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Old 11-25-2007, 10:38 PM   #1
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Going to Africa: your suggestions

Hi, as some of you including Sula know I love Africa

So after this trip a couple of years ago to the Americas that really changed me.. it was the best trip.. I´m chasing away again in February

Maybe someone has been at some of the following places and wants to share some advice? Or tell me what you would do if you were there?

We will start in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Heading up to bagamoyo where there´s a famous art college. Maybe staying at a professor of this college.

Then take the ship to Zanzibar where there happemns to be a music festival for a couple of days. Maybe chill on the beaches there. If timetables allow, go to another island, called Pemba, known throughout Eastern Africa for spirituality. I don´t know how to make contacts there though.. not yet. It´s not very touristy. I am interested because I heard of good waganga.

Same goes for the next destination, the Usambara Mountains. Then to Mombasa. From there to Nairobi. Planning a trip to a national park from there.

After seeing Tanzania and Kenya we will continue to Uganda, to see the capital Kampala. And maybe a couple of other things around. As I only have limited time, I will take the return flight from there.

With an overnight stop in Ethiopia. I would really love to spend more time there, but timetable does not allow. However I want to go too Haile Selassie´s throne in the early morning, and then take the flight home.

Of course I would have loved to combine this with West Africa, but some destinations will have to wait, my holidays are limited. And it´s not only holidays, I expect to find some great music, maybe sign bands and put out their music.

Has anyone been to the place,
or can anyone give me a crash course in Swahili?
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I've been all over northern Tanzania, though unfortunately not Dar or Zanzibar (Zanzibar is tops on my list of places to go). I went for school in 2005. Babydoll lives in Dar, you should PM her. My favorite places in Tanzania were Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater (you cannot go to TZ and NOT go here!!), Lushoto (village up in the mountains in a more temperate climate), and Kigarama, this little town way up north, basically on the Ugandan border, way up high above Lake Victoria.

Basically the words I used most were "jambo!" (greeting) and "asante!" (please/thanks).

Some pics and captions from my trip:
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PS. My other suggestion is getting a prescription round of antibiotics from your Doc before going. Someone told me to do this and I didn't and sure enough, I got sick the second day. I lost 12 lbs in 2 weeks and was sick nonstop until we found a round of Cipro in the med kit. And I was VERY careful about only drinking bottled water, keeping my mouth shut in the shower, etc. The last thing you want is to be constantly dehydrated and exhausted when you're supposed to be having fun. Once I took the medicine, I felt better, but I was really weak and when I got back home, I got really sick again from being sick in Africa and it took five months to get over. I don't regret going at all, but it sucked to be sick for 5 months when a $5 bottle of pills was all I needed to take care of it right away.
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Thank you for the interesting information. Ok, so its not only malaria pills and a couple of hepatitis twinrix stuff but also pre - antibiotics. I will ask the doc for them.

Well maybe you can do me a favor and tell Babydoll per PM to join this thread? I don´t have a premium account (and Elvis doesn´t want us to PM without).

Dar is the first place, so any recommendations are welcome, and to know somebody who is actually living there would be great!

Thanks again for your help!
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Don't have any advice since I've never been there but it sounds like a wonderful trip. Make sure you tell us all about it when you return.
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Well, you know what I would say. lol. Skip East Africa, cuz West Africa is where the fantastic music, culture, arts, etc. are!!!

Seriously though, I'm so happy for you that you're finally taking the chance to visit this amazing continent. I know that no matter which part you visit, it will be a life changing experience.

One of my coworkers visited Tanzania last year, so I will check with her to see if she has any recommendations.
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I don't have any advice since I've never been to Africa, but have a great trip!
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Well, you know what I would say. lol. Skip East Africa, cuz West Africa is where the fantastic music, culture, arts, etc. are!!!

Seriously though, I'm so happy for you that you're finally taking the chance to visit this amazing continent. I know that no matter which part you visit, it will be a life changing experience.
Yeah you know thing is it´s my dad´s last big trip. You know him, he has been to West Africa (and me when I was a kid) but not to the East. And one month is not enough for Ethiopia and even not enough for the three countires; I would need 3 months minimum...

Of course I will go to West Africa when I have the chance and can afford to

I expect it will change my life.

