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1. Posted by fiaxxx (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Im hoping to travel east africa in either mar/apr or may/june next year. for around 2 months
I was just wondering what is the best backpack and other equipment to take with me?

2. Posted by flir67 (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

a good map with every lake and water source available. a gps unit , solar charger, and water purification, food.

a way to find out the news on war torn countries.

3. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

The best packpack is the one that you are comfy with. There are 100's of them for all different shapes and sizes of people. No one backpack is good for everyone.
Water purification tablets are a good idea, but nowadays every African country has good quality bottled water. OK if you're right out in the bush where the natives have very little, then it won't be readily available so take a few bottles with you, or rely on the tabs. They're not always as good as what it says on the packet though, especially in remote regions where the bugs are beasts. Check what the locals are likely to be eating too. There are so many regions where they just eat a fresh kill with flour or grain. It isn't always the tastiest for us Westerners.
Mobile phones are very hit and miss out in the wilds of Africa. They normally work fine in bigger villages. You'll see nothing for miles, then all of a sudden right in front of you is a mast with loads of bits on top of it and you'll get 5 bars for a few miles before they all disappear again. Take a lightweight set of waterproofs too. The weather can be sunshine for a week, unbearably hot and the next day it can be just lashing down non-stop. Normally the seasons in Africa are very predictable, but there's always a chance of a sudden downpour. A good mosquito repellant is a must. There is no such thing as a cure for malaria.. Yet ! In the meantime visit your local centre for tropical diseases and ask them what the latest idea is. That is all they are at the moment, just ideas. Or visit your pharmacy and if they are not clued up on it, ask them to get in touch with someone who is. It is their duty to supply you with what is good for bites across the spectrum. Anti diarrhoea remedies are pretty much mandatory too. The runs in Africa are just ugh and can put you on your back for days. Handwashing is essential with a strong bleach or other form af anti-bac., but I still trust bleach more, despite what the scientists say about it.
A hat is necessary at all times in the heat too, to avoid getting sunstroke. Ever had it? It's as bad as the runs but with a different form of 48 hour suffering.
Take all this on board and you'll have a holiday that you'll never forget for all the right reasons. There are so many travellers that consider a RTW to be Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, blah blah etc. to be the ultimate, how wrong they are. Africa is a place to include on the trip to call it a 'real' RTW.
Hope that's been of some help.