Renata Moraes

Renata Moraes

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    To get around in Cape Town and Jo-berg, is it safe to rent a vehicle?

    Also, renting a car will probably be your best bet since taxi fares are pretty high in both cities and public transport can be tricky to rely on. Henrisan is right in his comment, you should definitely include a gps in your rental. Joburg especially can get confusing at times. over 5 years ago

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    Does any one known if is it possible to get the visa at the airport , once we arrived to Maputo?

    It used to be possible and very easy but the have made they rules much more strict in the past year, forbidding a lot of nationalities to do so. I have read about lots of people being sent home this year. So it's better to check with the nearest Mozambican embassy to you - or to call your embassy in Maputo, they will know. With thesd recent changes, I strongly recommend you get your visa in advance. about 6 years ago

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    Anyone recommend Malaria shots or yellow fever vaccine if traveling in South AFrica and Botswana?

    For most nationalities, you have to have taken yellow fever vaccines to enter South Africa and have an international yellow fever card. Although the health control at the airport is not strict. Even so, they are highly recommended. For malaria, I don't know of any shots you can take, just pills like Mihir Ranadive just mentioned. The pills are not soft on your stomach though. A lot of doctors just recommend using a very strong insect repellent, specially in the evening (there is a very popular one you can buy in South Africa called Tabard, it's very effective). over 6 years ago

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    Cell phones sim cards

    Yes, it is really easy to buy sim cards all around South Africa. You don't need any documents to buy sim cards, just a working phone and some pocket money. over 6 years ago

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    traveling to zanziber in april, any recommendation on affordable guesthouses

    Hi Naa Badu! I went to Zanzibar in 2011 and stayed at the Mnarani Beach Cottages, in Nungwe. It was great! My full review is here: http://www.tripadvisor.com.br/ShowUserReviews-g616016-d596380-r114782164-Mnarani_Beach_Cottages-Nungwi_Zanzibar_Zanzibar_Archipelago.html Have a nice trip, Zanzibar is beautiful!! over 6 years ago

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    From the port in Cape Town to Hotel Mandela, do I need a taxi ? Is it easy to hail a taxi?

    I'm not the best person to answer, since I have only been to Cape Town a couple of times, but since no one has answered, here goes what I think: You certainly can't walk all the way, specially if it's in the evening. I have always rented a car when in Cape Town and, as far as I know, it is the best way to get around town. Taxis are not that easy to hail on the street. You are better off asking in a restaurant or hotel for help in ringing one. You can also get a few cab services numbers at the information desk in the airport. Good luck! over 6 years ago

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    Where are the best places to join in a bloco party during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro?

    During carnival, the blocos parade on the street! Sometimes you can, literally, turn a corner and find yourself inside a bloco. Anyway, there is an official calendar you can consult: http://www.wikirio.com.br/Blocos_do_Carnaval_2013_na_cidade_do_Rio_de_Janeiro The most famous ones are very crowded, though, and it's worth a try, but you should focused on the smaller ones - ask locals for advice on the day because most blocos don't have a official time or place to start or finish. Some famous and traditional ones: Escravos da Mauá; Banda de Ipanema; Cordão da Bola Preta; Imprensa que eu Gamo; Suvaco de Cristo; Céu na Terra; Boitatá; Boitolo (and many more) Some less popular but full of locals: Maracangalha; Baianada; Bloco Cru; Gigantes da Lira; Bagunça Meu Coreto; Exalta Rei (and many more too!) Happy folia :) over 6 years ago

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    Backpacking in brazil during jan

    Brazil is too big a country for two months so choose your priorities and make peace that you will not be able to do everything! I disagree with both prior answers: since you are already going to be in Rio for carnival, skip south and south-east for the rest of the time. If you want superb beaches and a laid-back - although quite rustic - time, head north-east. Salvador, Natal, Recife and the beaches around them. You could also go to the Amazon, but it's time consuming and can get expensive. I wouldn't go to São Paulo unless you love urban life so much you want to spend your vacation partying indoors. The southern beaches are cool, but they get PACKED in jan and feb. Also, Brazil is not that dangerous if you use your common sense and be street smart: don't flash valuables around, don't walk alone at night, yadda yadda. Each region and city has it's must sees, so if you have more detailed ideas, it'll be easier to help you. Have a nice trip! almost 7 years ago