"Africa North to South no planes" Africa Transportation Tip by chrisrobo

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Hi,A few years ago I did a trip from UK to Cape Town by rail,road and boat
1 London to Athens train if under 26 use interrail card or student ticket 200
2 Pireus to Alexandria (Egypt) by ferry ? Check with ferry company 85
3 Alexandria to Cairo then Cairo to Aswan by Train 30
4 Aswan (Egypt) to Wadi Halfa (Sudan)by ferry accross Lake Nasar 50
5 Wadi Halfa to Khartoum (Sudan)Train 15
6 Khartoum to Gedaref (Sudan) Bus 5
7 Gedaref to Border with Ethiopia Pick Up 5
8 Ethiopian Border to Gonder(Ethiopia) Bus 5
9 Gonder to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Bus 10
10 Addis to Moyale (Kenya Border)Bus ? Check for consular advice 10
11 Moyale to Marsibit(Kenya)Bus or Truck 5
12 Marsibit to Nairobi Bus or Matatu 7
13 Nairobi to Moshi (Tanzania) Bus 12
14 Moshi to Dar es Salaam Train or Bus ? Trains were not running last year 10
15 Dar to Kapira Mposhi(Zambia) Train 25
16 Kapira to Lusaka Train/Bus Trains not running in 2007 12
17 Lusaka to Livingston Train 15
18 Livingston to Victoria Falls(Zimbabwe) Mini Bus 3
19 Vic Falls to Bulawayo Train 15 absolute guess due to current climate
20 Bulawayo to Gaberone (Botswana)Train 10 guess
21 Gaberone to Joburg (South Africa) Train or bus 20
22 Joburg to Cape Town (Bus or Train)
This is roughly the route I took in 2001 there are some parts of this itinary are not possible due to local circumstances. I did not do all this directly ,I made a few detours and had some stop overs I spent around 4 months which included 2 weeks on Lamu Island in Kenya. I have put a question mark at the side of any inclusion that may be problematic.
Depending on how long you have then it could cost you around 4k for 3 months if you like to rough it or 40 per day. If you budget this amount then have a reserve fund of another 1k at home in case of emergency, you will require at least 10 visa's so budget at least 400 for that another 200 for injections and 300 for good malaria protection (around 90 for every 30 days)
This is not a cheap undertaking but will be the most worthwhile thing you will ever do.
Good Luck I might bump into you as I am contemplating doing it again in March or April.

othercontact: chrisrobinson16@hotmail.com
Type: Train

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  • Written Dec 16, 2008
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