Traveling to Africa during June/July. We are going to South Africa, Victoria Falls, Uganda (has anybody stayed at the Ngamba Island Sanctuary? Would love to hear from someone who has been there!), Zanzibar, Tanzania and Egypt (we are doing a tour in Egypt to all the major sites, The Red Sea and Alexandria).
If anyone has traveled to these countries and has any advice for us we would love to hear it! We are particularly concerned about diseases in these parts, safety, culture shock and luggage (too much of it!). We are first time travelers to these parts, and for me in particular, I have not traveled overseas in along time.
Would love to hear your experiences and travel stories,
I can't really talk about the other countries as I am no expert on them but I can give some advice on South Africa!
Luggage Resstrictions are generally round 23kg, but if you are flying on smaller plans it can down as low as 15kg... I suggest trying to take as little as possible, as you most probably pick up a few things on your way and then may find yourself having to pay extra tax on the way home... or worse... ditiching you newly acquired curios...
South Africa wise, I wouldn't worry about disease too much unless you are staying some really unuasal places. The tap water is good to drink and very clean, while I am sure you will be staying in lodges/B&B's/hotels who have impeccable health standards. If you are worried about Malaria, it is low season, and so the likelyhood that you get it is not likely but it is always wise to take precations, have loads of bug spray, cover up just before sunset etc...
SA is very different from Oz but not so different that you will be shocked into staying in your hotel the enitre time. Most people that come to SA for the first time are rather supprised to find it so buit up, while still having extremely rural areas at the same time... I am very sure you will enjoy your time here!
Safety in SA is currently quite a concern, but to be honest, if you take the necassary precautions you will be fine. Most of the crime takes place in the inner city areas and settlements found on the outskirts of large cities. So the likely of you wondering into one of these areas are low, as they are not usually found close to sites of interest to tourists. It is however wise to avoid travelling by foot at night, not to flaunt cash, camera and fancy jewellary around while out about (i.e. take a photo but put the camera away once you are finished with it, don't leave it on the table for everyone to see.). If you are still a bit wary about travelling due to safety reason it might be wise to take on a local guide who will escort and assist you, and in turn ensure your safety! Local guides on their own cost around R650 (ZAR) per day, and if you want a guide and a vehicle you are looking at around R2000 (ZAR) which would include fuel as well. You can send me a personal message for a list guides if you like.
Where are you going? Maybe I can suggest a couple of places for you to see, or places to eat etc... If you have any questions you are more than welcome to send me a personal message.
Anyway, best of luck
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i can't speak for uganda, but for everywhere else i don't think you should worry about diseases and that sort of thing. Just hit the travel doc, get the required vaccines and don't worry about it. Then cover yourself with bug spray at dusk, keep your hands clean when you eat, and take it easy. as for luggage, take less. you don't want to have to lug a ton of clothes you never wear. just bring the very basics. besides, you'll probably find something else along the way. how long are you going for? as for culture shock, just go with an open mind and a smile. if you aren't used to seeing poverty, that might be the biggest shock of all. but you'll also get the warmest welcomes and the friendliest smiles. you'll love every minute.
UGANDA TRAVEL INFORMATION
Uganda enjoys one of the best climates in the world. It is sunny and green all year around with two distinct rainy seasons stretching from March to May and September to November. However, rain can occur anytime. The temperature average 27C with the highest being 31C in the Karamoja and Kasese regions and lowest being 15C in kabale
Uganda lies astride the equator and bordered by Kenya in the east, Tanzania and Rwanda in the south, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west and Sudan in the North.The only African country with high altitude despite being right on Equator.Any question on uganda get in touch with our Travel and Tour Experts.
Airplane at Entebbe AirportEntebbe International Airport, which lies 40km from the capital Kampala, is serviced by a number of international airlines, including SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwandair Express, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Entebbe AirportCustoms and immigration officials are polite and efficient, and a visa - for those who require one - can be purchased on the spot at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Foreign exchange and ATM facilities are available at the airport, which is also serviced by several shops and restaurants. Most midrange to upmarket hotels in Kampala and Entebbe will arrange airport transfers by request, as will any tour operator based in or around the capital.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. It is advisable to drink bottled rather than tap water.
The unit of currency is the Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private bureaux de change in all large towns, but travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. Local currency can be drawn against Visa and other major credit cards at selected ATMs in Kampala, at Entebbe International Airport, and in a few other large towns.
Educated Ugandans are generally fluent in English, which is the official language. Of 30-plus different indigenous languages, Luganda serves as something of a lingua franca.
When to Visit
Uganda can be visited at any time, though mountain hikes, gorilla tracking and other forest walks are more challenging during the rains, which generally peak over mid-September to November and March to May.
What to wear
Daytime temperatures are generally warm to hot, so bring lots of light clothing. Evenings are cooler, especially at high altitudes, so carry a couple of light sweaters too. Those who intend to hike on the mountains will be exposed to alpine temperatures and should pack accordingly. Solid walking shoes and sturdy clothing are ideal for forest walks. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and a waterproof jacket.
What to Bring
A valid passport is mandatory, and visa requirements should be checked before you travel. To make the most of the game reserves and national parks, carry binoculars and field guides. Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or similar). Print film and developing is available in Kampala. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to organise a vehicle with a driver rather than self-drive.
Tipping is not standard practice at local hotels and restaurants, but it will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% at tourist-oriented restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped.
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