Help me plan my upcoming trip to Africa (Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Dakar, Marrakech)

For the next three weeks, I will tour several African countries and cities. Since Africa is big white dot on my map, I'm really excited about it.

I have started making lists on Foursquare (like I have for all my prior travels) of places to see and where to eat.

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Addis Ababa

I'm really excited to eat 10 times and day and have 10 daily coffees. The food and brown drinks are what this place stands for in my mind. I'm sure there is more to see – what were your favorites?

Check out my Addis Ababa Foursquare list

Nairobi

I won't be going on safari – I'm more interested in seeing Kenya's capital. So far, I know it will be more expensive than I initially thought – it seems more like Brazil than Africa from the prices and pictures I've seen.

Check out my Nairobi Foursquare list

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an island just off the coast of Tanzania and its main capital of Dar es Salaam. It seem like the most touristy place of all those in my trip. I plan on taking the boat to Prison Island (oh, did I mention I'm afraid of high surf in most boats although not on a surf board?) There are a number of small sights on Zanzibar that I'd like to tackle as well.

Check out my Zanzibar Foursquare list

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Dakar

I will continue my journey in Dakar. I have heard very mixed reports, from excitement about the high state of development in this African city to travelers 'running away' from Dakar because of harassment from aggressive street salesmen.

Check out my Dakar Foursquare list

Marrakech

This is likely to be the most 'easy to travel in' city in the heart of Morocco. You may well have been – what did you like the most? What is unmissable for me here?

Check out my Marrakech Foursquare list

Stay tuned – I have taken Mark Wiens' advice and will have lots of videos on MightyTravels from this trip.

Pictures courtesy of trekearth.com, wikipedia.org, danielkolenda.com, annaeverywhere.com and ciee.org.

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