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Crossing Africa - April to June - Looking for Partners

Old 12-24-10, 01:59 PM
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Crossing Africa - April to June - Looking for Partners

Hi everyone,

I'm starting to plan to do a tour through Africa in early Spring for about 3 months.

The route is still quite flexible, but I'm thinking of doing South Africa to Kenya or that route in reverse. It's about 4K+ miles, depending on how far we'd go and how much time we'd have - will cross around 8 countries in total! The pace would be roughly 500KM per week - with planned 2 rest days per week. In terms of accommodations, I'm thinking about 80% camping and 20% everything else.

I'm in my mid-20s, currently live in Boston, have done a few tours in the past, but this will certainly be the biggest one yet. Very excited about it and would love for 1-2 fellow cyclists to join me in planning AND doing it.

If you have any thoughts about this, please respond - will be happy to hear from you.
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Old 12-24-10, 02:57 PM
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Man, that sounds like a really fun trip. I have the bike, gear and all the time in the world.
Just wondering how much something like that cost?
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Originally Posted by magestyk View Post
Just wondering how much something like that cost?
Airfare to Africa can be expensive, especially during the "high" season. Once you're there, food and accommodations can be pretty reasonable, especially if you're willing to camp. One trick I used to use when traveling to Africa: rather than booking tickets from the U.S. to my final destination, I'd find a cheap flight to London, then use a U.K.-based travel agent to find cheap flights to my final destination. Usually saved $300-500 versus booking everything through a U.S. airline. Dunno if that trick still works, but I'd look into it...
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Interesting, so how much would you say a trip like this cost? $5K???
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Old 12-25-10, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by magestyk View Post
Interesting, so how much would you say a trip like this cost? $5K???
For you or for me? Because I'd spend $5K on camera gear before I even stepped out the door

I haven't looked at prices recently, so my cost estimates might be [i]way[i] off! Figure US$1500-2000 for round-trip airfare for yourself and your luggage. Shop around and you can probably do better but that's a "safe" estimate. Transporting a bike is extra and I have no idea what that might cost. Camping is $0-25/night. Car rental, which you'll need to enter most national parks, is $60-80/day for a 2WD compact/economy car. Budget safaris in national parks are $50-100+/day per person, but include guides, transportation, food and camping. Hotels are $30-100+/night, depending on your standards. Simple foods (fruit, bread, grains, beans, bottled water) are cheap. Food in restaurants that cater to locals is cheap; in tourist places you'll pay about what you'd pay at home.

In the end, I think the total cost is governed by what you want to do when you're not riding your bike. When I went, I tended to spend around $2500/month (+ airfare), but almost all of my time was spent on safari in the various national parks...
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Old 12-26-10, 03:33 AM
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matrix.itasoftware.com is a search engine that gives good results. Once you find suitable dates/times check with the airline - their web site - because they soimetimes have fares that matrix does not show.

I flew my sons JFK-JNB for about $1500 return last summer instead of $2100 out of YYZ (Toronto) and all it cost was a $100 RT Greyhound ticket, so there was a net saving of $500 each. You can do a LOT in Africa on $500.
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Greetings from Durban, South Africa.

Feel free to contact me for any advice or help in your planned trip.
Magestyk: budget for US$30 a day for food, drinks and camping. You can cut corners and pay substantially less of course, I did a month's trip from east to west coast (Natal to Namaqualand) on just $15 per day, but in restrospect it was a bit spartan!
Bormord: What's your anticipated route? SA-Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe-Malawi-Tanzania-Kenya is the most common, but SA-Namibia-Zambia-DRC-Uganda-Kenya is a good alternative for those looking for 'adventure'.

FYI For those of you sitting in northern climes: it's 32 deg C, clear blue skies, sea temp is 24 deg C and I was surfing at 6am this morning :-)

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Bormord,
Would like to send you PM but the forum won't permit me to do so. Please reply to touringZA(at)gmail.com

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If it wasn't for having to fly all my gear out, this would be something I would really want to do. I want to plan a trip this summer from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone. Keep us up to date on the information.
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