Africa Tourist Traps

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    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
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    by lotharscheer

Africa Tourist Traps

  • Camels

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    don't ever pose in front of camels around the giza necropolis area as eventhough you are not riding them and you are just in front of them and taking pictures, the camel herders wil pester you, rather aggressively to pay them for the picture! they will ask 40 LE (about 5 US Dollars) as payment, even though they are not the ones who took the shot...

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  • General Warning

    Marrakesh Tourist Traps

    The saying that "the wider the smile, the sharper the knife" is to an extent true. On my way to the Merdesa, a young local claiming to study Economics at university offered to lead me but instead guided me to the tannery. Though interesting as well, the tannery was a trap really as after he passed me on to another man who explained the process of...

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  • V&A Waterfront

    Cape Town Tourist Traps

    I am a local and can assure you one can spend a day at this " trap" and it could cost as little as US$10Fairly reasonable entertainment but of course. A very good thing to do is spend a few hours at the aquqrium which is also right and really superior. The V&A is a copy of the South Street Sea port in NY but as it is newer it is vastly superior....

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  • Papyrus

    Hurghada Tourist Traps

    Buying Papyrus by Saladinos Description: When going to most touristic sites you will be followed and surrounded by lots of men offering you to buy their original papyrus papers. It is not an original papyrus they are liers. At Least Do This: If he is offering you a papyrus as an original one tell him No this is not Original and that you are the...

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  • taxis and transport

    Alexandria Tourist Traps

    Taxi is the prime means of transport. These are atleast 15 years old cars for which I cant recognize the make honestly. English is very alien to everyone in Egypt. Best is to ask the hotel price of trip to any place by taxi. Only pay that much if you are predeciding the fare with the driver. Another trick is to just sit in the taxi and speak your...

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  • scams

    Luxor Tourist Traps

    In our way back from the Valley of Kings, we stopped in a stone factory with some appealing statues in its front, where we bought a wonderful head in lapis-lazuli (not cheap). As a reward, the owner offered my kids two neckless of small beads, also in lapis-lazuli - he said and... it seemed. They had it on when diving in the pool, back to the...

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  • Old Medina

    Casablanca Tourist Traps

    If you are a tourist, they will seek you out, follow you and try to be your guide or cut you a deal. I never knew I had so many friends! The medina is worth an afternoon of wandering if you can handle tight spaces, crowds and saying "no" a lot. Have fun looking and browsing, but beware and try not to respond to any offers. If you ever say...

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  • Money/Prices

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    Be careful when buying small stone carvings and papyrus. They will always tell you that those are authentic but most of the items they sell in cairo are fake ones. They are not real stones and definitely not real papyrus..so try to pay the price for a replica.

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  • Water Sellers / Beggars / Intrusive...

    Marrakesh Tourist Traps

    The water sellers are men dressed in very colourful suits, with big hats and lots of coppers cups hanging on their chest. They are supposed to sell water from their letter deposits, but their main purpose is to have a typical picture for the tourists. They will call you with the sound of theirs cups and will try to take your attention. They will...

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  • old city ruins- Roman Theatre

    Alexandria Tourist Traps

    Over 30 years of excavation have uncovered many Roman remains including this well-preserved theatre with galleries, sections of mosaic-flooring, and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. In Ptolemaic times, this area was the Park of Pan and a pleasure garden. The theater at one point may had been roofed over to serve as an Odeon for musical...

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  • Papyrus

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    I was on a visit to cairo (egypt) in the month of october 2012. I was residing in the hotel semiramish. One fine morning I walked few steps away from my hotel and a young guy aged around 18-20 yrs came to me and started greeting me. Welcome to Cairo my brother etc. He was able to speak english and told me that he is a history art student. I asked...

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  • Places/ Buildings to avoid

    Marrakesh Tourist Traps

    This was the restaurant in which I had my fall but that is not the reason I am suggesting that it is a tourist trap. Even if I had not been in pain during our meal here I would still have regarded it as a rip-off. We had booked on the recommendation of Katy, the owner of our hotel, and it’s our own fault that we didn’t ask her for more details...

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  • Weather in Alexandria

    Alexandria Tourist Traps

    the trap would be the timing of the visit ...don't try to visit ALEXNDRIA in summer..it's very busy and i mean it..moreover the mentality of the egyptian that visit alexnadria to spend the summer vacation is very low.

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  • Hawkers and hassle

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    Having just got back from 2 weeks in Egypt (Sharm, Cairo and Alexandria) and not normally a reviewer of my trips but thought it was really necessary to advise about the Giza Pyramids as it was by far the most stressful day of our trip and almost not worth the hassle, and we spent a total of 6 days in the Cairo area. I had read about and felt clued...

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  • Do not get lost!

