Questions tagged [africa]

Vast continent with over fifty countries located to the south of Europe separating the Indian and Atlantic oceans. In addition to tags for countries and cities there are also the more specific, regional tags such as [kilimanjaro] and [north-africa] to be preferred where relevant.

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What countries may be entered without visa by the holder of a Ghana refugee travel document?

What countries in the world may be entered without a visa by a refugee carrying a Ghana travel document such as the one illustrated?
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In which African countries is the least English spoken?

I am mostly working in IT these days, but I have great memories from a year I spent teaching English in a non-English-speaking region. (I'm a native speaker of American English with a CELTA ...
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Is there an "internet anywhere" device I can bring with me to visit the developing world?

I'm a software engineer, and my company has announced that even after COVID-19 is no longer an issue, we're free to work remotely indefinitely. My boss has given me permission to travel the world ...
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Are there certain countries that a black African traveler should avoid travelling to? [closed]

I'm in my 20s and originally from East Africa. I live in Ireland but have traveled across Western Europe and to the US/Canada. I've found very little racism there contrary to popular belief. I would ...
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Are there tours to see Western Lowland Gorillas?

I've noticed Rwanda, Uganda, and some other countries tour operators are able to charge thousands of dollars (cheapest one I found is $1500 for 3 days) for Mountain Gorilla viewing. I understand that ...
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What are those structures in Sudan?

While flying back from La Réunion to Paris, we flew over those well defined structures: I think it corresponds to this location on the map: https://goo.gl/maps/Wz1paAFsGGQjULYa7 At 13.9916°N, 35.9597°...
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Risks of cycling across minefield [closed]

I am planning an off-road cycling trip in Angola. What happens if a bicycle is ridden over a land mine? Will it detonate? Will it result in injury, death or bicycle damage? Does it depend on the type ...
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Would an affidavit signed with a commissioner of oaths, be enough to replace my missing yellow fever certificate? I'm going to Senegal from Paris

I'm travelling from Paris to Senegal and back (with stopovers in Madrid both ways). I have a valid yellow fever vaccination but I've lost the yellow certificate and the clinic where I got the ...
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Travel in Africa from South to North [closed]

Is there a safe (as much as possible) route to travel in Africa, from South to North? Starting in South Africa, and going all the way up to Cairo, Egypt? Without taking flight, only public ...
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From West Africa to Tangier by ferries

I'm looking for ferries from Banjul or Dakar to Tangier. I'm going to West Africa in January 2020 by motorbike, but I wish to come back by ferry (and motorbike), but I did not find any solution ...
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Do Cote d'Ivoire eVisas have a specific entry date? [closed]

I successfully obtained an eVisa for Ivory Coast two months ago. Now my flight was rescheduled to an earlier date. Can I still enter the country or is there a date of entry specified on the eVisa? i....
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Independent travels around Southeast Africa [closed]

Me and my girlfriend are going to travel around Southeast Africa from May to July. We haven't made any specific plans but we will likely visit Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and/or ...
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Yellow fever vaccination for airport transfer? [closed]

I'm going on holiday to somewhere where there is a low yellow fever risk, but to get there I have a 4 hour layover in a city with a high yellow fever risk. If I'm not leaving the airport at any time, ...
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Do 'immigration officer at the departure point' check visa validity(real or fake) electronically? [duplicate]

When we are travelling from an African country to Schengen Area, USA or Canada, Do 'immigration officer at the departure point' check visa validity(real or fake) electronically?
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Can I enter Kenya and Tanzania multiple times on single-entry visas?

