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Old 12-04-2007, 01:49 PM   #31
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I can tell you lots about Namibia, but unfortunately nothing about East Africa.

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That was 15 minutes after the birth.
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Great pics!This really makes me want to see the elephants in the national parks.. have only planned 2 x one or two days for national parks though..Ngorongoro and Serengeti kind of too far off. Maybe I have 2 days in Uganda for the parks there, I absolutely want to see the lions. And then of course I will return and do West Africa as well.

As to Malarone I guess thats what I will take, lets see what the doc says.
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Re: Kampala - I was there 3 years ago from your trip, so I'm not sure how much help I can be, as there have been massive construction efforts since then.

If you like night life, Kampala has a lot of it - club Rouge is the only one I remember by name but I went to 2 or 3 night clubs that were cheap and a blast. If you want you can stay out til dawn. Some are in guide books. There are several incredible indian restaurants (I've never had better indian food outside of India) and my favorite was Handi or something like that, it began with an H and was more on the east side of the city than the other notable one. Nearby (also near the food court) there is also a really pleasant wireless cafe (!) with ice cream (!) and Sky sports network (!). That should cure the homesickness. For a less western atmosphere head to the crazy huge outdoor market where locals shop.

If you want to see colonialism, go up to Kololo and check out the huge houses that the ambassadors and others still live in.

I don't know what your budget is but if it is similar to my travel budget and you are interested in hostels, Red Chili's is fabulous. They are a little out of the way in Kampala but have decent food and cheap rates and good company. They also run the most affordable mini-safari ever to the big national park in the north. It's 3 days and 3 years ago it was $130 bucks, includes accomodation and transportation and entry fees, but not food. It was pretty amazing, we saw most of the big 5 game, chimps, and did a nile cruise in 3 days!

Also a really cool thing to do in Uganda is head to Jinja (maybe 2 hours from Kampala, and the companies do pick-up if you want) for white water rafting on the Nile. This was such a crazy rush and totally scary and amazing at times, and other times the water was flat and we hopped out of the raft and just drifted down the Nile past all the birds and stuff. Crazy! It was $100 3 years ago for the whole day including a great lunch, I went with the western-run company (there are 2 others) because they have bigger rafts and I figured they'd be more accuontable for safety. Rafting the Nile is one of my favorite memories ever.
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Thought of Jinja but only 4/5 days in Uganda, 2 for Kampala, 2/3 for Mini Safari?

Have heard that Kampala is relatively safe compared to i.e. Nairobi (where I will not go out at night).
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U2dem, if you make it in politics it´s your duty to raise the U.S. foreign aid budget to a minimum of 5% of the GDP!
We'll really have to change the mindset of people. In a mock congress in DC two years in a row I proposed a bill changing it to 3%, which is up from its current position of 1%, and both times it failed
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We'll really have to change the mindset of people. In a mock congress in DC two years in a row I proposed a bill changing it to 3%, which is up from its current position of 1%, and both times it failed
what kind of mock government are you people running over there??
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Cool pictures, anitram! The parent elephant and its baby.... Awwww.

That shot of that rock formation is awesome, too. Like the way the sunlight is hitting it.

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Kampala and Nairobi aren't as dangerous as Jo'burg, South Africa.

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We'll really have to change the mindset of people. In a mock congress in DC two years in a row I proposed a bill changing it to 3%, which is up from its current position of 1%, and both times it failed
I think it is great you proposed it. Don´t give up! If they hear this every year and you gain enough support, they will have to consider it!
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Kampala and Nairobi aren't as dangerous as Jo'burg, South Africa.

That may be true. People say Kampala is safe. Have heard bad things about security in Nairobi, so I´ll only go by taxi there
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A taxi from TZ to Nairobi?
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A taxi from TZ to Nairobi?
No from TZ to Nairobi we will take the white Rolls Royce
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No from TZ to Nairobi we will take the white Rolls Royce
btw I wanted to explain, no I did not mean a taxi from TZ to Nairobi; we will take a bus for this route. (no white Rolls Royce

I mean for going around in Nairobi, from a museum to universtiy for example, to move around in the city of Nairobi we will take taxis.
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All these trips sound absolutely interesting, wild and unbelievable! I really hope I can go one day.
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I will not be able to take any photos.

My dad is ill and will have a serious operation in January, it makes no sense to go to Africa in February.

We already bought plane tix but will have to return them.

If you feel like it, pray for my dad.

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I will not be able to take any photos.

My dad is ill and will have a serious operation in January, it makes no sense to go to Africa in February.

We already bought plane tix but will have to return them.

If you feel like it, pray for my dad.


I'm so sorry to here about your trip and your dad. I'll say a prayer for all of you. :Pray:
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