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Africa Travel Fatigue Travel Tip

2009-05-20 06:00:13

Africa Travel Fatigue Travel Tip
“Travel teaches tolerance.”
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st earl of Beaconsfield

I have traveled in West Africa three times and now one time in East Africa, I am not going to count Morocco and Egypt as part of Africa.

I lived in Africa from one to eight months each time. I am starting to show symptoms of Africa travel fatigue, the major symptoms are anger, impatience and intolerance of African people.

It is difficult to respect African people; they do little to deserve it.

Kabale, Uganda
East Africa
Wednesday, May 20, 2009


“Travel teaches tolerance.”
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st earl of Beaconsfield

Who is Benjamin Disraeli referring to in this quote? He is referring to the people, places and things we encounter when we travel.

- Mental or physical exhaustion: extreme tiredness or weariness resulting from physical or mental activity

How much stupid behavior can you put up with before you go crazy? I came to a primitive and uncivilized place, I am experiencing exactly what I expected and planned on experiencing.

- Return something to original condition: to restore something to its condition when new, or make it more vigorous, dynamic, and effective.

How do rejuvenate myself, how to I restore my mental condition? I must stop doing what caused the fatigue, then proceed to do activities that gives me energy.

I have been through this emotional roller coaster many times. Every person is different, I know when my energy is being drained, and I know ways to restore my energy. I often walk away from a person and ask myself,
“Does this person give me energy or am I weaker?”

I knew my energy was weak and I was in luck, I was able to return to the Flockline hotel here in Kabale where the staff treats me with respect. Hmm, they do better than average, they really have no clear understanding of developed world manners.

How do they treat me with respect? The do not call me White Man or Musungo, they actually use my name, just this is relief.

I am watching computers on my computer; maybe I should watch the Gladiator.

I enjoy a good conversation, the man’s name is Bruno, he is a friend here in Kabale. He is extremely energetic and never stops talking, genuinely a good person. I start to laugh every time I talk with him; this is my goal, to feel happier.

This is a Justin, a girl that works in the Hotel, she also makes me laugh, her English is sparse, however she makes the day better.

Normally, I could find an expatriate community in a country and go visit them, have some good conversations in English some sanity. I have not encountered any expats hanging around for the fun of it here in East Africa.

I recommend people travel with a friend, not a good way to learn about Africa, however a good way to keep from going crazy. The majority of people can tolerate up to one month in Africa without serious problems.

I am following the advice of Wade from
“Walk Slow.”

Africa Travel Fatigue Travel Tip