. However I didn't have any problems.
    Rainy period: Rainy season from May, June to July. Second smaller rainy season from September to early October.
    Price level: More expensive than Togo. The price level is about the same as Ghana.
    Airport departure tax: Airport tax is incl. in the air ticket. Nothing to pay at Cotonou airport.

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    Organizar el viaje / Travel organization

    by elpariente Updated Oct 13, 2010

    Favorite thing: Antes de ir estuvimos dándole muchas vueltas al tema de como organizar nuestro viaje , si ir por nuestra cuenta o si contar con el apoyo de alguna agencia que conociera Africa .
    Al final por diversos motivos tomamos la decisión de buscar ayuda de una agencia , pequeña , muy ágil , que conoce "in situ" perfectamente Africa y que nos permitió discutir con ellos para organizar y hacer el viaje que queríamos
    La experiencia fue francamente buena , por lo que la recomendamos
    La agencia es Cultura Africana ( www.cultura african.com ) y Javier es la persona que sueña con Africa y sabe como aconsejarte ( info@culturafricana.com )

    Fondest memory: Before going to Africa we were giving it much thought about how to organize our trip, if to go on our own or if to have the support of an agency who knows Africa.
    At the end for various reasons we decided to seek help from an agency, small, very agile, who knows "in situ" perfectly Africa and we discussed with them in order to organize and make the trip we wanted
    The experience was really good, so we recommend it
    The agency is African Culture (www.culturaafricana.com) and Javier is the person who dreams with Africa and knows how to advise (info@culturafricana.com)

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    Holiday communications

    by stewarth99 Updated Aug 17, 2010

    Favorite thing: I usually buy a holiday SIM card, or just an ordinary SIM card, they're cheap enough. Make sure you're mobile is unlocked so you can use any card, otherwise you'll be wasting money. Then you can charge your phone with as much credit as you want. When you leave give the SIM card to someone as a parting gift.

    Fondest memory: Twinkies. A pastry shop in Luxor. Well worth a visit, you'll gain 5 pounds just walking in and breathing in the scent of butter and the pastries.
    Having a local SIM enables me to deal with taxi drivers I know and hopefully will not rip me off too much.
    Jussef Suliem is an old rogue who has been taxiing tourists since he was a boy. Starting off with a donkey and graduating to his current cab. I used him sveral times on the West bank, Luxor, Egypt. Its useful, when trying to hire a cab, to be able to call someone you know, if the cabbies to hand are trying to overcharge. His number is 0196358499 if you are in Luxor.

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    Uganda

    by georeiser Updated Aug 11, 2010

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    Uganda:
    Visa: 50 USD for visa on arrival at the airport. You can stay up to 90 days.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming in the cities and the main roads.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Good in Entebbe and most areas of Kampala, else poor.
    Friendliness by the people: Happy and curious people, but some rude desires from locals who think all tourists are rich.
    Attention by Police/military: A lot of security guards, police and soldiers in the streets after the terror bombs in June 2010. They are checking your bags in the streets. Some suspiciousness and anxiety among them, but they are friendly towards tourists.
    Crime: No bad experience.
    Rainy period: March and April.
    Price level: A little bit cheaper than Kenya.
    Airport departure tax: Nothing.

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    Zambia

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Zambia:
    Visa: Visa at the border cost 50 USD for 30 days stay. Issuance takes 5 minutes if no queue.
    Mobil phone: Very good roaming in the cities and the main roads.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: OK in the cities. Poor in the countryside.
    Friendliness by the people: Friendly in the coutryside, not nice in Lusaka.
    Attention by Police/military: Many police barriers on the roads. Annoying.
    Crime: The downtown of Lusaka have many down-and-out residents and many people sleep in the streets. Petty theft are common.
    Rainy period:: October to April.
    Price level: Cheaper than Namibia and Botswana. Same price level as Tanzania.
    Airport departure tax: N/A.

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    Malawi

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Malawi:
    Visa: No visa. Free stay for 30 days. But a bit bothersome due too long handling.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming in the cities and the main roads.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Very poor. One of the poorest countries in Africa.
    Friendliness by the people: Friendly, but much begging.
    Attention by Police/military: Make sure to have a legal entry stamp in your passport. The police checks your passports. Many bothersome police barriers on the roads. It's quite annoying for the passengers to be stopped each half hour on the road.
    Crime: No bad experience.
    Rainy period:: October to April
    Price level: Cheaper than Zambia. The local food is cheap. Western food and luxory things are more expensive.
    Airport departure tax: 30 USD from LLW.

