How do I plan a holiday in Africa?
You seem to travel quite a bit, Dave, so I thought perhaps you could help me with some tips on how to plan a visit to Africa? I've been to most of the continents and really want to explore the African wilderness before it's all ruined by developers and commercial ventures, not necessarily a safari, just traveling to get a sense of the place and its peoples. Too far off the beaten track for Ask Dave Taylor?
I actually don't think that I have traveled as much as you think. I've only hit two continents so far, for example, though there are clearly more in my future as a traveler. Sounds like you have more experience than I do as a traveler, really.
However, I recently was chatting with the Rian Bornman who runs a quite attractive and informative African travel site called Venues 4 Africa and asked him your question to see what he'd suggest. Here's his answer:
When planning a holiday there are three things that never change. Where do you want to go? What is your budget? Which type of accommodation do you prefer? With this in mind Venues4Africa.com created a QuickSearch to ensure you find what you're looking for quickly.
Sounds pretty exciting to me! Now, there are plenty of different travel information sources for various destinations in Africa in addition to Venues4Africa, of course, and I would definitely encourage you to check out Wikipedia for background information, for example, and then check out the U.S. State Department's Travel Guide to find out about the political situation in a given country before you blunder into what could be a dangerous situation too. But generally, I hope that'll help you get started with your planning, good luck to you, and don't forget to send pictures!
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