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Africa Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxis Fares

    Hurghada Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi drivers will always try to over charge you and rip you off. Never get in an orange cab without correct change as they will pull a fast one on you. You give them a 100LE they will say no that's a 10LE. You look down and IT IS a 10LE!! very fast rip off! Also you may agree 10 pounds on a taxi and when you reach your destination they will say...

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  • Women

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    My cuz and I are both Cypriot muslims and are quite aware of the culture to a certain extent although we are born in London. We had the most uncomfortable week both in our hotel, the Pyramisa and outside. There were two pools both of which only have locals. The women are all covered up so when we wanted to lie in our bikinis, became very...

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  • Areas to avoid

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    We landed in Cape Town and picked up our car rental. The rental agent told us to take the N2 west then the M3 south to our destination in Kalk Bay. It would take an hour to get there. Instead, as we looked at the map, the more logical route was to take the M22 south to the R310 west and we would be there quicker. OMG!!! That was a really, really...

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  • Traffic&driving in Alexandria

    Alexandria Warnings and Dangers

    Corniche road is dangerious. USE THE TUNNELS!!! During the summer months there are at least 3-4 people hit and kill on this road every week j-walking. You're dead body is only worth 200LE, because that is the MAX fine a driver has to pay on the Corniche road if they hit and kill you..... USE THE TUNNELS!!!!!

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  • Malaria

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    100% DEET is pointless and dangerous. If you don't wash it off you hands before touching some plastics, they start to go sticky, like my camera.... This is because it is also a solvent and can also break down some synthetic fabrics. Think what that must be like for your skin. The concentration of DEET governs how long it is effective for, not how...

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  • Harrassment

    Luxor Warnings and Dangers

    A good hotel in Luxor is a must as it is will be your safe haven away from the 'hassle' tourists often get on the streets and in the town. From the moment you arrive in Luxor EVERYONE wants to be your friend and they'll follow you down the road with their well rehearsed sales pitches - trying to get you to ride in their carriage, eat dinner at...

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  • Driving in Namibia

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    I know I’ve already mentioned this on my introductory page and in my Transportation tip, but you really can’t be too careful when driving in Namibia! Most of the roads, even major routes, are gravel, but because they’re wide, straight, very quiet and mostly pretty smooth, it’s easy to start to relax and let your speed creep up above the...

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  • Diarrhea

    Hurghada Warnings and Dangers

    If you have a sensitive stomach, be sure that you'll catch diarrhea. You are most likely to suffer, but you can buy a local medicine called ENTOCID 1, in any pharmacy. There are some bacteria that we are not used to in Europe, and although not dangerous, they can cause you unpleasant stomach urges, 80% of the people we traveled with had that...

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  • Hawkers and hassle

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    being the number one tourist destination of egypt, the Giza Necropolis, where the Great Pyramids are located, has lots of mini stalls, hawkers, touts asking for alms and selling items and other unscrupolous elements like the pick pockets, photo scammers and the like. since having permanent shopping stalls are not allowed in the Complex, the sellers...

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  • Crime - theft

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    I was in Cape Town for a month. My wife is still there, and will be for another two months. It is a beautiful city, no doubt. The restaurants are lovely. Some of the neighbourhoods are amazing. The views, and the countryside is spectacular. On the other hand, the place is a thieves paradise, so travellers beware! Most South Africans are lovely,...

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  • other animals

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    There can be lots of animals on the road, and actually you will see lots of them, even if some are not really endangering you, they might damage your car if you crash into any. Here is an example of Impala just jumping in front of our car, luckily we drove slow not to hurt anyone.

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  • Theft and scams

    Luxor Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful how you handle horse carriage rides in and around Luxor. Sometimes the driver may stop at a gift shop to get you to buy souvenirs along the way. (This scam has been planned and well thought out!). Sometimes the driver will stop and pick-up the "Real Owner" of the horse and carriage. The "Real Owner" will then bump-up the price of your...

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  • Snakes, scorpions and other dangerous...

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    On the day we were out trying to spot a desert elephant or two, we had just got back into our jeep when a black mamba slithered across our path. The mamba's reputation goes before it. For the wary traveller, it is sometimes hard to separate fact from myth. The black mamba is in fact an olive green colour (but I wouldn't advise you to approach one...

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  • Sun Dangers

    Hurghada Warnings and Dangers

    The sun in Hurgada is very hot,, make sure your protected from the sun stroke. A friend of mine got a sun stroke after getting a sun tan at the beach. We found a Japanese drink "POCARI SWEAT" sold at hypermarkets "Spinney's" there, after he took it his temperature started going down to normal it saved his life. If you drink it regularly it keeps...

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  • Airport and Luggage

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    Copy of e-mail I sent directly to the airport management on May 26. Until today no respond. Based on the reviews bellow I know now that I will not get answer. The airport management must know what’s going on and most likely are part of the ongoing extortions. Dear HR representative. I tried several time to send you my complaint bellow via your...

