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  1. #464

    My take on malaria

    I wouldn't travel to Cameroon for short-term stays without prophylaxis. Malarone 1 day before, during the stay and 7 days upon return is the least complicated medication. If you stay long-term it's another matter. You can't take those drugs for months on end. You have to accept to become "malaria positive" so to speak. If you retire or settle in Africa, malaria is something you have to accept. You can live with malaria though. But as long as I'm not staying for good in a malaria country, I want to stay negative. After all, it is a Damocles' sword once you've got it. Even if you carry the antidote in case of an attack, because of the nausea and the high fever you may not be able to swallow any medication, much less keep it inside. An injection is then the only way out and it may not be readily available.

    Dengue is a much more painful matter than malaria, but it isn't much of a problem in the Cameroons I think (it's more of a problem in the Amazon region).

  2. #463

    Malaria

    Thanks Jack, Jiggy and Golfinho for the input. As usual, I'm going to extrapolate what I want to hear, and so travel without anti-malarials again. I'll be in the cities and Kribbi and Limbe so won't be far from help if I need it.

  3. #462
    Quote Originally Posted by Tungsten2  [View Original Post]
    I'm thinking of spending a month in Cameroon, mostly on the coast. I've been in other parts of Africa quite a lot in the last couple of years and never take anti-malarials. So far, so good.

    The Bradt guide says malaria is a big deal in Cameroon. Although it may be because the author got it twice during his trip. Is it any worse there than in other countries?
    I'm like you and never take anti-malarials. I don't like the long list of potential side effects. Your daytime infection risk is practically zero and if you care to sleep under a net by night you literally have nothing to worry about. Avoiding to get bitten is still the safest path. I'm claustrophobic, so never sleep under the net and get bitten every night. I caught Malaria twice in the early years of my visiting Africa, but never in the coastal regions, always upcountry. You do really feel sick and will notice straight away, but being treated immediately it doesn't normally pose a serious health risk for a healthy and well nourished adult. Practically every local doctor knows how to diagnose via blood test and to treat it effectively. Your bigger concern is that you develop symptoms at home, where doctors are not as experienced in diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases.

  4. #461

    Yes it is serious and real

    Quote Originally Posted by Tungsten2  [View Original Post]
    I'm thinking of spending a month in Cameroon, mostly on the coast. I've been in other parts of Africa quite a lot in the last couple of years and never take anti-malarials. So far, so good.

    The Bradt guide says malaria is a big deal in Cameroon. Although it may be because the author got it twice during his trip. Is it any worse there than in other countries?
    I have known people who got sick from malaria in Cameroon, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Uganda and Kenya. There is a particular type of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa that can kill if not prevented or treated promptly. So if you can get weekly or daily anti-malarial medication, I would highly recommend that course of action. The weekly Meflaquine and daily Malarone are more expensive than daily Doxycycline, and each has its own side effects and considerations. You definitely have to consult with a travel doctor or clinic since your G6PD status is very relevant. The pharmacy will also advise you on the particular foods and drinks you must avoid while taking the medication. However, none of the meds have any adverse effect on libido or strength of soldiers, so strap up before going in.

  5. #460

    Anti-malaria Cameroon

    Quote Originally Posted by Tungsten2  [View Original Post]
    never take anti-malarials. So far, so good.

    The Bradt guide says malaria is a big deal in Cameroon. Although it may be because the author got it twice during his trip. Is it any worse there than in other countries?
    Also wondering about this. Doesn't a lot depend on the time of season? Thirty African countries and never an anti-malarial for me, with most of time in cities in better quality hotels. Last month in Kigali, we purchased Mephaquin (Swiss-made).4 pills, dosage a week apart. For all of about 5 US dollar. I saved for upcoming July Africa trip (which will include Cameroon), but friend took his, reported only vivid dreaming, no other downside.

  6. #459

    Malaria?

    I'm thinking of spending a month in Cameroon, mostly on the coast. I've been in other parts of Africa quite a lot in the last couple of years and never take anti-malarials. So far, so good.

    The Bradt guide says malaria is a big deal in Cameroon. Although it may be because the author got it twice during his trip. Is it any worse there than in other countries?

  7. #458

    Day of the Woman

    March 8 was international "Woman's Day". Something really celebrated in Cameroon. On that day I was in Mbalmayo, a small town south of Yaoundé.