Best regards to your husband!
Your family is doing well?
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Thank you for the interesting information. Ok, so its not only malaria pills and a couple of hepatitis twinrix stuff but also pre - antibiotics. I will ask the doc for them.

Yep. I got shots for Yellow Fever, Hep A, and Typhoid (passed on Rabies and Polio, already had MMR, Hep B and Tetanus as they are standard here in the USA), plus the malaria medications. Once I got back and described the ordeal, some friends who go to visit their parents in Kenya said "oh yes we always take antibiotics along just in case." Just ask for one round of a broad spectrum antibiotic. You don't take it unless you get really sick. It also depends on what malaria pills you are taking. Most people I went with were taking a malaria pill that basically IS an antibiotic. I was taking something new that was supposed to be safer, less side effects (Malarone). I feel like if I had just taken what everyone else took, that might have also cleared up whatever sickness I got.

Here is an explanation from a traveler's site:

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Travelers' diarrhea is the most common travel-related ailment. The cornerstone of prevention is food and water precautions, as outlined below. All travelers should bring along an antibiotic and an antidiarrheal drug to be started promptly if significant diarrhea occurs, defined as three or more loose stools in an 8-hour period or five or more loose stools in a 24-hour period, especially if associated with nausea, vomiting, cramps, fever or blood in the stool. A quinolone antibiotic is usually prescribed: either ciprofloxacin (Cipro)(PDF) 500 mg twice daily or levofloxacin (Levaquin) (PDF) 500 mg once daily for a total of three days. Quinolones are generally well-tolerated, but occasionally cause sun sensitivity and should not be given to children, pregnant women, or anyone with a history of quinolone allergy.
Cipro is what I took, 2 pills for 3 days. Without going into detail, I was very sick for 2.5 weeks. When I took the first pill, I literally felt better in minutes. My appetite came back and I was ravenous. I found the pills digging through our med kit before we were eating a meal a local person was hosting. After I took it, I ate and ate and ate and felt so much better. It killed whatever parasite I'd been carrying. And the entire time, I'd been soooooo careful about food and water, still got sick right away.
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Re: Going to Africa: your suggestions

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And it´s not only holidays, I expect to find some great music, maybe sign bands and put out their music.
I like this idea . Exposure to more types of music is always good.

I've never been to Africa and can't give advice, either, but it looks like you're getting some great information from other people here, so yay. Sounds like a fun time ahead of you here, hope you have a safe and wonderful trip. I'll ditto the others in that I look forward to hearing about it when you get back home.

Also, Liesje, some awesome pictures you have in that link there. Love the shots of the scenery and the animals-beautiful.

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Also, Liesje, some awesome pictures you have in that link there. Love the shots of the scenery and the animals-beautiful.
Thanks! I got a little carried away with the animals! I actually have a lot more pics from my friends (pics of people and places), but didn't feel comfortable adding them to my own web site.
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I have a ton of pics from my trip back home this summer too
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Hi Babydoll!

I will be in Dar around the beginning of February for two days or so. Do you have any recommendations on what to do, where to stay, where to eat?

Where will I get bus/ train tickets to go to Bagamoyo?

Any places in Dar where its especially dangerous at night? Is every taxi driver ok or should we get recommended taxis?

What about nightlife, is there any club with live music or DJs you can recommend?
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I've been all over northern Tanzania, though unfortunately not Dar or Zanzibar (Zanzibar is tops on my list of places to go). I went for school in 2005. Babydoll lives in Dar, you should PM her. My favorite places in Tanzania were Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater (you cannot go to TZ and NOT go here!!), Lushoto (village up in the mountains in a more temperate climate), and Kigarama, this little town way up north, basically on the Ugandan border, way up high above Lake Victoria.

Basically the words I used most were "jambo!" (greeting) and "asante!" (please/thanks).

Some pics and captions from my trip:
http://www.dutchbingo.net/TanzaniaJa...005/index.html
Wow, sounds like a great trip. Except for the health probs.

Yes we will also stay in Lushoto for some days. A guide I´m reading has details about the trips from Lushoto to the places with a great view of the surrounding mountains.

ps. as I see on your pics you also were at the school/ orphanage/ social place and saw a choir at a Lutheran church!
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