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 Post subject: Who is ready to travel to Africa?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:00 pm 
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I'm going to be doing yearly trips to Africa next year, I may alternate with Malawi and Tanganyika or do both if I can.
I'm starting to develop contacts in Victoria, so that may happen.

At any rate i'm looking at taking 6-8 people.
Looking at 7-10 days.

For Tanganyika.
Flights to DES are running 1500-2500.
Another 300 to get to the lake from DES.
Lodging, boat, workers about 1000-1500.
so plan on 3 to 4k, none of it goes to me.
I'm going, I set up with my contacts and plan the dives, and you get to avoid all the headache of the planning.

Malawi for some reason the flights are a bit more, so plan on that trip being closer to 4k.

If we do Malawi first, then it may be 10 people.
If its Tanganyika first, i may take closer to 4 the first time.

Malawi dives will be along the Country of Malawi coastline.
we should be hitting mbenji, maingano, maleri, mdoka etc.

Tanganyika will be frontosa centric and we will be hitting Mpimbwe, Kipili and Kigoma and a couple other spots.
You will be diving with frontosa!!

I'm also going to try and work a day of land safari, so not just all diving.
when i came back from my last dive, all my fish friends liked the fish pix, but non fish people want to see land, culture and land animals, so thats what i'm going to try and provide also on these group trips.


I have one confirmed person going with me, one is reserved.

You will need to be SCUBA certified, so take care of that.
You may want to purchase a second set of used dive equipment in case it gets lost.
Get a Pelican 1610 to carry it and camera gear.
Get a underwater camera set up, i got a couple of my back ups for sale.
Notebook computer.
Get your shots.
Make sure your passport is valid.
HAVE YOUR HOME TANKS SET UP WITH TIMERS OR SOMEONE YOU TRUST WHO KNOWS FISH!

Main thing is to start things early so you are not spending all your cash a week before!

we are looking at April to September time frame.
I prefer April, so I can go back again in September.


More info will follow on this thread or PM's.

PM me to be placed on the list.

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Just a reminder, don't spend too much money on Christmas presents, you are going to need all your dimes for Africa.

Just some random price of things.

SCUBA stuff.
BC new $200-600, used $50-300.
Regulator New $150-500, used $50-300.
Wetsuit New $100-200, used $50.
Mask $50.
Fins $50-100.

Camera.
You don't need a DSLR, that would run you close to $4000 for full setup. (1500 camera, 1500 housing, 300 lights.)

Find yourself a good used Ikelite housing for $100 and try to match up a Point and shoot camera for it.
I suggest ones that use AA batteries. Then add a $200 slave light.
My main problem was lighting, i needed a slave strobe on my system.

Flights are still running 1800+ to Zambia, and my Zambian contacts are running about 1500 for 7 days all inclusive.

Tanzania is running more, but we get to dive Mpimbwe and Kipili.
Zambia is ALL frontosa diving, with dive sites not normally heard of! So you will be one of the first people on the Frontosa forums to talk about these sites!

I'm still looking at April or May.

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Passport, i expedited mine, i think it was about $250.
Shots for yellow fever was about $100 i think.
Malaria pills, was about $150.
Shots and pills price depends on your insurance.

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 Post subject: Re: Who is ready to travel to Africa Next Year?
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Very close to going to Malawi this last October but past my budget, its not going to get cheaper so if you have the funds go for it. the opportunity may not come again.
A trip of a life time. :)


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February 28th is the deadline for me to plan on taking others to Tanganyika for April or May.

I may postpone it till September, If i do i will be going to Uruguay in March and then Tanganyika later in the year.

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i wish i could, but i am planing on going to japan in may with the wifey. i am still trying to convince her that i will come back alive from africa or south amercia collecting trip/diving trip. once that happens then i should be good. :lol:

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Malawi is the least risky trip.
The International Airport is 2hr drive to the lodge/lake, and the Malawi side is very safe.
There is occasional issues with the Mozambique side.

Tanganyika once you land, you have another day by train/bus/plane/boat. So its not as easy for rookies.
Tanzania and Zambia are fairly safe, Burundi a bit less, and DRC i'd not go, though i do know people that have been there without issues.

Victoria the water is not super clear, so its not a great dive site.
Little more medical/viral issues in Victoria than the others.
There is more political problems in that area, but not a huge problem right now.
I do have contacts in Northern Victoria around Kampala and Entebbe where we can collect with nets. So maybe in 2012 we can think about Victoria.

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sounds good to me. one international trip a year is about all i can do. i also am planing on traveling to the aca and a few other places this year.

but i cant wait to see some photos again.

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Are they going to have to form a Coast Guard to jail us that do it underwater?

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I'm putting off the Tanganyika trip till August.

Diving is much better in August than May, which means nicer pix.
This allows people more time to get SCUBA certified and get dive practice in this summer.
Allows people to save more money, as many are broke after Christmas time, hopefully taxes won't screw you guys.

This also allows me more time to work on...
Burundi and Victoria combo (no diving in Victoria).
Malawi and Tanganyika combo.
Zambia and Tanzania combo.

Problem is if i do a combo it will be over 21 days.
Few people can do that, so most likely if i do that it will be solo.

Single location is about 7 days diving, and 1 day travel in Africa.
So roughly 11 days total with travel USA to Africa and back.

Next month, i'm going to be heading to South America to discover and photo new cichlid and pleco species.

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Im pretty sure im going back to Malawi at the end of this month, I know its short notice.
Let me know if you are interested.
2 weeks.
Lodging/tanks will run about $1400.
Flights are about $2000 right now out of LAX.

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15 years ago I would be all over this... I'm was certified with hundreds of open water dives logged, I would need to re-certify. I'm married, with poor health and broke too.
That being said, If I could get a grant to collect some fish for the Cornell's Museum of Vertebrates, I would do it in a heartbeat. Cornell has been asking me for rift lake specimens for their collection with accurate collection points: wild or F1.
I may be short on the credentials for an "academic grant"; if anyone has any leads on writing grants for like 20 to 30k, which is what I estimate I would need to get there and ship preserved specimens back (likely more, and I would need to itemize my expenses for the grant applications I assume), you can email me...
help me jump start my grad work that has been on hold....


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you don't really have to recertify.
nobody will check your card.

got my anti malaria pills today.
these ones i only take once a week for 6 weeks, instead of everyday like last year.

Ill get my plane ticket in a few days, it has dropped to 2100, though thats with 4 plane changes, and the more times you change a plane the more likely they will lose your luggage! So ill keep holding out for the 2 change flights to drop down a bit.

can't wait to return!

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Couldn't you advance ship your stuff and pick it up at the shipping depot when you get there? Likely cheaper too...


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