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

Africa Transportation: 80 reviews and 129 photos

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.

Type: Train

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