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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2016
tripe to St Helena Island to look for a greener pasture  (2 Answers)

Friends, I want to travel to St Helena Island on January 2017, how much will it cost me from Nigeria and how would I get my visa, I also need someone who will harbour me for some weeks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 12, 2016
Help us plan our Africa trip?! Where have you been?  (4 Answers)

Hello from Australia, 

My partner and I are planing our 2016/2017 Africa trip. November- Febuary! 

  • Uganda (Nov-Dec)
  • Kenya (NYE)
  • Tanzania (Jan)
  • Zanzibar (Jan)
  • Malawi (Jan/Feb)
  • Zambia (Feb) 

We have a few questions we're hoping someone could shed some light on: 

1. Have you been on the TAZARA train line- what was your experience like?

2. Have you been on the ILALA FERRY- what was your experience like?

3. Is Malwai worth while visiting in Jan/Feb- we have heard it rains A LOT!!! 

4. Any travel tips on getting around africa? 

Any information willl be helpful- looking forward to hearing your answers! 


Emily + Nick :) 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 02, 2016
Best place near Cape town for two days on garden routh  (2 Answers)

hi how can I best plan my 8 days in South Africa. I am planning for a wildlife safari 3 days and rest in and around cape town with some drive to mossal bay for a day or two. pl advise

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
Favorite National Parks in Kenya or Tanzania, Highlights?  (1 Answer)

We are in the initial stages of planning a trip to either Kenya or Tanzania/Zanzibar or Madagascar for 2017. We have already done traveling and safaris in So. Africa / Botswana / Zambia / Namibia. As there are many parks in both countries and we will only have 12-17 days are there any parks, sites, excursions etc. (such as the ballooning) that really stand out? I realize that given the time they all are good and they all are different in their own way but if it came down to Masai Mara or Serengeti or Ngorongoro Carter which would you choose and which ones would deserve a day as opposed to several. Just trying to get some first hand insight in putting an itinerary together. We will probably get to them all one day. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 26, 2016
Travel tips West-Africa (Senegal area)  (17 Answers)

Hello, I have been to Southern Africa (South Africa, Lesothi, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia) and I would like to return to Africa but this time instead get a feeling about the West-Africa area.

I have a month to my disposal, and I am not a person who value comfort but rather surroundings and getting a feel of the local culture, so which safe countries would you recommend for that purpose?

I have been told that Senegal is a good base to start from, and that Gambia/Guinea Guine-Bissou also can be interesting, but I would appreciate all information that could be useful for a West-Africa experience. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 15, 2016
Travelling through west Africa  (6 Answers)

I would like to travel from Senegal to Nigeria crossing through all the countries in between.
Is it possible to do so using only land transport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 27, 2016
Kenya Safari  (1 Answer)

Hello Travellers,
I'm planning a safari camping trip to Kenya for month of July. Some places will be Lake Nakura National Park,
Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara National Park, Loita Hills, Nairobi.....
How cold is the camping safari weather in July in Kenya during night time for sleeping in tent?
How and what should I be prepared?
Also weather day time is it cold or warm?

If anyone experienced please share.
Any advice is appreciated.
Cheers :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 23, 2016
Zanzibar question  (5 Answers)

Hello travellers,
I am planning an East Africa tour which ends in Zanzibar Nungwi.
However I like to extend my stay in Nungwi and stay couple of days (like 5-6 days) and explore myself.

Couple of questions:
1) Is it worth to stay in Nungwi more than 3 days? Anything to explore around?
2) As a female solo travellers, is it safe to stay in Nungwi, Zanzibar all by myself and explore?
3) Will it be safe to take a cab back to the airport by myself at the end of my journey?
4) I heard the ride to airport is approx 1h30min? Is it true?

Please any advice, help for Zanzibar is very very appreciated
Thank you much in advance
Cheers :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 21, 2016
Tourist Visa for Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania  (3 Answers)

Hello travellers,
I'm planning East Africa trip to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and my question is about tourist visas. (I'm USA citizen.)

Can I get visa upon arrival for any of these countries?
Has Anyone lately experienced how the visa situation works?

Please any information will be helpful.

