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    Ethiopia

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Ethiopia:
    Visa: Visa at Bole Intl. airport in Addis Ababa takes 10 minutes. Costs 20 USD.
    Mobil phone: Good connection with foreign SIM cards from 2010.
    ATM: Some few ATM's inside the luxury hotels in Addis Ababa. It gives a normal rate.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Very poor.
    Friendliness by the people: Very friendly. Some begging.
    Attention by Police/military: Very polite and helpful. No corruption.
    Crime: Addis is a safe city. The central regions of Ethiopia is among the safest places in Africa. But some fraud against tourists.
    Rainy period: Addis Abeba: July, August and September.
    Price level: Very cheap for most things except hotels.
    Airport departure tax: Nothing from ADD.

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    Eritrea

    by georeiser Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Favorite thing: .
    Eritrea:
    Visa: Visa must be arranged at the embassies before you enter the country. No visa on arrival.
    Mobil phone: No roaming. Must have a residence to buy SIM cards (Not possible for tourists).
    ATM: No ATM in Eritrea.
    Recommended language: English.
    Infrastructure: Very poor on the countryside and surburbs of Asmara. OK in downtown Asmara.
    Friendliness by the people: The most polite people in the world. But the increasing poverty makes some more begging.
    Attention by Police/military: Very suspicious, but polite. No corruption. Eritrea is a dictatorship, so don't talk negative about the government. Do not take photos of the police/military/goverment buildings.
    Crime: Asmara is one of the safest places in the world.
    Rainy period: Asmara: July and August.
    Price level: The black market is a big industry in Asmara. Money exhange on the illegal black marked gives twice as good rate than the official rate. Then it's the cheapest country in East-Africa together with Ethiopia. If not the price level is the same as Namibia and Botswana. (Tips: You have to declare your money on a customs receipt when you enter the country. But write down less money than you really have. Keep the customs receipt. At the official exhange offices, change f.ex 100 USD and sign on the custom receipt. Then wait to change the rest of your money at the black market untill you trust somebody you can ask. F.ex. the guy behind the hotel recepcion or the owner of a shop in the downtown. Note that the customs at Asmara airport will ask you to show the custom receipt, and they will also see the money you have left).
    Airport departure tax: Nothing from Asmara (ASM).

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    Volunteering

    by sphynxxs Written Jun 10, 2010

    Favorite thing: Africa has a lot of problems, and the fight against poverty is only one of them. There seems to be an endless flow of young people who spend their gap year or some weeks volunteering, and some spend a lot of money just to get into a program, food and lodging as well as the travel to Africa coming on top of it. Volunteering is a business in Africa (and other parts of the world). Frankly, if you want to have an impact, it would make more sense to donate the money to a project you think works well and is effective, or donate for school materials (beware: very often even in cases of sponsorships for students in slums or rural areas headmasters or teacher keep part of the money or the whole sum. If you think of something like this, make sure someone you can really trust gets hand on the money) Alas, all the people pouring into Africa to volunteer want to "do" something, right? Maybe I get cynical after a number of years in Africa and coming across a lot of do-gooders who are convinced that they change something here. Just why are they all involved with kids and animals most of the time? Frankly, building wells and pit latrines will have a longer-lasting effect on the communities. Better yet, enable the communities to do something for themselves, instead of waiting for foreign aid. Reflect whether this is not more something you want to do to feel good about yourself.

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    Malaria information

    by georeiser Updated May 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: This tip apply for many of the African countries below Sahara. It is importantant to take anti-malaria tablets before, during and some days after your visit.

    Insect repellent body spray and mosquito nets covering your bed at night is a good idea. I took one Doxycyclin tablet each day and didn't experienced any illness during my trips.

    There are differences on the countries, vegetation, dry/wet seasons, wind and high/low altitude. F.ex, there are no mosquitos in Windhoek Namibia, but more mosquitos in Malawi.

    Symptoms of malaria is fever, chills, sweating, weakness, aches and pains, abdomial pains, diarrhea and vomiting. If you feel some of these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible.

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    Malaria

    by tonyabc Written Jan 8, 2010

    Favorite thing: My advice is go anywhere and keep going back. I agree with the need for anti-malaria tablets because it can be a killer. I came across this site which says which tablets are needed doctorfox.co.uk/anti-malaria-tablets/

    Fondest memory: I lived and worked in rural kenya 30 years ago when I was 20. I miss the anarchy and my youth.

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    RETURN OF THE MAP !

    by DAO Updated Oct 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: When I arrived in Windhoek, Nambia by car I travelled from Botswana on paved roads. I bought this map, the only road map of - and in - Namibia. A few miles outside of Windhoek the ‘road’ ended and I began to travel on dirt, rocks, gravel, sand, and salt for the 800 miles. This map was a life saver. I fuelled up in places only on the map when I could see no road signs. That’s not the cool bit.

    I took the map home to England. Then member ‘Travelchili’ from Estonia needed to borrow it to plan. So I posted it to Estonia and she took it back to Namibia! Wait! Member ‘grlmopz’ from California, USA needed the map. It was sent from Estonia to the USA and arrived just a few days before he went to Namibia. So the map returns home again! Then it went back to the USA and now it is with me back in England.

