Ireland – England – Ethiopia – Zimbabwe – Zambia – Ethiopia – Uganda – Rwanda – Uganda – Ethiopia – South Africa – Lesotho – South Africa – Ethiopia – Italy – England – Ireland
It’s been a hectic two weeks however thoroughly worthwhile. It was great to be in Ethiopia to meet all our partners having just received charity status, the final hurdle to setup. The great progress made in Rwanda regarding the ban means we should be fully operational before too long. The potential in Lesotho is great and with the strong board in place it is no doubt bound for success. I now know that the key to Zambia achieving top performance last year was due to a vibrant volunteer programme.
So from racking up more air miles than your average air hostess over the last two weeks, here are my top tips for travel in Africa.
1. Never a bad time for a good joke. The best part of Africa is people’s attitude to life. Whether it be taxi driver, air hostess, fellow passengers or airport security, there’s always a good laugh to be had.
2. Ethiopian Airlines. Always good for the occasional suprise (Welcome to Harare?!). With the low passenger rate the positive is that the journies are very comfortable, the negative being schedules can be changed (see above). PS Always go for the beef!
3. Light entertainment. With numerous queues and waits, light entertainment is essential. I would recommend the Angry Birds app. A 45 minute queue can be easily passed while mastering the next three levels.
4. Luggage. Don’t risk having anything valuable in your checked in luggage. Especially a North Face jacket going through Johannesburg airport. My bag was also opened with nothing taken; I don’t know whether to be relieved or offended.
5. Queues. Not a universal concept around these parts. So when you see someone jump to the front don’t take it personally. If you can’t beat them, join them?
6. Just do it! Africa never fails to dissapoint. The people, the sights, sounds and smells. If you are thinking of making a visit, just do it!
Thanks to all my hosts in Africa, Francis and Duke in Zambia, Gina in Ethiopia, Eddy and Mika in Rwanda, Malefetsane in Lesotho and of course Orlaith! Till the next time.