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I suspect you may be barking up the wrong tree here. In short, satellite Internet is likely vastly more expensive and limited than you expect, while regular old cellular networks are likely far more accessible that you'd expect in the developing world. This may change in a few years when high-speed satellite networks like Starlink start rolling out, but as ...


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French seems like an obvious choice: Spoken (to some extent, don't expect everybody to be able to communicate with you!) in 20+ countries, not much overlap with English, mostly standardized and easy to learn for English speakers (compared to Arabic or local languages), not limited to a specific region (unlike, say, Swahili which does enjoy some use as a ...


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You're overlooking the fact that mobile telephony is a far more efficient way of connecting people in remote areas than is wiring up everyone's home. Governments and telecommunications companies, at least, have not overlooked this, so cellular connectivity is generally good in towns everywhere. You should certainly expect to find good cellular service and ...


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This area is called "Fushqa" (Arabic: فشقة), it's a border area between Sudan and Ethiopia which was disputed, now it belongs to Sudan. The structured area you see is a "modern" village, built by the government of Sudan for the local farmers to encourage them to stay since the land is fertile and being a disputed land with a few attacks ...


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I face similar problems travelling to winter locations. Stay hydrated. Keep water right where you sleep. Practice good skin care, moisturizers, lip balm, nasal moisturizer (yes, that's a thing ;) Bring/buy a room humidifier. Even boiling a pot of water will help. Sleep with you head under a sheet On the plus side, every day will be a great hair day!


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Whether it is possible to see the Red Sea from Ethiopia depends on Air conditions Altitude Whether the view is blocked by other high-altitude land or not For the last two points we have the website HeyWhatsThat, which uses information on topography to generate "views" from mountains all over the world. Browsing the map close to the Ethiopia-Eritrea border ...


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Take a look at http://www.claudiocorallo.com/ His story is amazing, and he is probably one of the best cacao producers in the world. They do the whole growing of cacao to sell and they produce their own chocolate also. I know of a friend that went to Claudios farm in S. Tome e Principe and they have a guided tour where they explain the whole process of ...


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Assumptions Let's make some assumptions: The question "how far can I see?" can be answered by asking "how far is it to the apparent horizon?" It is possible to calculate the distance from a point to the apparent horizon By this definition, a taller vantage point allows to see farther than a lower one The minimum height above sea level in Ethiopia is 2000m ...


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An acquaintance of mine has traveled extensively throughout Africa -- every country bar Rwanda and Somalia, to be precise -- and he did it using six different passports, with no problems. (And before you ask, he's a diplomat, and you need a lot of passports when traveling to tinpot dictatorships that take weeks to process visa applications...) In case that'...


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The other answers highlight why mobile networks might actually be your best bet for connectivity. LTE is available in all but the most remote places. I'd only consider satellite service as an emergency backup for when you are too far remote to get mobile coverage. The question then becomes how to get access to mobile networks as you travel. The traditional ...


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3G internet in Sierra Leone (which I'm currently using to write this answer :-)) is surprisingly good in Freetown, major cities like Bo and most spots on the peninsula. It's expensive by international standards, but not punishingly so. Outside of those areas, e.g. in the villages, there's very little, though in some places I believe some villages have ...


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To expand on the "cellular" part of the equation, I use a device from Skyroam (no affiliation) which basically gets a virtual local sim for you. It's not cheap if you want a lot of data, but it's great for checking your email and generally staying connected. Unlike a sim solution, you don't have to find out where to get a sim card, put the sim card ...


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Is it advisable to dive/snorkel in that region of the world? There is some recreational diving and snorkelling in Sierra Leone, but not much. As well as challenges related to the economic situation and low tourism, the water visibility is usually pretty bad (this is true for most of the West African coast), and the currents are complicated and strong - ...


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The beaches of Sierra Leone are perhaps the most beautiful beaches in the world. In case you were around in the 1980s and remember the Bounty (chocolate bar) commercials, featuring a gorgeous woman on an even more gorgeous beach, these commercials were shot in Sierra Leone. I don't think diving or snorkelling is a big thing in Sierra Leone, but it's ...