Cheers :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 23, 2016
Drive times in 4x4  (7 Answers)

I would like to know the drive times for each leg of this route please
Nairbi - Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru - Bogoria
Bogoria to Baringo
Baringo to Naivisha
Naivisha to Masai Mara
Masai Mara down through Sand river border crossing into Serengeti through to Ngorongoro crater
Ngorongor to Amboseli
Amboseli to Tsavo West
Tsavo West to East
Tsavo East to Mombassa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2015
Holiday in Dec / Jan  (2 Answers)

I want to go on holiday end of December and start of January with my family. A 6 year old and a 3 year old. Would like a place which is both fun for the kids and relaxed and not too hot. Any suggestions?

I am based in Dubai

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 05, 2015
Huge trip through south eastern Africa  (2 Answers)

Hi,my wife has a conference in Dubai next July and I have hatched what may be a plan too far beyond the realms of possibility, I'd love to get some feedback on if it's possible economically or time wise, whether it's safe for two 30 something Australians, etc.

Thinking flying Sydney-Dubai-Nairobi. 2 days there including safari and a trip to Kilimanjaro (not to climb the summit).

Then Nairobi - Bulawayo, and train to Vic Falls.

Then Vic Falls/Livingstone to Cape Town

Finally Cape Town - Durban - Joburg - Sydney.

Vic Falls could also end up just being Nairobi-Vic Falls-Cape Town, without the Bulawayo train (although I've heard it's an amazing experience).

We'd be hoping to do all this in 3 weeks to a month.

How much is decent hotel accommodation in Nairobi/Bulawayo, and what kind of accommodation is available at Vic Falls?

How expensive are internal flights, and how reliable are the airlines? I think BA and SAA serve most routes.

Thoughts/advice/suggestions appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 13, 2015
How difficult is it climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro  (1 Answer)

Hey, so I am planning on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in November with a group of friends.This would be my first mountain trek in a while and I wanted to know how difficult it is to do the climb. Do I need to do a lot of strength and endurance training? I'm currently jogging every morning for about 4 miles. Is that enough?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 10, 2015
I want to volunteer with animals/monkeys. Where to start my search?  (3 Answers)


my name is Julia and I would like to volunteer in Africa. I am from the Netherlands and 19 years old. I passed my A-levels :) this year and want to take my gap to my studies to do voluntary work. I prefer to volunteer in Africa because I am fascinated about this continent and the culture!

I really like animals and my dream is to volunteer at a monkey sanctuary. I googled some volunteer positions but they seem to be very expensive. Is there any website with cheap volunteer programs? Maybe a website to compare volunteer programs from different organisations?

Thank you so much in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 03, 2015
Kenya or Tanzania?  (11 Answers)

I am interested in touring one of Kenya or Tanzania. Can you please tell me which one should I choose and why? I also wanted to know some places or attractions within them - that can help me decide. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2015
Travel companion North West Africa  (3 Answers)


I'm a 31 y.o Australian female, with quite a lot of travel experience, especially on the African continent.
Flights will be booked in the next week or so, but I'm aiming to be arriving in Morocco (probably into Tangier from France) at the start of November this year. The rough plan is to travel overland through Morocco, down through Western Sahara, Mauritania and into Senegal. From there I'll be passing through Mali to meet up with people in Ouagadogou (Burkina Faso) at the end of December. That makes it approximately 2months. Aiming to wander, hike, take local transport, and listen to lots of good music.

Anyone keen to join me on this adventure??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 06, 2015
Visiting Lusaka  (1 Answer)

I'm going to Lusaka for a week this month (March 2015). What are the best options for transport in the city? Are there any B&B or guest house accommodations you'd recommend?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 24, 2015
Tour Company  (2 Answers)

Looking for a African Safari Tour Company for 2016 trip. Any suggestions ? ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 29, 2014
Any country in Africa for me,?  (8 Answers)

Hey guys
ive recently been looking around countries I could visit in 2015, there are a few countries like South Africa in Africa, but could any other countries b worth for me, (I'm not a fan of animals, or deserts!)
Are there any countries in Africa which could b interesting?

Thanks in advance! 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 20, 2014
Solo traveller in group travel  (1 Answer)

I am based in India and an travel enthusiast. Is there any reliable organizer for solo traveller in group travel? There are a few I have seen on internet but have little idea about them.

Another question. I plan to write my travel adventures that I look forward to making my profession in coming time. Any tips in this regard would be helpful. I am completely new in this area.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 17, 2014
Who has been affected by the troubles in Africa.  (3 Answers)

Africa is my favourite destination, sadly it is being hit by several problems, like Ebola and terrorism.