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    Zimbabwe

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Zimbabwe:
    Visa: Visa at the border cost 30 USD. Free entry for people under 18 years in companion with adults. Helpsome and co-operative border police. (Tourists from some countries f.ex Latin-America, have to pay 100 USD, and only allowed to stay for 3 days).
    Mobil phone: OK roaming in Vic Falls.
    ATM: No ATM's. Zimbabwe has no own currency.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: OK in Vic Falls.
    Friendliness by the people: Some annoying street sellers. Friendly against tourists.
    Attention by Police/military: The police are friendly against tourists in Vic Falls.
    Crime: Safe in Vic Falls.
    Rainy period:: November to April
    Price level: The country use US dollars. It's cheaper than Namibia and Botswana. Same price level as Zambia.
    Airport departure tax: N/A

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    Botswana

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Botswana:
    Visa: No visa for stay up to 90 days. Entering the country is a bit bothersome due too long handling.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming in Kasane.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Good around Chobe and Kasane.
    Friendliness by the people: The people are not too interested in foreigners. The attitude are more business alike. There are no begging in Botswana.
    Attention by Police/military: No bad experience except for suspicious and harsh immigration officers.
    Crime: Safe in the daytime.
    Rainy period:: October to March.
    Price level: Expensive for tourist activities.
    Airport departure tax: N/A.

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    Namibia

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Namibia:
    Visa: No visa. Free stay for 90 days. Many questions by the border police, and maybe some annoyance at the border if you are backpacking in Namibia.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming.
    ATM: Many ATM's, but some banks didn't take my visa card. Nedbank did and gives normal rate.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Good around Windhoek. Poor in Caprivi.
    Friendliness by the people: Very friendly in Caprivi region. Windhoek is different where people are mostly taken up with their own business.
    Attention by Police/military: No bad experience other than too many harsh questions by the border police.
    Crime: Safe in the daytime. Locals say it is more dangerous at night. I had no troubles when I was walking in the streets at nights in Windhoek.
    Rainy period:: Very dry country.
    Price level: More expensive than average in Windhoek. Caprivo region is cheaper. All tourist activities are very expensive. Prices are set by the Namibian tourist board.
    Airport departure tax: N/A.

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    South-Africa

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    South-Africa:
    Visa: No visa for stay up to 90 days. No money to pay.
    Mobil phone: Very good roaming.
    ATM: Yes, all over the country. It works very good and gives normal rate.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Very good.
    Friendliness by the people: Still suspiciousness/racism between black & white people. Very proud to be the host of Football World Cup in 2010.
    Attention by Police/military: No bad experience.
    Crime: Very high.
    Rainy period: Central parts: November, December, January and February.
    Price level: Cheaper than Europe. Safari and tourist activities are cheaper, but else a bit more expensive than other African countries.
    Airport departure tax: Nothing from JNB.

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    Swasiland

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Swasiland:
    Visa: No visa. Free entry.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming, but expensive.
    ATM: Yes, in the cities. It works and gives normal rate.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Manzini is OK and Mbabane is good.
    Friendliness by the people: Funny people. But some suspiciousness against white people.
    Attention by Police/military: No bad experience. But Swasiland is no democracy.
    Crime: Generally OK. Some theft.
    Rainy period: December, January and February.
    Price level: Cheap. Same as Mozambique.
    Airport departure tax: The country has no intl. airport.

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    Mozambique

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Mozambique:
    Visa: Visa at the airport takes 45 minutes. Costs 25 USD.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming, but expensive. Can also buy cheaper, prepaid SIM cards.
    ATM: Yes, in the cities. It works and gives the best rate.
    Recommended language: Portuguese.
    Infrastructure: OK in Maputo downtown and major roads. Very poor in the suburbs of Maputo.
    Friendliness by the people: Friendly, but modest.
    Attention by Police/military: Very corrupt. Mozambique is a oligarchy. Keep away from the Police and avoid discussions with wealthy people.
    Crime: Generally little crime by ordinary people. Safe in daytime, but avoid dark streets at nights. Many homeless persons sleep in the streets. Some theft and robberies have been reported.
    Rainy period: End of December, January, February and March.
    Price level: Cheap for most things except hotels.
    Airport departure tax: N/A.

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    Tanzania

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Tanzania:
    Visa: Visa at the airport takes 20 minutes. Costs 50 USD.
    Mobil phone: Good roaming, but expensive. Can also buy cheaper, prepaid SIM cards.
    ATM: Yes, in the cities. It works and gives normal rate.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Poor.
    Friendliness by the people: Friendly.
    Attention by Police/military: No bad experience.
    Crime: Generally little crime. Some theft against tourists.
    Rainy period: March, April and May.
    Price level: Same as Kenya. But safari and tourist activities are more expensive. White people usually pay more for the same service than Africans.
    Airport departure tax: 30 USD from ZNZ.

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