I just joined Travellerspoint and wanted to introduce myself. I am from Zambia but live across Southern Africa or the SADC countries which include Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho. Yes I have family scattered all over these countries!
I have travelled to some countries in Asia, South America, Europe and been to Canada and the US. If you would like advice especially about travel to Africa, I'd be glad to help.
Hi Welcome to TP - looks like you have travelled quite a bit - lm sure there will be plenty of TPers wanting to pick you brains and get your advice!
Enjoy the site and l look forward to seeing you about the forums!
I am new to this forum too. I am going to be volunteering in Africa in November and I am very nervous about my trip. I have big plans and they will be starting in Zambia. I hope everything works out.
I will spent most of my time in the following countries:
Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Egypt.
Is there any advice you would give to a independent female traveller?
ie What to do? What not to do?
Another warm Travellerspoint welcome to you!!
You have been to sooooo many places that I would LOVE to see!!
Hope to see you around the forums!
Welcome, hope you enjoy the site - is't full of good advice and laughts.
I'm heading to SA late next year for a charity ride, so looking forward to seeing africa.
thanks so much for a warm welcome! YP, travel to Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya first off you will need to make sure you take malaria tablets prior to leaving. Make sure you have a mosquito net surrounding your bed when you sleep at night. I would recommend you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination if you didn't already get one.
US Dollars are the easiest foreign currencies to get around with. You should first try out different forex bureaus before changing your currency in order to find the best rates.
It would be safer to travel by the taxis not the buses. What you need to be careful of is being over-charged by the taxis, they like to take advantage of visitors. Tanzania is predominantly Muslim. All three countries are English speaking so it should be easy to communicate. In Zambia the main language spoken on the streets is Nyanja and in Kenya and Tanzania they speak Swahili.
If you find the time, visit Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest Mountain) the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania, the island of Mombasa in Kenya and the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia.
In Egypt, I found that USD also is easy to get around with. English is spoken so it should be fine. Also because its desert area, it gets very hot. Bottled water would be advisable to drink. Again, if you do find time, visit the pyramids and the sphinx, Lake Nasser (largest artificial lake in the world). Be sure to visit old Cairo, great place. And try to go sufi dancing as well!
Hope that helps.
Hi Trisha, and welcome to TP.
Hope to see you around the forums . . .
Welcome to TP!!
Wow, that' quite a scattering of family!! But, lots of travel too!
Enjoy your visits to TP and see you in the forums!
Make sure you have a mosquito net surrounding your bed when you sleep at night.
Welcome to TP Trisha!! Quite the travel resume you have!!
Just out of curiosity, how big are the mosquitos? Are they anything like the ones in Minnesota USA, the ones that swoop down from great heights and attempt to carry you off in their beaks? Or steal your car? Kidding....