    Marrakesh Tourist Traps

    If you get lost in the souks trying to find that particular cafe or one of the many sights nestled within the narrow alleyways and a friendly face offers you directions they will expect to be paid for their kindness. Keep hold of your coins, they come in handy.

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  • Camera/Video Tax

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    It is currently FORBIDDEN to take a camera inside the Egyptian Museum. You must leave your camera at a booth just inside the gate. This is at odds with some of the information posted here previously so I can only assume that the rules have changed at some stage. Photography in the garden area where there are some exhibits is not a problem.

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  • Local Traditions

    Marrakesh Tourist Traps

    On a trip out of Marrakesh to Essaouria we went through an area which is home to goats that climb trees (allegedly). A goat may well have climbed an argan tree in the past in order to eat the fruit or even escape from some perceived threat, but the tree-climbing goats are now so famous, they have no need to go to the effort of actually climbing....

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  • Transportation

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    If you travel to Egypt without the aid of Tour group leaving the airport terminal you will be approached by cab drivers offering you a ride anywhere in Cairo. Cab Drivers inside the terminal assume you will just want any cab due to the fact that you are tired after your long flight, and you just want to get to your hotel room. Egypt can be just as...

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  • Health

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    As for staying healthy, don't drink the tap water in Cairo -- even at the best hotels. It's also a good idea to avoid raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit and street food. Finally, always have change on hand. Baksheesh is the word for tipping -- and it is a way of life there. Expect to tip toilet attendants 1 L.E or, possibly, be denied use of the...

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  • THE STREET TAILORS

    All across Africa you will see the street tailor. Often just a man with a small table and a sewing machine. Often a very old sewing machine. These guys are amazingly talented. You will see sellers in the markets selling bolts of cloth. These folks can turn them into dresses, trousers, shirts, you name it. They can create anything - including...

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  • Walking with lions - if you want to help...

    There are a number of offers (especially in Southern Africa) to walk with lions. Very often, it is sold as a unique wildlife experience and alleged that the money earned with tourists (or volunteers) is meant for conversation or to re-introduce lions or cheetahs into the wild. The animals people "walk" with were raised in captivity, often are bred...

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  • THE SHOE KEEPERS

    This story was originally about visiting Lalibela in Ethiopia. However, taking shoes off and discovering a shoe keeper when you leave a church is very common in Ethiopia. You may find similar situations in oter places as its a 'job' that puts rice on a family's table.So here is the story!It’s great. You have to take your shoes off to enter the...

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  • MY GRANDFATHER’S BRACELET

    You are looking at pictures of an idiot. This guy hangs around the Bungee Jumping station on the bridge between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia at Victoria Falls. He will show you a small cloth with a few copper coloured bracelets inside. He will go on to explain that he has hand-made them as his dearly departed Grandfather taught him as a...

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  • Petting wild animals

    There are several places in Africa where you can PET wild animals. Sitting on the bag of a hippo, together on the photo with a lion, stroking a crocodile you can’t imagine what they do to attract tourists to give them the perfect snapshot(for money). These animals aren’t the same as your dog, cat or tortoise at home, they are wild animals who will...

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  • TRY NOT TO BE A TOURIST ON SATURDAYS

    Across Africa I keep finding that official Tourist Information offices do not like being open on Saturdays and Sundays. Sundays, maybe I can understand in some countries. Why the whole weekend? Most travellers arrive places on the weekend because many airlines give discounts for staying over on a Saturday night! If you are a Minister for Tourism in...

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  • world wide web

    BEWARE! - travel professionals might want to send you to another continent! Pick up a map of the world and do the finger travelling, or browse google Earth or google maps or michelin guide...

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  • Zimbabwe ...a visit to in 2009

    This tip was in response to a forum question re a visit to Zimbabwe. Be very careful as the political situation is unstable. But a native Zim friend says it is more heartbreak than anything. There is a Cholera epidemic at this time (Dec 2008)I just called an ex Zim friend. Left 3yrs ago. She said in the old days you could get a Visa at the...

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  • AVOID CHANGING MONEY IN BORDER AREAS

    Think about it. You are entering a Border area and are inside a heavy security area run by the government. There in front of you – before you are allowed to leave the border area – is a Bureau de Change. Can you say monopoly? Only once have I have only ever seen a relatively competitive rate at one of these places, and they charged a fee on top!...

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  • THE HIGH COST OF MEDICINE

    This is not only a Tourist Trap – it is a trap for local people as well and is sadly true in many places in Africa. When you go to the pharmacy (chemists) to get some pills for a cold – they charge you for each individual pill! Despite the fact that the manufacturer never intended this to be so. Then you often have a 100% import tax on the...

