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o Travelling from Zambia to South Africa
o Books about Africa
o Wild animals - How to react
o Foreign embassies and visa prices in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Travelling from Zambia to South Africa
Here is some info about the prices in July'04 for the transport form Zambia to South Africa:

BUS
* Lusaka - Johannesburg
. 170'000 or 220'000 Kvacha (~35$ or ~45$, depends which company you choose). Most of them have offices in InterCity bus station in Lusaka. One of the best companies "Linking Africa" have office a bit south from Cairo Road, next to the Chinese Restaurant "Grate Wall" (or similar name). These buses travel via Zimbabwe, which means the one needs Zimbabwian visa (~45$). Here is the information about which countries need visas and where to get them: Zim visas.
* Lusaka - Gaborone. Price is ~35$-40$.

PLANE
(For the plane expect to spent additional 20$-30$ in the airport for so called "departure tax")
* Lusaka - Johannesburg. South African airlines - ~220$ one way.
* Livingstone - Johannesburg. NationWide Airlines ~115$ one way.
by augustas, created: 30/11/2004 [botswana, south africa, zambia, zimbabwe]
Books about Africa

I read some books about Africa and would like to recommend a few of them when preparing going to Africa. Unfortunately, all of them are in German, but I will try to translate title thus maybe you can find it in English or another language, too.
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Sieben Jahre im Sattel: Durchgedreht - Weltanschauung auf Rädern (German)
Le Chant des Roues (French)
Seven years on bike: Crazy - View of world on wheels (English - free & direct translation by Katja)
Author: Claude Marthaler
Publisher: Reise Know-How Verlag
Year: 2002
ISBN: 2-88086-277-9

Claude was traveling seven years around the world and all by bicycle. When coming to Africa he traveled from Cape Town through South Africa, up to Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco. The trip through Africa last about 1,5-2 years.
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Afrika - Das letzte Abenteuer - Die Geschichte eines Safariführers (German)
Dangerous Beauty. Life and Death in Africa: True Stories From a Safari Guide (American)
Author: Mark Ross
Publisher: Argon Verlag, Berlin and Verlag Hyperion/Talk Miramax Books, New York
Year: 2002 (in Germany), 2001 (in US and Canada)
ISBN: 3-596-15596-7

Mark Ross is a guy living for many years in Kenya working as a Safari guide. It is a personal history how he became Safari guide including stories about his life, his love to Kenya, animals and difficulties he had to face especially during his life in Kenya. It is a fantastic book not only when you want to learn about wild animals but what else you might face when living in Africa.
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more books soon

by Katja, created: 26/06/2004 [botswana, burkina faso, cameroon, central african republic, gambia, guinea, guinea-bissau, kenya, malawi, mali, mauritania, morocco, mozambique, niger, nigeria, senegal, south africa, tanzania, uganda, zambia, zimbabwe]
Wild animals - How to react

I read the book "Between Cape Town and Kalahari". The author is Rainer M. Schröder. He and his wife went together on a trip through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. They had some friend called Willy in that book, who had 20 years experience with doing safaris and wild animals. Here I translated myself some important information:

LIONS

There is no need to be afraid of lions when meeting them in the wilderness. Lions are not up to search the near of human beings, especially they are not searching for men as victims. The reason is that they hunt for what they have learned during their "childhood". That means, everything they are interested in are animals being on the "menu" the mother provided them as tasteful and worth to hunt. Lions need a special technic to hunt animals and as men are not in their natural life circle they never learned which technic to use for hunting them. There are lion specialists i.e. that hunt buffalos because in their region are very much. If buffalos leave that area and only zebras and other animals are left, they have difficulties in hunting them. They are not sure which technic to use best because in the first 24 months of their life they learned only to hunt buffalos. Lions are always doing that what they have learned from their mother.

Elephants

There is no danger as long as the elephant does not feel threatened, but you never know what the elephant thinks. So if elephants react angry and start to follow you (a very sign for being angry), it is good to have some cloth (i.e. t-shirt) that spoils by perspiration. You should take that and throw behind you when you are sure the elephant goes after you. Elephants do not have good eyes, they rely more on their nose. So when throwing a sweated cloth the elephant will think this is what he did not like to be in it is area. The elephant will thus attack the cloth in its blind rage. That will give you time to escape - thus RUN!!! (an elephant can sprint from 0 to 50 km/h in a (few) seconds)

You should try to find out, too, from where the wind blows. Go against the wind.

It helps to make noise that the elephant does not know to make him leave from you. For example, when hitting a metal (car) with a stick. This kind of noise is not natural and not known to the elephant. Thus he will better leave as he does not know if it is a sign of danger.

One more thing: Elephants hate clapping of hands.

Giraffe

You can follow giraffes in case you search a way out of a dangerous situation. Or just in case to search a safe way to get through some area. The reason why is that giraffes are very tall and can scan the area. If there would be any danger, they would not walk there. It is good to know when wanting to cross a river, as there could be crocodiles.

Leopard

You have to be very quiet because it really hates noise and it can turn wild.

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Anyway, always rely on your own instinct, too.

Katja, augustas, updated: 22/05/2004, created: 08/05/2004 [angola, benin, botswana, burkina faso, cameroon, central african republic, chad, congo, congo (zaire), cote d'ivoire, equitorial guinea, eritrea, ethiopia, gabon, ghana, guinea, kenya, liberia, malawi, mali, mauritania, mozambique, namibia, niger, nigeria, rwanda, senegal, sierra leone, south africa, sudan, swaziland, tanzania, togo, uganda, zambia, zimbabwe]
Foreign embassies and visa prices in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Kenya (tel: 610033, 610333) - $50 for the visa it takes one day or two plus one picture
Tanzania (tel: 518155, 511063) - $ 50 for the visa it takes one to two days to get the visa and two pictures
Uganda - $30 for the visa it takes one to two days to get the visa and two pictures
Mozambique (tel: 719056) - 80 Ethiopian Birr it takes one to two days to get the visa and two pictures
Malawi (tel: 615866) - 600 Ethiopian birr it takes about two days and two pictures
Zambia (tel: 711302, 711566) - $25 for the visa it takes two days plus two pictures
Zimbabwe (tel: 613877, 613872, 613476) - 384 Ethiopian Birr it takes five working days to get the visa, you must have Yellow Fever booklet and with two pictures.
by bruck, augustas, created: 31/03/2004 [ethiopia, kenya, malawi, mozambique, tanzania, uganda, zambia, zimbabwe]