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Cape Town to Cairo! 19 countries, 7 months, $10,000USD spent.

This Cape Town to Cairo blog post, I hope, should help show you guys what an epic trip can be had by independently traveling overland along the length of Africa. It took me 7 or 8 months, 17th African countries, and gave me the taste for real adventure en route to my ‘every country in the world’ goal!

Cape Town to Cairo, one of the final frontiers of ‘real travel’. Traveling overland, by public transport with no real plan, from Cape Town to Cairo, I crossed the entire length of the continent of Africa. It was traveling in its truest form. And one of the best travel experiences of my life.

I had overlanded before, from Japan almost all the way to Australia with no flights, it was time to cut my teeth on something a little more hardcore. Africa was calling. 

I hope this blog post helps convince you guys to also undertake some hardcore travel, and if you’re considering Cape Town to Cairo, then this should help convince you!

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Cape Town to Cairo. Khartoum, Sudan!

The Cape Town to Cairo Route

Cape Town is obviously in South Africa, and Cairo is in Egypt. So the Cape Town to Cairo Route starts at the South Western tip of Africa and proceeds all the way to the North Eastern tip. Normally, you try to avoid most of Central Africa and West Africa. Why? Because a lot of it can be dangerous, corrupt, and a little scary (I went back and did that part of Africa too, wild travel!).

NOTE: Cairo to Cape Town is also possible, but personally I think Cape Town to Cairo is a better way to do it. Finishing up in Egypt, with the Pyramids, it’s pretty epic. Leaving SubSahara Africa behind, it’s a fitting end to an African trip.

Which Countries Do You ‘NORMALLY’ Cover Cape Town to Cairo?

If you start in South Africa, then normally a Cape Town to Cairo Route will include 8 countries:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Ethiopia
  • Sudan
  • Egypt

For me, I took a slightly more ‘scenic’ route. I was trying to visit every country in the world, all 197 of them, so I didn’t want to skip any countries. So I show my route below.

My Personal Cape Town to Cairo Route:

My route covered 17 of the 54 total African countries

I tried to add my route on google maps, but it only allows 10 stops, so I’ve had to use 2 maps below. The countries I covered were:

My Cape Town to Cairo Route Part 1 & Part 2:

How Long Does It Take to Travel From Cape Town to Cairo?

It depends on how you plan to travel. I met a guy on a bicycle doing it, it took him a year! Generally speaking though, you should allocate 6 months as a minimum to complete Cape Town to Cairo. If you’re traveling with an overland tour company, for sure that timeframe is possible.

If like me, you have no plan in place and you’re just winging it via public transport with nothing booked in advance, then it may take a little longer. Waiting for public transport, figuring things out, visas, etc. When you’re doing it on your own, these things can prove a little tricky.

Ethiopia Itinerary
Ethiopia Itinerary; Posing at the Blue Nile Falls!

How Much Does A Cape Town to Cairo Trip Cost?

The million-dollar question eh? Obviously, if you’re staying in high-end hotels and riding hot-air balloons in the Serengeti, you could EASILY spend $50,000USD doing this trip. but, don’t worry, you don’t have to travel like that.

If you book with a tour company, you can expect to pay around $10,000 to the tour company, and then another $5k to $10k on visas, flights, activities, and daily expenditure.

If you do it solo, you can do it for around $10k USD. That’s how I did it, and I spent pretty much exactly $10k. For me, I did my Cape Town to Cairo trip before I learned how to start a blog, and started making all this money online, so I was a broke backpacker, watching every penny.  Also, doing it independently was COOL! Difficult, but cool. Doing it with a tour isn’t quite the same adventure.

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At the summit of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

I thought Africa was cheap?!

Africa is NOT cheap to travel to. Not by a long shot. Africa is not a continent for backpackers on a seriously restrictive budget, better to save some extra cash and hold off the trip for a year or two as opposed to rushing in and missing out.

Although I was careful with my budget, I still spent about $10k. However, I would say that the trip from Cape Town to Cairo could be done, in 6 months, for around $6,000 at the very, very bottom end of the scale. That would mean missing out on a lot of the more expensive activities. The final price could easily shoot to $20k if you want to do every activity available, stay in decent places, and avoid the (often less than delicious) Sub-Saharan African cuisine. As I said, personally, I spent about $10,000USD.

TLDR? The minimum you can expect to spend is around $6kUSD, and this can go all the way up as much as you want.

Lalibela Ethiopia
Lalibela, Ethiopia. What should be the 8th Wonder of the World!

What are the Cape Town to Cairo highlights?

South and East Africa hold so many highlights it’s difficult to list them all without dominating the article. These activities are also why costs often exceed $10,000USD. Because you don’t want to come all the way here for this epic trip, and then miss out on the best stuff right?!