East Africa has AL Shabab which is affecting tourism in that area and now the Ebola is driving tourists away from West Africa, not to mention civil unrest in North Africa.

I would have gone back to Africa this year had it not been for health reasons, but I just wonder how many members have either rearranged their 'hols' or cancelled them altogether.

Of course it goes without saying that there many parts of Africa that is not affected by troubles of any kind.

I would like to know your views.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 18, 2014
RTW trip - what to pack?  (7 Answers)

We are going on a trip around the world, and will be traveling for about a year. We will be going to several countries in Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as to New Zealand and Australia. We plan to stay in hostels or camp (if possible). We are hoping to do quite a bit of multi-day hikes. There are a couple of things we are wondering about. Any thoughts on whether to bring sleeping bags vs. sleep sacks/sheets. Is there any sort of a lightweight, packable blanket out there? Also, we are wondering if anyone has suggestions on what to bring for dishes... Utensils? Bowl or plate? Pots for cooking? Camp stove?
Thanks in advance for the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 12, 2014
Cape Town to Marrakech ? Best way to get there?  (2 Answers)

Hi all,
So I've been trying to roughly plot out our trip for next year, and once we are done with our tours in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa, we are then heading off to Morocco.
We need to get to Marrakech, and from what I can tell, the only way to do this is CT - Dubai - Casablanca - Marrakech. Less than ideal. Has anyone gone any other way?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 09, 2014
Cameroon, Gana, Ivory Coast, Guiné-Concri, Guiné-Bissau, Gambia and Senegal  (12 Answers)

I´m planning an holydays to November to go go west Africa. I just have 3 weeks.
I was thinking about starting e Douma, then climb the mount cameroon, get the flight to Accra and them all by bus until Dakar. I don´t care about facilities ou confort and i´m used to travel many kms in few days. I´m not looking for beach. Just contact with the people in the towns, villages and landscapes. I´m not looking to find tourists especially the ones who goes to Africa but like to sleep in fancy hostels or expensive hotels. Do you think is too much in 3 weeks? What´s the way that you suggest? I prefer to use just public transportation than personal driver.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2014
From Addis to Pretoria by bus and train  (6 Answers)

Hi Guys
I recently posted about getting from Addis Ababa to Pretoria via trains but that seemed to be a bit of a dead end so I've done a bit more research and it looks like trying to get the bus most of the way seems far the better option.
I've planned an initial basic route from Addis > Nairobi (via Moyale) > Dar Es Salaam > Lusaka > Livingstone (for the Falls) > Harare > Pretoria.
If anyone has travelled any of these routes and has some tips that they could share then please do! If anyone knows a more direct or easier route then also please get involved. I was planning to give myself about 15 days to make the trip - is this a reasonable amount of time?
I've read that routes and bus operators are not always reliable and that some operators that were prevalent a couple years ago are all but extinct so keeping up to date on that side of things will be a priority.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2014
Train from Addis Ababa to Jo'burg  (2 Answers)

Hi guys
Has anyone had much experience of travelling from Addis Ababa to Johannesburg by train? I'm going to a conference in Pretoria in October and thought I may as well have a little adventure on my down so thought I might fly down to Addis from London and then travel the rest of the way by train. I have a friend who lives in South Africa and he says he knows some people who have made this trip so would be very interested in doing it. Any feedback/advice you guys can give would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 19, 2014
Online Shopping Store for Diplomats  (1 Answer)

I would like to know list of good online shopping store that supplies to diplomatic mission.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 30, 2014
Where to go in April?  (5 Answers)

I have a month break in April and looking for somewhere to visit with culture, sun and water. Cuba was on top of my list but my travel mate would not consider breaking the US law of going there. IndoChina (Cambodia, Vietnam) was another idea but I read that April is the worst month to go because it is very hot. Thought about East Africa too. But it rains a lot on April and therefore it is hard to do safari during this time of year.

Any great idea out there? Please help :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 21, 2014
Has anyone used the tour company for a holiday to South Africa?

Has anyone used the tour company for a holiday to South Africa?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 12, 2014
yellow fever vaccinations  (2 Answers)

We're travelling to Victoria Falls Zambia in April and will be there for 3 days then flying on to Cape Town South Africa. The area we are staying in in Zambia does not have a yellow fever problem but all sights say that if you then travel onto South Africa you must have had yellow fever. Does anyone have any experience of this as it seems a bit extreme for 3 days when its only a slight risk in the far north of the country not the south where we will be?

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