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1. Posted by Jennig (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Hi all,

This is my first post on Travellerspoint...in fact my first post on any travel website!

I am looking at spending approx. 12 months travelling Africa (give or take a bit - no real time constraints only financial). Ultimately I would like to go down the west coast and then up the east coast. Somewhere in here I would like to do volunteer work. I have no fixed plans I realise things are open to change and I may end up staying in one place for as long or short as I want, thats the joy of so much time isnt it!

Anyhow I am looking for general advise on where to go/where not to go/ how to travel/ what is safe for a girl travelling alone/ am I best to try find a travel companion/ any advise on an overland trip for part of it? etc.

I would appreciate all help/advice that can be offered!!

Cheers,
Jenny

2. Posted by kadede (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

hi jennie im a kenyan from East africa how about coming to kenya?i would suggest a savvanna safari which combines the world famous sanctuaries of nothern Tanzania with Southern Kenya.There is no other safari offering the same breathtaking scenary and uneqelled wildlife viewing combining lake manyara,ngorongoro crater and serengeti in tanzania with Amboseli and maasai mara in kenya.
About volunteer work why not do it in kenya?Infact have always liked to do volunteer work and never got the chance how about me acompaning you on that? ,i was thinking of a childrens home or a home for the dissabled. Hope you will enjoy this.

Regards
kadede

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

from west to east Africa is possible though dangerous at certain areas. I read a book about a women who cycled from Senegal to Tanzania on her own (15.000 kms from Dakar to Dar-es-Salam). She even cycled trough the democratic republic of Congo (former Zaire) and was in Rwanda just before the genocide in 1994. You need a little girlpower to do it I think. Just avoid areas that are dangerous, especially the countries in central Africa.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting kadede

hi jennie im a kenyan from East africa how about coming to kenya?i would suggest a savvanna safari which combines the world famous sanctuaries of nothern Tanzania with Southern Kenya.There is no other safari offering the same breathtaking scenary and uneqelled wildlife viewing combining lake manyara,ngorongoro crater and serengeti in tanzania with Amboseli and maasai mara in kenya.
About volunteer work why not do it in kenya?Infact have always liked to do volunteer work and never got the chance how about me acompaning you on that? ,i was thinking of a childrens home or a home for the dissabled. Hope you will enjoy this.

Regards
kadede

she wants to travel from east to west Africa. You don't give an answer;)

5. Posted by Strider (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Hey

Sounds like an awesome trip...

Firstly, I would suggest sticking to the areas where you can travel from point to point and avoiding really dodgy areas. What I would suggest is starting in Namibia, going down the west coast to Cape Town, up the east coast, along to the Lowveld area (Kruger National Park) into Mozambique and then back inland to Botswana and into Zambia, then Malawi and Tanzania.

Volunteering is a great idea, South Africa has lots of opportunities for that, try looking up GVI (global vision international)they have lots of projects throughout Africa or Frontier who also have a few good things going. If you can find a travel companion it would be nice but not essential if you stay in the safer areas. I would spend time in Cape TOwn and along the east coast to meet friends etc. other definite spots of interest should be the drakensberg, fish river canyon, the Kruger National Park, Etosha, Maun (mailny for the locals), Okavango Delta, Inhambane in Mozambique, Coffee Bay (Bomvu Paradise will let you stay for free, if you help out around the backpackers, really nice people, lots of internationals, lovely beach and amzing culture - almost reminds me of the movie The Beach) on the wild coast... Actually there are too many places to mention...

PM (personal message) me for any further advice

Good luck and Enjoy it!!!

Cheers
Ian Pollard
Strider Expeditions

6. Posted by foxxy (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi Jenny,

If you are keen on Volunteer work look for a place in East Africa. Come down, mix up and stay in the rural villages meeting them and being there for them. No one will harm you that's for sure. Infact you can spice up your trip by forgetting about the city life and actually staying in a grass thatched house or masai manyatta. Your chores will be waking up, cleaning and then moving from village to village doing your work.

My advice to you is come over to Kenya!- KARIBU!( Welcome)

Regards,
Foxxy

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

Hello Jennig

I have been in Africa alone, a couple of times.
U dont necessarily need a traveling companion. But one is nice, if there is somebody in particular u would like to travel with. It can feel a bit strange sometimes, being the only white person around.

See that post, that Howie, put in this forum. It is called Travel ideas. Maybe Petercasie will also answer questions, for u, about safety, if u have more.

Mel.

8. Posted by mFORESTIRY (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

I recomment Uganda For gorilla tracking, Rwanda for the same, kenya for wildlife safari, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique, Swaziland for their art, west Africa, Tanzania for the animal migration, but some African countries have best season for their attractions.

I have just visited Uganda and had a good time when tracking gorillas with Abacus Vacations.

9. Posted by Jennig (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y


Thanks everyone for your help on this, I really appreciate it! I will keep checking out the forums for any advice that I can get (thanks for that tip about Peter Caise, Mel, I have been following that forum)

I am so inspired and excited right now, have decided to start the adventure in November on the west coast. Cannot Wait!!! Bring on the adventure..

Thanks again,

Jenny