Date: Sun Dec 8, 2013 4:13 pm ((PST))
Thanks David and Caspar, you've made some very good points. I am very likel=
y to hire some local guides. As you say, it will make things a lot easier a=
nd will be about the same cost in the end, if I calculate time that I would=
otherwise waste with unnecessary things.
Also very good advice on not pointing anything at anyone and not attracting=
too much attention. This is very good advice indeed.
If anyone has some more tips in regards to resources for identifying good r=
ecording areas, I would be very thankful.
All the best,
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On 09/12/2013, at 12:58 AM, wrote:
> < I've got a solid backup strategy in place and plenty of batteries in th=
> hand luggage.
> Double check whether you can carry a lot of batteries in hand luggage.
> Batteries are sometimes regarded with suspicion.
> > Any recommendations on getting around? Do you hire a guide with a car o=
r do you just hire a car yourselves?
> I don't know the current situation, but hiring a vehicle with a driver is=
> not much more expensive and could even be cheaper than self-drive insuran=
> If you go to interesting areas you will need an interpreter and a bilingu=
> driver fits both jobs. He will have local knowledge which could keep you =
> of trouble.
> Don't point anything at anyone.
> If you attract a bunch of locals, that is a noise problem. I've seen film=
> directors lose it and start shouting "go away everyone" in English and
> waving their hands. This makes marvellous entertainment for the villagers=
> and quickly draws a crowd. Tourists aren't much better.
> > Some roads, especially in the remote areas, are possibly going to be ha=
rd going and I just wanted to check from your experience whether hiring a 4=
WD and going into those areas is in fact worth the effort and cost involved=
or whether I am just as well off staying on accessible roads.
> Unsilenced motorbikes are a pain in the third world, so you may need to g=
> onto minor roads. Take local advice from your driver/guide.
> David Brinicombe