    Big mid-morning parade with bands, big-wig politicians, speeches, and lots and lots of very happy women, nearly all dressed alike. After all the formalities, these women dispersed into the bars, restaurants all over town. Lots of noise, lots of dancing, lots of drinking. As the only white guy I was cheered and invited to many a group, to dance, to drink and to pay for yet another round of beer. All in great fun.

    By late afternoon these ladies became aggressive. "marry me!". "you need to have a Cameroonian wife!". " I love you already!". "if you do not love me, then here is my sister!"

    Problem was that nearly all of these ladies were definitely "middle-aged" and no beauties.

    I escaped by going to my hotel and to order my dinner there. One of the ladies followed me to the restaurant and wanted me to take her straight to my room. I begged off, then she called her younger sister to come, who was a nice and friendly woman, but nothing I cared to bed. It took me a while to send them off.

    After dinner, well after dark, I walked down the street again. The party was still in full force. I was "kidnapped" by three relatively young ladies. They simply wrapped themselves around me. We sat for a beer and straightforward I was asked which of the three I wanted to take with me. I should chose one, or two, or, if I wanted to, all three of them would come with me for some real fun.

    All that in the open, and loudly, so that the ladies at the next table started to participate in the "discussion." "Recommendations" flew as to why I should choose one or the other. We stayed for a while for another beer or two, and they were dancing around me, touching me, laughing. It was not sleazy, all in great fun and a lot of laughing.

    I finally decided to take the one with a very lovely smile and an absolutely wonderful bubble-ass. Oh how she could shake that ass when she was dancing.

    The others wished us a happy night and let us go.

    Yes. It turned out to be a happy night: That lady could fuck! And suck! Insatiable, she rode me forever and ever, any imaginable position, and some I had never yet imagined. What a joy a sweet round butt can be.

    Thank you Cialis!

    The only negative? Her boobs were not too good, I guess that she must have had a baby suck them dry. Or nearly so.

  8. #457
    Goshawk,

    In what way do you find Yaounde and Douala horrendously expensive? Food, drink, Ladies' company, everyday life?

    Congrats on your civilian conquest. I was recently in Yaounde and found that it was most easy to score just lying at the hotel pool and offering the ladies to teach them how to swim.

  9. #456

    Day of the Woman

    March 8 was international "Woman's Day". Something really celebrated in Cameroon. On that day I was in Mbalmayo, a small town south of Yaoundé.

    Big mid-morning parade with bands, big-wig politicians, speeches, and lots and lots of very happy women, nearly all dressed alike. After all the formalities, these women dispersed into the bars, restaurants all over town. Lots of noise, lots of dancing, lots of drinking. As the only white guy I was cheered and invited to many a group, to dance, to drink and to pay for yet another round of beer. All in great fun.

    By late afternoon these ladies became aggressive. "marry me!". "you need to have a Cameroonian wife!". " I love you already!". "if you do not love me, then here is my sister!"

    Problem was that nearly all of these ladies were definitely "middle-aged" and no beauties.

    I escaped by going to my hotel and to order my dinner there. One of the ladies followed me to the restaurant and wanted me to take her straight to my room. I begged off, then she called her younger sister to come, who was a nice and friendly woman, but nothing I cared to bed. It took me a while to send them off.

    After dinner, well after dark, I walked down the street again. The party was still in full force. I was "kidnapped" by three relatively young ladies. They simply wrapped themselves around me. We sat for a beer and straightforward I was asked which of the three I wanted to take with me. I should chose one, or two, or, if I wanted to, all three of them would come with me for some real fun.

    All that in the open, and loudly, so that the ladies at the next table started to participate in the "discussion." "Recommendations" flew as to why I should choose one or the other. We stayed for a while for another beer or two, and they were dancing around me, touching me, laughing. It was not sleazy, all in great fun and a lot of laughing.

    I finally decided to take the one with a very lovely smile and an absolutely wonderful bubble-ass. Oh how she could shake that ass when she was dancing.

    The others wished us a happy night and let us go.

    Yes. It turned out to be a happy night: That lady could fuck! And suck! Insatiable, she rode me forever and ever, any imaginable position, and some I had never yet imagined. What a joy a sweet round butt can be.

    Thank you Cialis!

    The only negative? Her boobs were not too good, I guess that she must have had a baby suck them dry. Or nearly so.

