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21. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

Hi Peter,

After doing some research etc I've decided to do your plan in reverse. What I plan is:

Fly to Maputo, Mozambique and travel up towards Nampua. Go west into Malawi and go from Lilongwe up towards Karonga. Enter into Zambia and head towards Mpulungu. Head into Tanzania and go to Dodama and then head for Arusha for Mount Kilimanjaro and Serengeti wild park. Then head towards Rwanda. Finally from Rwanda enter Uganda and organise myself in Kampala and depending on money go trekking, and enter Kenya.

http://www.travellerspoint.com/my_map.cfm?tripid=21798

I was wondering if you would be able to advise me in regards to visa's and currency as I'm not sure how I even go about getting money for these places.

22. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Could not see your map, but by the description of it, it looks fine.
It is about the same as the one I suggested, but in opposite direction :)

For visa and currency: I've left that region a while ago, so I don't have the up to date info. I am not too sure what country you need visa for, given your nationality.. You might have to check on the web or with the embassies..
In general, you can get around with USD at each of those places, to changed to local currency at a bank (I would not use USD to pay daily expenses). It is possible they ask for USD at some points (park entrances?) for non-resident foreigners. Traveller cheques are widely accepted in the banks.. There are also money transfer services available in most capitals.

Double check the link to the map if you will, and i will have a last look.

rgds,

Peter

23. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

http://www.travellerspoint.com/member_map.cfm?itinid=21798&tripid=21798

My mistake.

I'll check for visa's this week then and where I can cross into each country from.

24. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Yep, looks good!

You might check if you want to stay along Lake Tanganyika going from Zambia up north.. Hitchhike, and after a while, take the ferry further North (for an adventure), and then go landinwards (with the train for another adventure?)

this will be a real good trip, lucky you!

Peter

25. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Howie87

I was wondering if you would be able to advise me in regards to visa's and currency as I'm not sure how I even go about getting money for these places.

Hello Howie

When I was out of the capital, in Uganda, I found it difficult to change money. I ended up having to borrow some, from another traveler, who was comming back to Nairobi, with me. It might be wise, to change enough, when u are in cities, to last until u get to the next city. But, it has been 8 years, since I was there, so maybe things have become easier.
I also had some trouble changing money, when I was off the beaten track in Kenya. I could not even pay for things, with my Kenyan notes, because they were too big, and they did not have change. The notes which were too big, were only worth around 5 euros.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 13, 2007, at 12:26 AM by Mel. ]

26. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Yeah, I agree with Mel.. Goes with most travelling to developing countries: change foreign currency in the main towns. But have local currency with you when going away from the towns. In smaller notes preferably.
Some real small ones too, always handy for tipping..

Peter

27. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

Quoting petercasie

Yep, looks good!

You might check if you want to stay along Lake Tanganyika going from Zambia up north.. Hitchhike, and after a while, take the ferry further North (for an adventure), and then go landinwards (with the train for another adventure?)

this will be a real good trip, lucky you!

Peter

Peter can you rephrase that I have no idea what you meant :(

I'm going to try and take £20 in every countries money that I can get here in UK, and then I will do as you suggest :)

28. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Howie

U usually get a better exchange rate, in the countries, than u would when buying their money, in England.
It is not such a problem changing money, in those countries, that u would have to change it in England. Just make sure u have enough, in small denominations, when u are going to villages and remote places.
All airports have exchange places. Banks in major cities can also change money. Fancy hotels sometimes change money. In smaller towns, the banks will sometimes also change money. Especially, if it is in dollars cash.;)

Mel

29. Posted by petercasie (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

You might check if you want to stay along Lake Tanganyika going from Zambia up north.. Hitchhike, and after a while, take the ferry further North (for an adventure), and then go landinwards (with the train for another adventure?)

Peter can you rephrase that I have no idea what you meant

Howie,

On your map, from North Zambia, you go almost immediately North East towards the Kilimanjaro. I suggest to stay alongside Lake Tanganyika going North, and only after a while to go landinwards.

'Going' north you might do overland, or taking the ferry.
Once you go landinwards, you might think of taking the train (in Kigoma), or road first and then train...

P.

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