I will be traveling to Kenya and Tanzania, and will make multiple stops in each country: Home -> Kenya -> Tanzania -> Kenya -> Zanzibar (Tanzania) -> Kenya -> Home. I will not travel outside of those ...
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Withdrawing from US local Bank in Africa

I will soon be travelling through some African nations like Senegal, Kenya etc. Now I have had some people say United States Dollars are withdrawable from a US Bank Debit Card. I use Metabank and ...
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Flying between Tanzania and Madagascar

We are planning a one-month trip to Rwanda, Tanzania and Madagascar, but looking at the flights it seems that you can not fly directly from e.g. Dar es-Salaam to anywhere in Madagascar. Does anyone ...
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Driving SUVs in the Namibian desert

In one of the episodes of Grand Tour, Jeremy, Richard and James drive beach buggies on the beach of Namibia. At the end of the show, they thanked the government of Namibia for allowing them to shoot ...
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What is the quickest route to Nioloko-Koba National Park(Senegal) from Gambia?

I've been reading many trip reports that cover The Gambia and Senegal in a single trip, but very few go into detail on which routes they are taking. We will only have 2 weeks and want to focus on The ...
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Visa for Tanzania, Africa and visa runs

I want to get a visa for Tanzania, Africa. I am planning on working there and hopefully stay there. But I think the only visa I can get is a visitor visa. So if I leave every 3 months, how long do I ...
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Traveling overland in Africa but need UK & Schengen visa for the end

I am traveling overland in Africa and volunteering for wildlife conservation programs. About 5 months into the trip, I plan to fly to the UK and France to visit my girlfriend's parents with her (She ...
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Dealing with extremely dry air in Africa

Some years ago, I had an overnight stay in Sahara. I live in a very high humidity climate, so the extremely dry desert air was quite literally choking me, and sleeping was impossible. I only managed ...
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How to visit Kaokoveld, Namibia without driving yourself

We'll be in Namibia next month, and would love to visit Kaokoveld, but none of us can drive. Do we have any other options to get there from Windhoek?
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Entering Kenya as dual citizen with UK passport?

The question isn't regarding the legality of it but rather the practical benefits. I did read on another forum that although It costs more to enter Kenya with a UK passport, if I am caught in trouble (...
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Driving a truck from UK to Africa for charity [closed]

Some time ago, I saw a TV programme about volunteers driving old trucks / lorries from the UK to various African countries for charity. I might be interested in trying this but my searches for more ...
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Are outdoor equipment stores open on a Sunday afternoon in Arusha?

I'll arrive in Arusha on a Sunday around noon, to start a Kilimanjaro trek the day after. While I have most of the required/recommended gear, I need to get a few extra things. I have the option to ...
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Which European (incl. Turkey) hub has the biggest seats capacity to destinations in Africa [closed]

I would like to know which hub has more seats to any destination in Africa, no matter where. For one particular airport consider how many seats there are available in total in a given month or year ...
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Short connections in Lomé

I'm booking a ticket from New York to Abidjan and one of the affordable options involves taking Ethiopian's ET509 from Newark to Lomé (Togo) and then ASKY's KP52 on from Lomé to Abidjan (Senegal). The ...
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Planning a visit to Africa (Kenya), which other wildlife parks are worth going? [closed]

We are a group of 6 and are planning a wildlife safari/trip to Africa with our starting point being Nairobi, Kenya during the month of September 2017. According to the itinerary received by the ...
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How available is Internet in Sierra Leone?

I am interested in travelling to Sierra Leone to visit family, but from talking to them they do not have steady access to Internet. As someone visiting from the US, will I be able to pay for ...
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Can one obtain a visa for Mauritania while in Australia?

I am in Australia. It seems from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade there is no visa issuing facility here for Mauritania (looks like the nearest is in Tokyo). Is there a way to get a ...
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Viewing, not hiking, Mount Kilimanjaro from Arusha

I will be arriving in Arusha around noon and departing the following day also around noon. I would like to see Mount Kilimanjaro, but not hike it. What is the minimum amount of time required to do ...
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When booking a safari in Tanzania is the price negotiable?

I'm booking a safari with a reputable tour guide company in Tanzania. We are currently discussing the itinerary and options. They are coming back to us with documents that describe what the tour would ...
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From where in Ethiopia can I see the Red Sea?