These are some things you CANNOT miss if you take on the Cape Town to Cairo mission:

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Bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Cape Town to Cairo

1) Cage diving with great white sharks near Cape Town, South Africa

2) Safaris in the Serengeti and Masai Mara (also Kruger, but it’s a distant 3rd compared to the others). Try your best to catch the wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania.

3) Fullmoon parties, and the beaches of Zanzibar

4) Climbing Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (One of the seven summits)

5) Bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

6) Learn to surf in Togo, Mozambique

7) Lake Malawi. All of it, especially Monkey Bay.

8) Trekking with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda

9) White water rafting at the source of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda

10) Feeding wild hyenas mouth-to-mouth in Harar, Ethiopia

11) Visit Somalia, one of the least visited countries in the world. But the ‘safe’ part of Somaliland in the north (for travelling to the real Somalia, in Mogadishu, check this post out)

12) The churches dug into the ground in Lalibela, Ethiopia – this should be a world wonder

13) The Pyramids of Meroe, Sudan that the world seems to ignore. You’ll have it to ourself

14) Riding the ferry from Sudan to Egypt as the Call to Prayer wakes you up at 5am, sailing past the Egyptian monuments on the side of the Nile at Abu Simbel. Unreal.

15) The Pyramids of Egypt, Cairo. Obviously. (Check out the perfect Cairo itinerary here)

16) Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. A sunrise like no other.

17) The Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

18) The lava lake in the Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo)

  • I also then went on through Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria with a host of other amazing things to see but I’ll save that for another blog post (the perfect 7 days in Jordan Itinerary is here).

Cape Town to Cairo Cost Break-Down for Big Ticket Items:

So, yeah, traveling in Africa is way more expensive than people think. It’s actually pretty comparable to the costs of traveling in Europe, to be honest. And worlds away from your South East Asia or Central America budgets. Why is that?

When you’re in Thailand, for example, and travel in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you can cut back on your budget pretty easily. You can stick to street food, cheap tourists buses, and there aren’t endless ‘big ticket’ items that cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

But when overlanding from Cape Town to Cairo, as I mentioned above in the highlights, has so many epic things you don’t want to miss. And the costs quickly add up.

Just have a quick lot at this stuff and you’ll see what I mean:

Ok guys, so these external costs can mount up to $3k or $4k alone. Then you have to think about food, transport, accommodation and entrance fees on top of that.

If you think you’ll be traveling for around 6 or 7 months, that’s approximately 200 days.

If you’re good at sticking to a budget then maybe $20 a day is possible, so 200 days = $4k. Plus the the $4k in fees = $8k.

But $20/$30 a day is tough in most of Africa (Malawi aside). You can see how you easily reach $10k+.

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The spectacular Blue Nile falls in Ethiopia

Organising logistics on the trip

If you book with an Overlanding company, they take care of everything (not quite the adventure though).

If you do it solo, you pretty much work out each step the day before you do it. For example, I organised a flight to Zimbabwe, and nothing else. Each night’s accommodation I organsied that day. Each bus ticket, or bush taxi to the next destination, I organized the day before. And then just kept going.

When you’re in the more popular countries, like Kenya/Tanzania/South Africa, they have hostels where it’s quite easy to plan stuff. When you’re in Malawi, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, things can be a little trickier. BUT don’t be scared. Thousands of Africans are making the journeys you want to make every single day. Just join the crowd.

Go to the bus station in the new town you’re in and enquire about getting to your next destination. Buy the ticket for the next stop. Before long, you’re making your way across the continent.

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Kruger National Park, South Africa


Quitting my Job to Travel From Cape Town to Cairo

I hadn’t yet visited any countries in Africa when I set off (if you’re wondering how many countries are there in Africa, there are 54!). For the past year, I had been working in my only ever corporate job in my life in Australia, on a working holiday visa, and it was during that spell in an office that I knew the ‘real world’ wasn’t from me.

I needed to be true to be myself, I needed to live a different kind of lifestyle, I need excitement, to feel alive. And the Monday to Friday was killing me on the inside. I had to get out of there. So I started a travel blog, quit, and flew one way to Zimbabwe. Home to the amazing Victoria Falls.

8 months overland

I quit my job in Australia in April and flew to Zimbabwe via France. I ended up in Aleppo, Syria just before Christmas. So that’s 8 months in total. If we discount Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria to workout just the Cape Town to Cairo section, I’d say about 6 or 7 months and that was moving pretty fast.

I didn’t know what my plan was other than I would go south to Cape Town in South Africa, and then head north as far as I could with no flight. Fortunately, I made it all the way to Syria (just before the war started, but even now travel to Syria is still possible. I went back in 2019.), and the only flight I took on the entire trip was a flight from Nairobi, Kenya to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia due to a visa blockade. They wouldn’t issue visas by land, so I had no choice. A little hiccup, but an epic trip nonetheless.

