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1. Posted by davehogge (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

My wife and I are planning a RTW trip to commence January '07. We'd appriciate any input from travelers experienced in the regions we're scoping out, or suggestions on alternatives. I'm particularly interested to see if people feel we're giving each area enough time for adiquite exploration.

Here goes:

New Zealand (1 month)
Australia (1 month)
India (2 months)
Moscow & Trans-Siberian Railroad (1 month) *
China (2 months)
South & Eastern Africa (2-3 months) **

  • - We're looking for info on travel between India & Moscow. I'd like to look at hitting Samarkand and Tashkent on the way to Moscow. Anyone with details on these area's?
  • * - For sure hitting South Africa and interested in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Ethiopia

What does the peanut gallery think?

2. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 10y

Not really got any helpful info for you to be honest so please excuse me for interupting this thread......... Asia and South Africa should be a big MUST though.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

hi, nice trip.
I wondered if this is random order by the way. I would do after new zealand and australia, China first. Maybe fly with Cathay pacific to hongkong, from cairns? Then 2 months in China and in Beijing you can manage your tickets for the transsiberian railway. Maybe do the mongolian part and stop for a week or so to do some travel there?
If you are not tired of travelling by train, there are trains from moscow through Kazachstan to Tashkent. After visiting Uzbekistan, you can travel overland through Kirgistan or Kazachstan to Western China and do the Karakorum highway to Pakistan and then crossing to India. From Mumbai I think there are sufficient flights to Mombasa or Nairobi for sure.
Eastern africa is probably the best for safari, just as south africa by the way. As I may suggest, fit in Namibia for that reason, but also because of the really nice landscapes, really, you won´t regret it. If you rent a car in south africa, it´s not that expensive anyway. Uganda has the best chances of seeing the gorillas, but try to buy tickets for that about 3 months ahead if you are able.
By the way, if you have only one month in australia, try to stick with a small part, for example sydney-cairns or sydney-alice springs. well, it´s still a big trip but if you like driving, it´s no problem.
Have fun and enjoy! Michael.

4. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Dear Dave,

pretty much doing the same trip right now but taking 2 years for it, you are going to have to break China into two segments since they only issue 30 days visas.

You'll want to spend a couple of weeks minimum in Mongolia on your TS leg or you can do it as the breakup between legs of China (which is what we did). July is the best time to be there when the Naadam festival is going on.

Moscow is honestly a little disappointing - St. Petersburg is a prettier city with more to see.

Also.. after china you are desperately going to want to relax a bit - China is a tough place to travel. If you can speak a bit of mandarin you'll find it much easier. Get off the beaten tourist path to places like Harbin, Datong, Wutai Shan and Leuyoung for some more pleasant experiences. Oh.. and just my opinion but if you are going to do inner Mongolia plan it well in advance and travel with someone who speaks the language - you can pretty much forget english out there and you'll get screwed at every turn otherwise.

mail me if you want to talk specifics, or you can glance at my blog.

best to you.

5. Posted by davehogge (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

30 day visa's. This is good to know. I'll have to drop you a mail soon. Thanks for the intel.

~d