Ethiopia is a landlocked country, however it's mostly high elevation (2000-2500m) and given that Eritrea seems to be narrow, I'm wondering if it's possible to see the Red Sea from Ethiopia. I'm ...
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Kruger vs Serengeti [closed]

Background I am looking to book a safari for my fiancé and I next June. It will be our first time going on a safari and we were wondering if anyone had any thoughts or experiences with either of the ...
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Are there tours to the UTA Flight 772 Memorial in Niger?

The UTA Flight 772 Memorial is in one of the most remote parts of the world, in the Tenere Desert, and very much off the beaten track. Are there any tours to the memorial, or any (relatively) local ...
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Is it necessary to take a malaria prophylaxis or at least a stand-by vaccination to visit Zanzibar?

I will be traveling to Zanzibar in September for 10 days. I already have the Yellow Fever vaccination. Is it necessary to take a malaria prophylaxis or at least a stand-by vaccination? Someone told ...
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Which language(s) is most useful for backpacking Africa?

I'm looking to backpack Africa in a few years, so I'd like to start learning a language that would the most useful/widely spoken. There are a few conditions I've conjured up though: the language ...
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How can I get to Arusha, Tanzania from Nairobi, Kenya?

What are my options (methods, approximate prices, safety, and duration) in getting from Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania? I'll be in Nairobi and want to travel to Arusha to join a Mount Kilimanjaro ...
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Does anyone have experience taking a kombi from Johannesburg to Mbabane?

I'll be arriving in the Johannesburg airport and I've been told to take a kombi from there to [somewhere where they have kombis to Swaziland] and then from there to Mbabane. Does anybody have ...
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Direct flights to USA from countries with Ebola outbreak

According to this survey 58% of Americans think there should be a travel ban on flights from countries where the Ebola has broken out. The survey doesn't make clear what a travel ban would mean, but ...
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Are the usual TB vaccinations sufficient for the MDR and XDR strains now in Africa?

Today I watched a BBC documentary about the rise of tuberculosis in Africa. Apparently there are drug resistant strains known as MDR (multi-drug resistant) and XDR (extremely drug resistant). If you'...
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From Zambia to Zimbabwe: How easy to cross the borders?

We are planning to visit the Victoria Falls. We will be driving from Lusaka to Livingstone (is that something one will recommend by the way?). It seems that most of the hotels and many major landmarks ...
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Is there scuba diving / snorkelling in Sierra Leone that is safe e.g. from sharks?

I am planning to visit Sierra Leone. I have seen some pictures and the beaches are awesome. They have beautiful and appealing islands for diving and snorkeling. Is there a serious threat of shark ...
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Ivory Coast, Africa: What diseases tend to occur there?

I have been doing a project as part of my virus research and traveling to where each form of a certain virus originated. My first destination is the Tai Forest. I am curious on what diseases, ...
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Overland Transport in Africa [closed]

What information is available for rail and bus travel in Africa? So far, the only information I've been able to find come from first-hand accounts of people who made the trips themselves. I'm ...
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Same passport for visiting all of Africa?

So tonight I was catching up with a well-traveled friend who was visiting Melbourne. A few years back they did an overlanding tour in Africa, and was told for the tour that if you had multiple ...
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Best options for crossing Lake Victoria by ferry

I'm looking for the best option for crossing lake Victoria between Uganda (Entebbe) and Kenya (Kisumu) in either direction. Before anyone suggest earthwise I have attempted calling them (number not ...
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Do I need a carnet for travelling in/between countries in southern Africa? [closed]

I live in South Africa, and hope in the future to travel around Southern Africa visiting places such as Botswana, Mozambiqe etc. Do I need a carnet for travelling within Southern Africa?.
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What is a reliable and safe method of obtaining cash in Madagascar?

I may spend a month in Madagascar and cannot find conclusive information on the availability of ATMs, banks, or other methods of obtaining cash. My travel guide specifically mentions Visa instead of ...
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