So You Want to Go to Africa: My Frequent Traveler University Presentation

Here’s my Frequent Traveler University presentation So You Want to Go to Africa.

This is a new talk intended to make Africa accessible to those heading to the continent for the first time all the way up to advanced tips for those undertaking journeys to the most logistically difficult and expensive countries. I close with my recommendation for 10 Africa trips.

It is more visual than some talks I have posted so the images will have to speak for themselves.

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Jeffsetter
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This is awesome. I’ll have to catch in person to hear the “Story time” pieces, but great to see a fellow Minnesotan on his way to crossing off the UN list! Really impressive my friend.

Lisa K
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I am curious …….in your presentation you have Victoria Falls Hotel or Royal Livingstone as a slide. Are you suggesting those are a good choice for lodging in Victoria Falls? I am planning a trip there in June and have found the lodging there to be limited and very expensive for a family of four. I thought you usually stayed at local guest houses.

Rich T.
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Do you have specific recommendations for flying to or staying Kahane? or for your Chobe day trip safari? Sounds like a great combo for a side trip from Joburg

tony manzi
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Hi Stefan,

That was great. Thanks. I’ve only been to a few of those countries but was smiling and nodding at some of the photos.

If you want to “better put them online” without the “massive time investment” just have someone video your presentation and post it on YouTube.

DaveS
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Stefan, I’d think that once a presenter has a big reputation for expertise in some area, they’d be willing to give him or her leeway to talk about what he or she wants to and expect it would draw a turnout. I’ve heard and read enough about how to get miles and book awards for business class seats to Paris. I’m interested in the stuff I don’t know well yet – how to get around Africa with points and miles, for example, or simply the tricks for getting lots of destinations into a single trip the way you do. I… Read more »
Rich T
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I agree with DaveS – don’t underestimate the value of your travel accomplishments and the interest that holds for travel hackers and armchair travelers alike. You could also say to FTU “I’d love to do my amazing credit card update session, but for balance of their event, suggest it is paired with a deep dive on obscure pacific islands, africa, “the other caribbean”. Remind them its ultimately about the travel, not the points. I think I actually see a fantastic book(s) in your future….

john
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That TPG story was interesting. I went the ultra budget route (but still organized tour) for a 12 day Kenya and Tanzania itinerary. It was $166 per day. Kenya was great but in Tanzania I had similar problems to TPG. So its interesting for the amount he paid. It sounds like the staff was the same/same paid (dont care) and the extra money is for flights, nicer cars, nicer tents, nicer food. I did this after spending several weeks self driving Bots/Nam/SA; I wanted to try the organized tour for a change of pace and found that I really did… Read more »
Eric
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Any plans to present this again at a future FTU or other event? I’d love to hear you give the presentation.

DaveS
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@Rich, the slide references another well known blogger who went the super luxury route, had endless problems, and spent thousands more than necessary. Unless you absolutely have to have luxurious rooms and gourmet dining, don’t assume high end outfitters give you a better safari animal viewing experience than you can readily get for a fraction of the cost.

I really liked this post. I’ve been to many countries in other parts of the world, but only a few in Africa. I definitely intend to make it a regular travel destination in the future though.

Rich T.
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Thanks for posting. As I am planning a Dream Safari Trip, what was the mistake you referenced? Having unrealistic expectations of things in Africa running with Swiss timing and precision? Or not having multiple wine choices for dinner, etc.?

Gene
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impressive ET itinerary