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1. Posted by EJW2010 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Hi, I'm Emily and I am considering travelling around Africa with as little planning as possible, ie starting in Morocco and seeing what happens.
For all you travellers who have done anything like this or travelled extensively around Africa, is this possible or am I going to run into all sorts of problems regarding malaria tablets, innoculations against other nasty diseases, visas, etc? Any advice on safety/getting around/finding a cheap place to stay/options for short-term volunteer work or paid work etc?
Can any musicians advise on countries with happening music scenes?
My prior experiences in Africa consist of seven months volunteer work in Uganda.
I haven't done much research yet on where to visit but the countries that spring to mind so far are: Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Mali, South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda again obviously, maybe Kenya/Tanzania/Malawe, maybe Egypt and look forward to ploughing through other countries along the way.

Thanks
Emily :)

2. Posted by bellaouch (Inactive 19 posts) 6y

hello what kind of help u need about morocco .... and ready to give u help and info u need about my country peace and enjoy ur trip

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4. Posted by EJW2010 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Is there an entry visa you have to pay to get into morocco? Any advice on the cultured or scenic areas to visit?
And as for cameroon that sounds good but i'm not really into packages thanks! any advice on independent travel would be great, cheers.
Em :)

5. Posted by EJW2010 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

Is there an entry visa you have to pay to get into morocco? Any advice on the cultured or scenic areas to visit?
And as for cameroon that sounds good but i'm not really into packages thanks! any advice on independent travel would be great, cheers.
Em :)

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7. Posted by Cooljones (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

I have been to East africa mainly in Kenya,Uganda and tanzania and i explored the scenic features of the beautiful landscape.The Kenyan coast,Rift valley,Flamingos of lake nakuru,maasai mara which spreads to tanzania,wildebeasts all animals i had always yearned to see.I visited the bwindi in Uganda where i had a chance to see Gorilas.If you need to see chimps,Tanzania is the best place for you.Tanzania safari walks are exciting as one has a chance to walk through the vast landscapes.However you should be cautious of malaria so be sure to take antimalaria pills for prevention.About travel guides,I used an agent who ensured comfort and safety.They made sure I had a superb stay in East Africa.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

I haven't done much travelling in the area, but my recommendation would be to do a lot of virtual legwork.

IMO you do not need detailed travelling plans, but what you definitely need is being prepared for everthing in the visa and medical department. Try to find out as much as possible about visa requirements and health risks for the countries you are interested in.

For a start try

travel.state.gov
wikipedia
wikitravel
fco.gov.uk
your own country's foreign ministry webpage
TP travel guide
Lonely Planet website (Tip: take a look at the shop too, sometimes you can download the "planning and preparation" chapter of the guidebook for free)

Look at entry requirements, health risks, travel warnings,... It would be a good idea to make a file (or several) where you copy and paste all the relevant info country by country.

It might also be a good idea to go to a big bookstore and check out a lot of guidebooks. A good store might have a seat and a table and lets you take notes out of the guidebooks.

I'm not against your plan of going to Morocco and then see what happens, no I am all for it - but please don't do it without some basic preparation.

(For example it is almost impossible to get overland from Egypt to Morocco and vice versa. The reasons are the extremely-hard to get visa for Lybia, the unstable situation in Darfur, Sudan, the closed border between Morocco and Algeria and the islamistic groups operating at the border between Mali and Algeria. You should simply know stuff like this beforehand, so inform yourself of what is possible.)

When on the road you find out a lot of things as you go or when you are actually there, so don't fret about not being able to find information online about transportation from A to B in a certain country. But do worry about visa and health issues. (And money of course.)

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