Where in Africa?

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Aug 28th, 1998, 10:02 AM
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Grabowski
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Where in Africa?

I'm looking for suggestions for an adventurous trip to Africa. Perhaps some expeditions. Does anyone have any information as to any destinations that won't break my budget.

Any help is appreciated!!!

 
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Sep 2nd, 1998, 09:32 AM
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We just returned from 2 weeks in S. Africa and Zimbabwe and several of the most adventurous and memorable places we went to were located next to Matusadona National Park on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. The first was Water Wilderness where you stay on your own private houseboat (bedroom, bath, and veranda) and take a canoe back and forth to the mother ship for meals. There are only 4 houseboats / maximum 8 guests. We had a wonderful guide named Dudley who took us on morning game walks . In the afternoon, there is a sunset cruise where you can go see game from the boat then view a spectacular African sunset behind a herd of elephants or buffalo. The other place we stayed on Lake Kariba was Kipling's Lodge. The accomodations consisted of luxurious thatched roof huts which were open to views of the cove and lake. Activities included morning game walks, afternoon canoeing or fishing, and evening sunset cruises. Our guide there was Foster (nicknamed the lion man) who was very knowledgable and managed to track lions for us - we got pretty close on foot. Neither of these lodges is inexpensive; however, the price of approximately $500 US per night includes all activities, food, and beverages (including alcohol). Another great spot to visit in Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls where you can stay relatively inexpensively. For adventure, there is white water rafting on what folks say is the most difficult river in the world (the Zambezi River), bungee jumping. canoeing, riding a microlight motorized hanglider. The falls themselves are spectacular. A good place to stay is the Ilala Lodge right in the center of town. We also went to Cape Town and enjoyed the city and the area (Cape peninsula and wine country). For other safari adventures, there are two large parks: Kruger in S. Africa and Hwange in Zimbabwe. We visited Hwange, which was teeming with wildlife. We stayed at Detema Lodge which I wouldn't recommend due to limited activities. The Hwange Safari Lodge is a bigger hotel, but offers activities morning, noon, and night. We met a number of people who were doing a lot of traveling around Africa, and the general concensus was that Kenya was getting overcrowed but Tanzania was a great place to see the animals. Good luck in planning your trip. Don't hesitate to contact us if we can answer any questions.
 
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Sep 11th, 1998, 11:55 AM
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Dear fellow traveller, it all depends on the type of adventure you are looking for. My experiences in West Africa were fantastic. The culture is so alive, the music, dance, ceremonies and performaces were true to tradition and extremely entertaining. There is not an abundance of wildlife if Safari is what you are looking for. My favorite cities to visit, if you enjoy nightlife, museums and shopping at the markets for ethinc goods are Dakar, Senegal; Bamako, Mali; Conakry, Guinea and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
There is a beautiful tropical island off the west coast of Guinea called Room Island. You can take an old fishing boat from the ports of Conakry. The locals will be happy to help you and will probably like to escort you. We stayed in a wonderful village, Baro, in the Hammanah region in east Guinea. A beautiful river runs through it and we were served the best food and treated like Kings and Queens our whole stay. The locals in Kankan, Guinea can help you. You may mention the name Mansa Camio– he was our guide and that is his family. Lush green mango trees, rivers and rolling hills were throughout Guinee. Not to mention the ocean on the west coast.
Dakar, Senegal is a wild place. Some nice beaches and the best music around. Dancing in the streets everyday. Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso was my favorite. Warm friendly people with big hearts. Delicious and cheap food. Most families throughout west Africa will take you into their homes saving you the expenses of hotels. Of course donations are always welcomed and appreciated. Don't miss the National Ballets or any opportunities for a Fete, performance. See my listing under Explore West Africa on this site for information about a slide show I will be having in the near future. Karen

 
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