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  • Safety at night

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    A travel companion was robbed of her cellphone in Long Street, late on a Friday Night. She decided to walk home to the Ashanti Backbackers ahead of us because she was tired from the days activities. Although Cape Town is a truly spectacular city to visit, it isn't very safe (or as much fun) to split from the group at night. We enjoyed our trip...

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  • elephants

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Do not let children tease elephants, these animals are wild animals, and plz keep distance with car. Do not follow elephants, always allow elephants right of way, drive off slowly if they get too near, do not cut off their path especially when there are more than one car, do not stop between a herd.... especially when their are babies.Do not rev...

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  • The Climate

    Luxor Warnings and Dangers

    We hadn't anticipated just how hot the sun woulld get in Luxor and although we took two full bottles of factor 50 sun block we soon ran out. I went to a local chemist and bought some Nivea factor 60 and it was quite expensive. We all applied it and then we all burned for the first time on the holiday. I'm not suggesting for a minute that it wasn't...

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  • Changing Money

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    When changing money in Namibia at banks, allow plenty of time. And, if you're actually cashing traveller's cheques, add some more time onto that. :) There seem to be an insufferable number of forms to fill out, supervisors' approvals to obtain, and so forth. AND, if you're changing a "substantial sum" (which could be anything over about $300 US),...

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  • Water

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    It is always safer to buy bottled water than to attempt to drink from the tap. The water is frequently over chlorinated, or smells of sewage. Likewise avoid the river. If taking a trip on a felucca or sailing boat, don't dangle your hand in the water no matter how tempting it may be. The Nile is dirty.

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  • Driving / Car safety

    Cape Town Warnings and Dangers

    April 2011: Our ever-reliable Cape Town based correspondent Gerald_D (who doesn't write tips but is amazingly informative in travel fora) informs me that Main Road Kalk Bay has been closed northbound for the next couple of years as they undertake major upgrading and repairs on this road. The road is still open to southbound traffic. This means...

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  • vehicles / traffic

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    It's advisable to stay inside your vehicle. This sounds like a "common sense" thing to do, but too many people don't understand the dangers they put themselves in when they decide to leave their cars or get close to a "wild animal." Most animals will run away from fear, but if you happen to come near certain animals that are in musth, like...

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  • Water

    Namibia Warnings and Dangers

    Obviously in a dry desert country you have to be sure that you carry and have enough water with you. Even in the winter season it can get hot above the 30 Celsius so I can imagine the summer heat. Be sure that you have not only water for drinking but also for you car in case it gets over heated.

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  • Traffic

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic is really a mess in Cairo and it is like this from sunrise till after sunset. I had no idea that 23 milions of people lived in Cairo during the day, but you really notice each of them when you breath. The first morning I opened the window in my room to change air, gave a breath and decided it was better to leave it closed.Most taxi drivers...

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  • hippo

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    What I didn't realize before going to Kruger is that hippos kill more tourists than any other animal in Africa. People don't realize that they are dangerous and go right up to them to get a better look. Hippos will feel quite threatened if approached by humans, especially if you get between them and the water. If you ever meet up with a hippo face...

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  • Climate

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    If you are visiting in the winter, don't just take shorts and T shirts - it can be quite chilly in Cairo in the early mornings and evenings, and you will certainly need to visit the Pyramids early if you want to try to get a ticket to go inside one of them. I had a light jacket when I visited and was still quite cold - heaven knows how the people...

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  • lions

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Kruger National Park was awesome to be able to see animals in the wild. But DO stay in your car and roll up the window if you're getting close to some animals! They are WILD animals! =) And unfortunately, I did hear about people getting killed or hurt from trying to get too close to the animals... so, please stay in your car and don't take any...

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  • weather

    Kruger National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Even the professional drivers with 4WD Jeeps are not immune against getting stuck. (Ok the river was a little bigger than the one we got stuck in with the Caravan ...) As you can see, we are enjoying our drive anyway.

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  • EXPLODING LAKE KIVU AND FRIENDS

    Lake Kivu in East Africa is a killer. It is also THE beach resort in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The shores of Lake Kivu are beautiful with white sand beaches in Gisenyi (Rwanda), rolling green hills nearby and even dramatic mountains overlooking it from the DRC side. On a clear day or hour it’s beautiful. Don’t let that...

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  • MALARIA KILLS

    Some countries in Africa are in the Malarial Zone. If you visit such an area - PLEASE PREPARE! Malaria can sometimes be fatal and at best may make you regret that you survived. Medicines must be taken weeks BEFORE you come here. There are 4 different species of Malaria and humans can get them all from the bite of an infected female Anopheles...