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  • EXPENSIVE & DIFFICULT VISAS

    All these pictures are of criminal activity. In fact you are looking at an illegal invasion and international border crossing – by me. Why did I not just go through the border post? Because the country (Angola in this case) makes the whole process to long and/or expensive. Why do many African countries have high visa fees? Because some poor...

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  • Big game gnitnuh.

    Big game hunting is legal in several African countries, Benin, Cameroon, C.A.R., Tanzania,….... I don’t wanna encourage this because I prefer living animals instead of death ones. But the big money enters the country and development and protection will follow. Governments have shooting quotas, so when everything happens correctly the wildlife will...

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  • Overcrouwded coral reefs

    Public coral reefs in the Red Sea are most of the time OVERcrouwded and for the greater part destroyed by incautious tourists. When you dive into the water, you’ve got to keep in mind that there are other visitors coming after you. TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES & DO NOT STEP ON THE CORAL. Corals are living creatures and when you touch them, they...

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  • Dirty public beaches

    Public beaches near towns or cities can be sometimes very dirty, they use them as a junkyard or public toilet. It is a pity but the truth. You’ll have to walk a few miles further to enjoy a clean dip in the sea.

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  • luggage costs

    When you are travelling by public transport the luggage boys or porters will ask you to pay for your luggage. First ask your fellow travellers if they paid for there baggage. Most of the times you don’t have to, but you are always free to pay some small money.

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  • Phone calls

    When you make a phone call in an internet-café or phone-shop you can expect a phone call when you’re back at home. Some operators guard the phone numbers you’ve dialled and they use it afterwards to ask for money or an invitation letter.

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  • ALWAYS AGREE THE PRICE BEFORE !

    I have learned this valuable lesson too many times. Agree the price before agreeing to buy and goods or services. In Zanzibar I agreed to buy a beef skewer from a food stall for 50 US cents. I then asked for chicken, ate it and was told I owed $7 ! Bastard. The tailor in Uganda who charged me $5 to hem some trousers only charges locals 30 US cents...

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  • CHILDREN

    Across Africa you will encounter friendly children, often in groups. Always friendly and sometimes offering to help, sometimes begging. This tip was written to help you understand some of their motivations and the impact, potentially very negative, you may have on them. I divide interaction with the kids on my travels into the following groups:•...

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  • High bills?!?

    When you visit a restaurant or go shopping, always recount your bill.I don't say they're all crooks and cheaters, but when they think you’re a tourist, the end result of your bill could be a few percentages higher.

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  • Sustainable development in Tanzania

    I have beent here visrtually, thanks to visit by my parents in 1955, and i have flown over a few times, Swissair, East African Airlinespicked it up on BBC today --> "Butterfly farming proves worth a flutter"http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3569164.stm visit the official website of innovator ..." The butterfly idea was brought to the farmers...

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  • Taxi-brousses are not a miracle-...

    One knows it, a trip to Madagascar is expensive. As a solution, travellers are now tempted to pay for the expensive air ticket to the mythical, dream island and use dead-cheap transportation means. It is sthg I understand but bear in mind that taxi-brousses are not panacea, esp. if you travel there for 2 weeks and that you intend to go through many...

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  • 5 things that irk me about the Africa...

    these arn't in any particular order1. street touts who won't take no for an answer 2. the phrase 'hello my friend', at this rate after 2 weeks in africa i would have accumulated about a zillion more friends3. NOOOOOOO - i don't want a taxi.............. at every street corner i'm asked if i want a taxi. Even infront of the place i am staying at. It...

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  • Bargain, don't accept a first price

    In most occasions when you buy something at a local shop or in the street, you are supposed to bargain. The vendor will always tell you a higher price as a first, so you will have to start this interesting bargaining game. African traders are hard to convince, so here are some rules:- Don't ask the price unless you're prepared to bargain.- Don't...

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  • Warning

    My tips/warnings to anyone visiting Zimbabwe would be:1. Take US dollars in cash (sterling, euros and rand are also popular but the US dollar is king). Take 10 and 20 dollar notes. They do not like 100 dollar notes due to counterfeiting problems. Travellers cheques will be accepted at the bureau de change but you may not get such a good rate.2....

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  • If you don't want to buy, don't look...

    For all North African Countries:If you are NOT interested to buy a souvenir don’t look for the ambulant sellers, if you look will have lots of sellers with all kind of objects around you in a few seconds. In some cases, the tourist was forced to stop his own walking some minutes as was not possible continue to walk with so many people at all...

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  • Do not let the driver of your...

    Do not let the driver of your rented car take you to a hotel or restaurant. They take you to the most expensive one!! Our driver took us to the best hotel in Livingstone after a morning's ride from Lusaka. No doubt it was a 5 star resort, but we did not expect to be there for just freshening up!!! We asked him to take us directly to the Victoria...

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