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LUXURY TRAVEL ! - Africa

LUXURY TRAVEL !

SHONGOLOLO !


Want to see the natural grandeur of southern Africa and ride in comfort? Ride the Shongololo! So what does the word 'Shongololo' mean? It is a giant African Millipede the length of a man’s boot. Shongololo Express trains are like long Cruise Ships on land. They offer luxury travel that can take all the hassle out of some places in Southern Africa that you really want to visit. They offer luxury cabins, excellent chefs preparing authentic African dishes, local wines and professional staff. Packages range form weekends to 16-day treks. Each train has air-conditioned Mercedes Benz touring vehicles for days out with guides who speak English, German, Dutch and French. Adventures even include scuba diving, hot air ballooning and elephant rides.

All accommodations are self-contained cabins with air-conditioning and bathrooms. They also have a bar, dinning room, library, smoking lounge, laundry and the whole train is air-conditioned.

The Shongololo travels to 9 countries across southern Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania.

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Other Contact: info@shongololo.com

Phone: +27 11 483 0657 / 58 / 59

Type: Train

Website: http://www.shongololo.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2013
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ETHIOPIA - ON THE RIGHT - Africa

ETHIOPIA - ON THE RIGHT

LEFT OR RIGHT ?


Before you go and book that self-drive holiday adventure – you need to do your research. What side of the road do they drive on? The answer is both. I don’t mean at the same time, but that happens as well. I have a weblink below that will tell you so you can prepare. Driving can be dangerous enough, but driving on the wrong side would be a quick disaster. Please don’t forget that animals ignore the rules of the road and even sleep there.

Happy driving!

(If you would like specific advise on any of the African countries I have driven in - please let me know.)

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.i18nguy.com/driver-side.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 9, 2012
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YOU CAN DRIVE ACROSS THE CAPRIVI STRIP ! - Africa
YOU CAN DRIVE ACROSS THE CAPRIVI STRIP !

When I was planning my road trip across Namibia I had an African road atlas written by a certain company with the initials L and P. What a waste that was! It did not show the nice paved road right across the Caprivi Strip! It is an excellent paved and modern road. I kept seeing this out of date road atlas wherever I went, even in South Africa. The official Namibian Road Map shows this beautiful and fast road. You can drive the strip very easily and build up the speed you need to cover this huge area. Happy driving!

Mode: TO,AROUND

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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V.T. CRUISER - MOZAMBIQUE - Africa

V.T. CRUISER - MOZAMBIQUE

DRIVE YOURSELF

Drive? In Africa? Yes. They have car rental companies here and if you avoid the ‘major’ international companies, you cab get a great deal and have a safe car. What usually pushes up the price of any holiday is paying for a bus tour, driver and tour guide. This is where they make their profit. With your own car you go when and where you want to, stay as long/little as you like and you don’t have wasted time picking up other people from their hotels.

Design your own holiday!

I have driven their cars in: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

The rest of the information is about a fantastic car rental company in South Africa. I got a new car cheaper than from the large companies. I HAVE NOW USED THEM TWICE.

AROUNDABOUTCARS
A bit of a mouthful, but an excellent car rental company. They gave me the cheapest rates and you can take their cars into Zimbabwe. Many companies have stopped letting people go into Zim. Just tell them which countries you want to go to and they will prepare the paperwork.

They have modern cars, loads of locations and couldn't be more helpful and friendly.

After Hours/Weekend: +27(0)84 4224022
**If in Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit or Port Elizabeth you may use this number:
0860 4224022

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Other Contact: info@aroundaboutcars.com

Phone: +27 (21) 4224022

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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KLM - FROM EUROPE TO AFRICA - Africa
KLM - FROM EUROPE TO AFRICA

FLY KLM TO GET HERE! They have an extensive destination list in Africa and are usually the cheapest way to get here from Europe.

Why I like KLM:

• Always polite, friendly flight crews that seem to enjoy working with each other
• Fantastic booking website where you can search for flight 1 month at a glance!
• Great prices on long haul flights
• Free drinks! Just ask for more
• Comfortable planes
• Excellent in-flight entertainment (pictured)
• Good food (pictured)

You can join their Frequent Flyer Programme for free – it’s called Flying Blue. And you get to board the plane first – even if you have an economy ticket!

Great airline. Give them a Fly!

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Type: Airplane

Website: http://www.klm.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 28, 2008
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BEST INTERNET MAPS FOR PLANNING - Africa
BEST INTERNET MAPS FOR PLANNING

The best, and really only, street maps of many parts of Africa on the internet are provided by Via Michelin, the same Michelin folks who make car tyres good enough to drive across Africa. Please click on the link below and you wish you had found this website years ago. Good job Michelin!

(Please note: the photos are just roads I have driven on across Africa)

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/viamichelin/gbr/tpl/hme/MaHomePage.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 22, 2008
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KEEP IT TOPPED UP ! - Africa
KEEP IT TOPPED UP !

If you are driving yourself around Africa, you will need fuel. I know you already understand this concept, but just plan on not being able to get any. It can happen. Don’t let it happen to you! If you look at the pictures you can see some of these look very remote. They are. Sometimes it can be 100 miles between fuel stops along vast stretches of this huge continent. I arrived at such a place and found no fuel. Luckily I had kept it topped up. There are pictures here of places with no fuel, limited fuel and awaiting fuel being put into the stations tanks. Because the fuel stops can be remote as well, they have a hard time keeping topped up too! Always keep topped up or you may end up somewhere without accommodation.

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 20, 2008
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ROBOTS ! - Africa
ROBOTS !

The first time it happened I was driving and my local friend Johannes was giving me directions. Suddenly I heard him say “Look out for the Robot”. I thought he was crazy. Suddenly I saw red traffic lights and had to apply the brakes quickly. We came to an almost violent stop and Johannes was looking at me like I was crazy now. Now he says “I told you to watch out for the Robot”. I am now looking around for metallic coloured mechanical man. I still don’t see one. That’s when Johannes realises and tells me that Robots in South Africa are automatic traffic lights. Mystery solved. Mr. Robot turns green and away we go.

Mode: TO,AROUND

Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.arrivealive.co.za/pages.asp?mc=centres&nc=enatis

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 3, 2008
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THE TRANS-KALAHARI HIGHWAY - Africa
THE TRANS-KALAHARI HIGHWAY

Need to get across southern Botswana? The Trans-Kalahari Highway is a modern paved road across the desert. You can drive across the country in the better part of a day. The speed limit is 120 kph (74.5 mph), but who cares? There are no Police out here. You do need to be careful though. ONLY drive during the day and set off at sunrise if you can. Animals live all over the road. Lots of big animals including Ostriches, Donkeys, Horses, Goats, you name it. They are invisible and deadly at night. Also take 10-20 litres of water with you and check you spare tyre before you set off. There are petrol stations, but they are very far apart. Never set off without a full tank. You get very warm and bored on the very straight road and the radio stations are non-existent. This means you need to take breaks as you drive along. Be careful!

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Website: http://www.orusovo.com/nammap/transkal.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 10, 2008
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NOT IN NAMIBIA - Africa

NOT IN NAMIBIA

THEY DON'T SELL ROAD MAPS !

I grew up watching my family buy road maps at petrol garages (gas stations) whenever we were driving somewhere new. I learned to drive and occasionally bought a road map while I got fuel to continue my journey. You would EXPECT a place that sells fuel for cars, tyres, oil, and all that good stuff would sell you a map for the road you are now on. NO! Most petrol garages in Africa do not sell them! You have to go to a BOOKSTORE! Please remember this and prepare accordingly.

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Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 29, 2008
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