  10. #455

    Just a "heads up"

    This is to answer my very own question which I posted here a little while ago:

    It seems that Tadalafil (Cialis) is not, or not easily available in Cameroon. I checked in several big pharmacies in Douala and in Yaoundé. All they had to offer was Sildenafil (Viagra) and that at a price of more than $10- per pill. It seems that they were selling only the "real" brand Viagra.

    I am back home now, but I have to agree with several of the previous posters. Both big cities are horrendously expensive. And abrasive.

    Goshawk

  11. #454
    Quote Originally Posted by Goshawk  [View Original Post]
    Hi fellow Lover of Africa,

    The short answer is "yes I do."

    At least with most of them. At the end of our times together, lasting from one to two months, we usually have become real lovers and friends, caring deeply for each other. A mail from time to time is all there is to it.

    Only once did it happen that at the end of our time some rather astonishing wishes for financial support surfaced, and were followed up later by almost incessant demands by email."Medical Bills", house rentals,"deadly ill Mamas" surfaced all of a sudden, each with thousands of dollar demands. Needless to say. That contact was slowly throttled to the point of silence.

    But the others are still on the level of deep friendships, and yes, the occasional Christmas or Birthday present does get sent. Just like I would do with a friend stateside.

    If I had the "freedom" of a Pete Benetar, I would not hesitate to get one or the other of my girl friends over here for an extended time.

    The way it looks from here. I will add to this list before long. Fortunately, I do speak French and it seems that I have something very sweet coming my way very soon, in Cameroon.

    Goshawk
    I wish you luck, I had once a lady from Cameroon, she could not get enough of me.

  12. #453

    Yes. I do, mostly

    Quote Originally Posted by Lover Africa  [View Original Post]
    Goshawk, I read some of your reports. I like your approach, I do in a similar way.

    I have one question, do you keep in touch with these girls after you left the country?
    Hi fellow Lover of Africa,

    The short answer is "yes I do."

    At least with most of them. At the end of our times together, lasting from one to two months, we usually have become real lovers and friends, caring deeply for each other. A mail from time to time is all there is to it.

    Only once did it happen that at the end of our time some rather astonishing wishes for financial support surfaced, and were followed up later by almost incessant demands by email."Medical Bills", house rentals,"deadly ill Mamas" surfaced all of a sudden, each with thousands of dollar demands. Needless to say. That contact was slowly throttled to the point of silence.

    But the others are still on the level of deep friendships, and yes, the occasional Christmas or Birthday present does get sent. Just like I would do with a friend stateside.

    If I had the "freedom" of a Pete Benetar, I would not hesitate to get one or the other of my girl friends over here for an extended time.

    The way it looks from here. I will add to this list before long. Fortunately, I do speak French and it seems that I have something very sweet coming my way very soon, in Cameroon.

    Goshawk

  13. #452
    Quote Originally Posted by Goshawk  [View Original Post]
    Hi all,

    This is most likely an unnecessary question.

    Early next year I will be off to Cameroon for a couple of months. Tourism. I have what seems to be a very lovely lady lined up to be my girl friend and companion during this time. I prefer to have a "steady" and caring relationship rather than one-night stands. I have had absolutely great experiences that way in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and most recently in Uganda.

    My question: Is Tadalafil (Cialis) easily available in Cameroon, especially Douala where I will arrive?

    Any brand recommended?

    Last January in Uganda I found out that age is starting to catch up with me. Sometimes I did not succeed to rise to all occasions. Not nice!

    Thanks for any info,

    Goshawk
    Goshawk, I read some of your reports. I like your approach, I do in a similar way.

    I have one question, do you keep in touch with these girls after you left the country?

  14. #451

    Unnecessary question?

    Hi all,

    This is most likely an unnecessary question.

    Early next year I will be off to Cameroon for a couple of months. Tourism. I have what seems to be a very lovely lady lined up to be my girl friend and companion during this time. I prefer to have a "steady" and caring relationship rather than one-night stands. I have had absolutely great experiences that way in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and most recently in Uganda.

    My question: Is Tadalafil (Cialis) easily available in Cameroon, especially Douala where I will arrive?

    Any brand recommended?

    Last January in Uganda I found out that age is starting to catch up with me. Sometimes I did not succeed to rise to all occasions. Not nice!

    Thanks for any info,

    Goshawk

  15. #450
    Thanks for the info Hip Daddy. I'm going to have a look at this.

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