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Old 12-01-2007, 06:14 AM   #21
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Train tickets to Bagamoyo - No. There's no train that goes there. The rail system isn't really good there. I'd recommend getting a ride with somebody you know, or if you're going with someone, you could rent a car for the day - it's only about an hours drive. No bus goes there either as far as I know.
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So I can take dalla dalla to Bagamoyo
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Yeah, daladalas are far by the most common method of transport if you don't own a car
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Babydoll, do you know Smokies Tavern in Msasani? What about The Tilt? Very touristy, or original Tansanian nightlife? Or would I be better of at the bar at the Namanga Shopping Centre /along Kimweri Avenue /at the Bahama Mama?
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I don't drink so I wouldn't know about bars lol.
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Y'all are making Tanzania sound very intruiging

I'm sure you'll have a blast, hiphop
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hiphop - have an awesome trip. I can't wait to hear about it afterwards.

I'm preparing for a trip to Uganda that's happening next June so I really appreciated the travel health tips Liesje. Thanks for sharing your photos too! Again, you've got a great eye when it come to photography.
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Re: health

Take Malarone. Doxy makes you really sensitive to the sun and Larium gives people weird halucinations and nightmares (but is tempting because it's a weekly pill).

As for cipro, it is waaay cheaper and available without perscription from any drug store anywhere in Africa. Get one course at home if it makes you feel safer, but you can easily pick some up when you get off the plane for a fraction of the cost. I also brought from home a course of treatment for pink eye, partly because I was going to be working with kids, but I never needed it. Then last spring when I was in India I got a terrible case of pink eye but cipro eye drops bought at a local pharmacy cleared it up. I also bought Artesunate at a local pharmacy, which is a treatment for malaria that I was fortunate not to have to use. It's a chinese herb and good to have on hand if you are going to be away from a health clinic; the malaria prophylaxis lose effectiveness when you inevitably get diarrhea. (Wear bug spray with deet if you are going to be out of a city. You can't get bug spray or sun screen in Africa without great difficulty and cost, so bring them.)

And for the diarrhea - rehydrating salts or gatorade powder works really well to keep the energy up.


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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I took Malarone as well because my personal doctor recommended it, even though our health services had already given us doxy. I had no side effects, although I regret not taking doxy because I understand it IS an antibiotic and possible would have killed/prevented whatever bug I picked up that had me sick for almost 3 weeks. 20 people with us took doxy and the only side effect I know of was one guy took his without eating breakfast and threw up, but felt fine after that.
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hotpepper, Varitek, Lies, that sounds great! Keep it coming!

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During my two years in Mali, I took larium, doxy and then malarone (in that order). Larium is the easiest for a short trip and although the side effects can be wacky, I think if you're just going for a short jaunt, it might be ok. Taking it longterm...not so much. Doxy was also fine; I didn't have many issues with the sun sensitivity. What did cause problems for me was taking an antibiotic for a year...messed up my stomach. Also as Lies said, you really do have to take it with food or you'll feel sick. I finally ended up on Malarone for the remainder of my time in Mali and it was the best. That said, I wasn't paying for any of it. So if it was more expensive and I was paying out of pocket, I'd probably go for the cheapest one. lol.
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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.

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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.
Interesting

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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