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Old 02-08-2015, 11:22 AM
 
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What kind of information can you give for someone in Africa for the first time in the summer months. Recommendations for what are the best or most interesting countries to visit where an English speaker would have the least difficulty? I am considering Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Gambia, and Namibia (would probably only go to one maybe two). Am open to other suggestions. Will probably be traveling single. What do you think about group tours?
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Old 02-08-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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I've heard that Ethiopia has suddenly and inexplicably beclme very expensive, but everyone who goes there loves it. But not a lot of English is spoken. South Africa is not "true Africa", in that is is very Europeanized., andn personal security could be a problem for strangers who don't know their way around. Namibia is very desolate, with huge spaces of nothing for hundreds of miles around a pretty westernized and uninspiring capital.

That leaves Ghana and Gambia. Ghana is truly African, fairly well developed and organized but still an Africa experience. Probably a good choice for a first trip to Africa. Gambia is a lot more rustic, with transport slow and difficult and amenities challenging, unless you just go there and hang at the beach. One advantage of Gambia is the fairly cheap air fares into nearby Dakar.

I originally added a comment here about whether to use a group tour, but I decided to create a separate thread about that, qv.

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Old 02-08-2015, 04:40 PM
 
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There is no uniform or unique advice or info on all these countries, every country is different with different culture, landscape, politics ,people and history
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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There is no uniform or unique advice or info on all these countries, every country is different with different culture, landscape, politics ,people and history
I am looking for responses from people with experience traveling in Africa and have information that would be useful for a traveler whatever parts of Africa they have visited. Like jtur's post for example was quite informative.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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On your list, I have visited Ethiopia and I enjoyed it a lot.

English may be a problem when talking to locals, but the tours I went on had guides that could speak sufficient English. I didn't go in the middle of summer but bear in mind if you do go, it will be the monsoon for the majority of the country. Are you male or female? I guess it would be fine travelling single as a man, but if you plan on visiting the Danakil Depression, I suggest you go as a group.

Out of the list I would pick Ethiopia and Ghana, and maybe Namibia.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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What kind of information can you give for someone in Africa for the first time in the summer months. Recommendations for what are the best or most interesting countries to visit where an English speaker would have the least difficulty? I am considering Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Gambia, and Namibia (would probably only go to one maybe two). Am open to other suggestions. Will probably be traveling single. What do you think about group tours?
Of those countries, I only went to Ethiopia, and I only went to Addis Ababa. Prior to going, I had heard that Ethiopia would be the one country with the largest language barrier (as it was never cut up and colonized with a strong european power - briefly Italy was there, but no Italian language is there).

But, Addis Ababa was quite easy to get around and do everything with English. I didnt even think about it as an issue or problem at all. Occassionally, I'd meet someone who couldn't speak to me, but it seemed more the exception than the rule.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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You will enjoy Ghana and The Gambia.They are nice people.
When In Banjul, Gambia your trip might coincide with those festivals during which the President loves dancing with the crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=022sv86UzfE
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:58 AM
 
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How about Kenya?
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:37 PM
 
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I only went to Egypt in South Africa of those countries that to it was solo travel. But, I had taken the help of the well known travel agency Complete Egypt. I enjoyed a lot there and learnt many things about ancient Egypt. Egypt is the fascinating place for tourist. Luxor temple, Cairo city, Pyramids and the Nile river are the famous place in there.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:32 AM
 
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Well if you have any questions about South Africa, lemme know
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