    This map really gets around!

    Anyone going to Namibia?

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    malaria prophylaxis - yes or no?

    by sphynxxs Written Oct 7, 2009

    Favorite thing: most people I know who are staying for more than 3-6 months in a malaria-risk area do not take medicine as the damage to your kidneys and liver over a long term can be considerable. If you go through areas where malaria is endemic, you should some stand by medicine though. If you take no medicine, of course you should make yourself familiar with the symptoms which might indicate malaria and take a test as soon as you have fever or develop other symptoms. Tests are available in pharmacies and easy to handle. As I do not take medicine either I am rather extra cautious than end up with untreated malaria. You should also be careful especially at the times during dusk when the likelihood to be bitten is at its height. Use repellent, sleep under a mosquito net. There is always a remaining risk, but then, even medicine won´t help you if a virus has built resistance against it

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    ALL YOU CAN EAT KUDU - FOR MEAT LOVERS

    by DAO Updated Jun 29, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Now this is a Braai! While I was staying at the Thakadu Bush Camp in Ghanzi Botswana, Chris the owner shot a Kudu. Then the staff prepared the largest animal I have ever seen on a spit. It took all day and into the evening with a huge open fire, but the result was magnificent. The meal was served with different accompanying dishes, but meat was the centrepiece. Because there was so much meat, it was all you could eat! At one point I found myself with a huge knife cutting off hunks of tender fillet meat from the centre while it was still over the fire. A few mouthfuls of that and an ice cold Castle Lager – absolute Heaven!

    THE FINISH ! CHRIS THE OWNER
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    SHONGOLOLO !

    by DAO Updated May 7, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Within minutes of arriving in Botswana I was confronted with this terrifying huge man-eating monster. Scared me to death! Then a South Africa guy behind me said “Shongololo” and braved death to pick it up and put it outside. Actually this is just a very gentle African giant millipede. Absolutely harmelss and kind of cuddly once you get over their size. Shongololo comes from the Zulu and Xhosa word ‘ukushonga’ which means 'to roll up'. Please don’t step on them! Just pick them up genty and place them out of the way.

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    EASY REMEDY FOR DIAOREAH

    by windcity Written Mar 23, 2009

    Favorite thing: EASY REMEDY FOR DIAOREAH
    I have a remedy which I picked up in Pakistan.
    Eat nothing in the morning, Grate or fine chop an apple and leave it in the fresh air until it goes brown (cover it to keep the flies off) eat this for lunch, before you finish it you will feel full and the pectin produced when the apple goes brown will bind your stomach...It works every time for me. Drink plenty boiled or bottled water

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    You want to travel to East Africa then try this!!!

    by edward1984 Written Oct 9, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I would like to recommend to travelers who are heading out towards, East African countries, looking for a safari try hook up with this company Elephant Adventures Tours,they have cheap and affordable prices than any other company, around East Africa visit their site http://www.elephantadventurestours.com

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    The Maghreb

    by Wafro Written Oct 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: “place of sunset” or “western” in Arabic. The Maghreb is a region situated in North Africa. The Arab states of North Africa established the Arab Maghreb Union. Its members are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania. But the term is applied to all of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, the three countries between the high ranges of the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The Maghreb is divided into a Mediterranean climate region in the north, and the arid Sahara to the south. The Magreb's variations in elevation, rainfall, temperature, and soils give rise to distinct communities of plants and animals.

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  • Lamu is a must go when in Kenya

    by kahuki Written Sep 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: http://www.magicalafrica.net/lamu_island_kenya.htm

    Fondest memory: The laid back attitude by the islands residents and the most fine and white sandy beach ever. This enchanting Kenya Island is commonly referred to as the world’s sleepy village, probably the oldest African living town. Lamu has retained its charm and character built over centuries and most recently declared by the United Nations as a world heritage site.

    The Portuguese invaded Lamu in the 1500s and Kenya only became independent in 1963 and until the 19th century slave trade, timber and spice export was Lamu’s economic pillar, now tourism plays a huge role. The beauty of Lamu is that there are presently no cars in the island, every man owns a donkey, the one without is commonly referred to as one.

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    RECEIVING MY AFRICAN NAME

    by DAO Updated Sep 3, 2008

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    Favorite thing:
    When I travelled across South Africa I was ‘adopted’ by 2 fantastic families who shared their home and food with me and made me feel like a family member. I also received a great honour – I was given my African name. This is done when local people get a chance to know you and like you. My name? My name is JABULANI. It is a Zulu word that means happiness. I love my African name. Every time I have the opportunity to travel to this fantastic continent I feel at home.

    (There is even a charity called Jabulani ).

    NOW I AM JABULANI MY FRIEND SIPHO ��� MEANING GIFT
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    NO STUPID LOUD MUSIC OUT OF YOUR CAR

    by DAO Written Aug 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I found this fantastic sign in Kang, Botswana at the main fuel point. How many times has someone driven past you in a car with music suicidally loud? The worst part being that it always seems to be really bad music played by complete idiots who just look stupid. Why do they feel the need to PROVE how stupid they are? Well, not here mister! Turn it down and roll up the car windows!

    Every town in the world should have this sign.

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