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If you are really on the lookout for cacao and chocolate from start to finish, Chuao in Venezuela is the place to go. They do not have an official 'assist on the plantation' arrangement, but local life revolves around the process, and you will certainly be able to see every part of it, and taste the products at various stages. In my opinion, the BEST ...


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Botswana is generally recommended as quite safe. The UK government's travel advisory seems to support this (if it sounds scary to you, just compare it with those of some countries you know - a "general threat of terrorism" seems to be listed for every single country in the world).


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There is no international ferry operating on lake Victoria, scheduled or otherwise. There is a scheduled ferry between Mwanza and Bukoba, both in Tanzania. It is possible, however, to travel from, specifically, Kampala to Mwanza, by boat. But, this basically requires going to the port and asking around for a berth on one of the cargo ships. I've not heard ...


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Info from 2010: If you stick on the main road you will find it asphalted nearly all the way. Each meter from Cape Town to the Tanzanian/Kenyan border is asphalted (through Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique). You will be amazed (roads have been financed and built by international charities). You will only do a few hours on dirt tracks in the whole trip. So from ...


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Of course it's possible, people do it every week every year. Last year I even cycled it (blog.samt.st) Is this highway passable from the start to the end with a normal car? Yes. The vast majority of cars in Africa are very old, so your 'normal' car will be fine. Are there dangerous regions that I have to cross? Northern Kenya was dangerous, now it's safe ...


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Define necessary. No one is going to report you to the authorities if you don't take meds; no one at customs is going to deny you entry if you don't carry them in. But failing to take prophylaxis seems unnecessarily risky, considering the potential consequences. There has been enormous progress eliminating Plasmodium falciparum from Zanzibar, through the ...


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It is not possible to climb Mt. Kenya in one day. The usual route is 3days. Also cars are not allowed in the whole park. What you could do is driving to the entrance and than walk to one of the huts at, let's say 3500meters. So it is definitely a several day long trip... But it's worth it. I went to Mt. Kenya from Sandai Farm. They organizided everything. ...


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The area where this memorial was built does not appear to be accessible to tourists at this time; as of 2014 the area was off-limits due to terrorist activity, and virtually every Western country warns its citizens against travel to Niger as of today. The foundation representing the crash victims and organizing the payout of the compensation money from ...


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Coming from the opposite and having asked exactly the opposite question here, switching between different climates is now very familiar to me. It really depends on the individual as some people just seem to adapt better than others. With time though, most do feel a little better but I personally never got completely used to high humidity places, so perhaps ...


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Something I have done in Thailand out in the country is I took an unlocked MiFi unit (purchased cheap on eBay) with me and get a local operator SIM card to put in it when I get there, then I taped the MiFi to the end of long bamboo and secured the bamboo so the MiFi was 4 or 5 metres or more in the air for a better signal, and I connected to WiFi it provided....


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A quick search from the capitals of the three countries to NYC or MIA shows no direct flights. Almost all of them stop in Morocco or somewhere in Europe, before continuing on to the US. However, and ignoring how effective a travel ban may or may not be on stopping Ebola, what it would consist of is written up quite well in this National Geographic article. ...


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Driving from Lusaka to Livingstone is straightforward. Most of the road is in reasonable enough shape, though last time I did the journey (about 4 years ago), there were still a few bad, potholed filled, stretches. But, even a regular (non 4x4) car will be able to do the journey fairly easily. There are several very reasonable hotels and guesthouses on the ...


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My fiancee and I were forced to do this twice, once from Rwanda and once from Sierra Leone. While it is a risk to be without your passport, we made sure to use FedEx/DHL to send our passports, that way they would be trackable.


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There does not seem to be a regular flight between Lilongwe and any European airport. For a same price, I would prefer a routing via Johannesburg. The flights to Ethiopia, Kenya or South Africa usually start in the evening. A flight to Ethiopia is 7 hours, Kenya is 8 hours and South Africa is almost 12 hours. This means that if you fly to Johannesburg you ...


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Since 1978 Côte d'Ivoire has been the world's biggest producer of cocoa with production of 1.65 million tonnes, more than nearby Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Togo combined (1.55 million tonnes) and West Africa produces two thirds of the world's cocoa crop. At the time this question was asked Côte d'Ivoire had no chocolate factory in country. However in May ...


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