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  • A HUNDRED WAYS TO DIE

    OPPORTUNISTIC DISEASES. Doesn’t sound like a nice way to die does it? Please note that Diseases is plural. Very plural. If you want to get to know a local African VERY well – make sure you use a condom. There are plenty of signs. I do mean by the road side, in hotels and in many graveyards. You can get condoms for free in many places and countries....

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  • FALLING TO YOUR DEATH

    tip in progress more soonHow would you like to spoil your travel of a lifetime by the sudden death of one of your party? Doesn’t sound good does it? Throughout Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia’s name for its side of the falls) there is a noticeable absence of gates, fences and barriers to prevent you and gravity creating a fatality. Please make...

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  • DON'T TAKE PICTURES OF THE POLICE !!!!

    I originally wrote this after one of my Police incidents, this time in Algeria. The rest of the story is good advice just about anywhere in Africa.You are looking at illegal pictures for which I was detained for 30 minutes and almost jailed. It was stupid and my own fault. In fact I normally feel the right to take pictures, but this was wrong....

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  • Stalking animals

    Leopards are the top predators in the African rainforest and mostly the feed on deer, monkeys and bush pigs. But when you’re camping in the jungle and sleeping in tents they’re sometimes attracted by the smell of your provisions. It certainly won’t happen each night, but one stalked us and came very close at night. Other animals could also be...

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  • Election days can be GRRRRRRR!

    During election days you’d better avoid crowded places or manifestations. Sometimes these happenings can escalate to a whirlwind of violence and aggression. You won’t be save because(sometimes) the security forces don’t use dummy bullets and they shoot to kill. The Ivory Coast, Guinea or Cameroon are good examples.

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  • Water???

    You better watch out before using water from the tap.When you can’t use the water to wash yourself you’ll be sure of it you can’t drink it!Water isn’t always that clean, sometimes pumped out of a river our stored on the rooftop and refilled by water suppliers and they aren’t always that honest.

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  • TRAVEL IMMUNIZATIONS

    Travelling to Africa? Hope you are not afraid of needles! You need some immunizations before you go. At the least I would recommend these for any travel other than on a cruise ship:Hepatitis A Hepatitis B – for longer journeysTetanus TyphoidThe full list is here of every possibility worldwide, but includes some immunizations you should have had as...

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  • Is Sudan safe? Yes, mostly

    I haven't been to the south, but I was in Khartoum and Nubia last year. It is difficult for people from most countries, especially the U.S., to get a visa, and you will need a fixer who is experienced with your embassy and people of your nationality. Reliable people who've to the south and to the Nuba Mountains tell me much of it is still mined, so...

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  • YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATES MAY BE NEEDED

    Africa is one of only 2 continents still plagued by this deadly disease (South America is the other). To get into some countries you need a Certificate of Yellow Fever Immunization to show at the border. If you are coming from a non-affected area (like Europe, N. America or Asia) this requirement is usually ignored and you will never be asked to...

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  • DO NOT STEAL HOTEL TOWELS IN BOTSWANA

    I am not accusing anyone, but I have no doubt more than one VT Member has stolen hotel towels at some time in their travels. Well, don’t do it here! I first noticed this in the capital Gaborone. Hotels in Botswana embroider their towels with the name of the accommodation and the telephone number. You really don’t want to get involved with the...

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  • FILL UP THE WATER CONTAINER

    Do you have a large plastic container like the one pictured in your room? There is a very reason that it is there. You better make sure it’s full of water! Most of Africa does get a lot of rainfall. Having said that, Africa is definitely ‘developing’ and many countries’ infrastructure is growing by leaps and bounds. That means that often water...

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  • LANDMINES

    Landmines are the all too real legacy of the many civil wars that have taken place across Africa in the last 40 years. In many countries you will see children and young people with missing limbs decades after a war. That’s because in most conflicts the different sides NEVER marked their minefields. Farmers and children still come across these with...

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  • DON'T BLOW UP YOUR LAPTOP !

    Africa operates on 220 volts of electricity (alternating at 50 cycles per second) as opposed to North America which uses 110 volts. What does this mean? For a start an electrical shock here can kill you where 110 volts won’t. Have a think about that before you plug something in. The electrical plugs are either a standard round 2 pin European plug...

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  • THE SHAME OF ROBERT MUGABE - ZIMBABWE

    Zimbabwe is a dictatorship and a badly run one at that. Over the last couple of years the economy has been run into absolute ruin. Zimbabwe used to be a major EXPORTER of food. Now it relies on outside food aid to feed its people – when the government lets the aid in. What does this mean to you as a traveller? You cannot get petrol. Plan on that...

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  • DO NOT FEED WILD MONKEYS IN TOWN

    The great thing about Africa is that you can drive just outside of a town or village and see wild Monkeys. Please do not fee them inside the grounds of nice hotels or inside towns. This just attracts them and they then leave their natural areas. They also eat foods that are really not good for them and they can cause the locals a lot of issues...

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