The experience was insane. On a tight budget, I arrived on the continent on my own. I met friends at a few different spots but the whole thing was done independently, with no ‘plan’ in place other than knowing that IF we were heading in the direction of Egypt, then we’re were on the right track.

16 hour buses

Despite money being tight, we didn’t skip on seeing the mountain gorillas, or climbing Kili, or going on safari. Instead, we just did everything else super cheap at each point to make up for those pricey experiences. And when we had a chance to kick back and recharge in places like Zanzibar, we made the most of that too. Before puffing out our cheeks, and boarding yet another 16 hour bus somewhere, in a northerly direction. Every 3 or 4 days, I’d be on another long distance bus, or car, to the next stop. 12 hour journeys become the norm, and we just rode with the punches. And at each new destination, I’d arrive, find a spot to crash for $10 or so. Then spend a few days exploring until the next overland ticket was purchased. Rinse and repeat.

Looking back, now in my late 30s and with a bit more money, I don’t know I could face that type of travel. But I loved ever last second of it. So Cape Town to Cairo, if you’re considering it, just do it. Book your own flight flight and go. It’s the final frontier, and it’s waiting for you.

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Cape Town to Cairo. Trying to traverse Malawi via public transport…
The wildebeest migration, Serengeti
The wildebeest migration, Serengeti
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Best McDonalds I’ve ever eaten in, Cape MacClear, Malawi
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Hippos in Tanzania.
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At a camel sacrifice in Sudan.
cape town to cairo The Maasai in Kenya
The Maasai in Kenya
cape town to cairo Hot Air Ballon Egypt
That’s me in the pink ballon! Luxor, Egypt
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Trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda

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  16. awesome post
    i think its best trip going on a cape to Cairo to enjoy the real culture and enjoy the lifestyles of peoples.
    i like your humbleness making pictures with all the peoples. pictures of animals are so adventures thanks for sharing this.

  17. Inspiring post, Johnny. Thanks for the hints and tips. As an old age pensioner I’m a late comer to the adventure of global backpacking. Over the past year and a half I’ve traveled through southern and eastern Europe, Sth East Asia, Borneo and India, and I’m now heading off to Mexico and South America for six months. I then hope to travel your African route in reverse, starting in Jordan. I have a couple of questions. I want to visit Israel. Will an Israeli stamp on my passport affect entry into African countries? Secondly I live week to week and depend on ATM’s to access my funds. Is it easy to find ways to access bank funds along the way? By the way, my budget is restricted to €250 per week (I keep a reserve of €2,000 in the bank for emergencies). Do you this €250 a week is enough? I’m used to sleeping in dorms or in tent. Thanks in advance for any advice. Regards, Sean from Dublin, Ireland.

    1. Israel doesn’t stamp passports anymore unless you specifically ask them to. That said, if you’re leaving Israel by land (i.e. at the Allenby crossing into Jordan), ask the Jordanians not to stamp your passport either, because of course that stamp is an obvious sign that you’ve been to Israel.

  18. Impressive journey and awesome blogpost…Africa has always been close to my heart but have only done Egypt and Mauritius. Looking forward to going for African safaris soon.

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  21. I was also backpacking in Africa two years ago. I traveled from Kenya to South Africa and it already took me 3 months. Now I’m going back soon and I’ll do it all the way from Cape Town to Cairo.

  22. I agree totally. Any money spent in Africa is well spent We’ve spent a total of 18 months (or thereabouts) in various parts of Africa (I think we’ve managed to visit 33 countries) and another 3 months in the Middle East. We’re currently trying to work out how to get back to the countries we’ve missed. Your last trip to Algeria has put that back on our list, and we’d love to get down to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea-Bissau now things have stabilised somewhat.

  23. Very useful post and indeed that was great photos of Africa. Reading your post as well as watching the pics will make everyone think to visit South Africa once in their life, as i do. The prices that you describes also can be a great information for everyone who plan to trip toward Africa and i just cant believe you did it in 19 months for 19 countries.

  24. Wow its such an amazing Journey in 3 months and watching all the photos of Cape Town and other places in Africa that you captured we sure that Africa should be considered as a trip destination especially for its safari. I love to read your post, its so informative and give detail about cost make it more valuable to read.Thanks for sharing

  25. Hey Johnny,

    That trip sounds epic and we’re very envious. We were going to try and do the same as your part one leg in three months… I’m very happy though we decided against it and opted to give it real go when we have more time. What was the public transport like between cities? Were you booking accom ahead of time of winging it when you got to a city?

    Ps. The “Notify me of followup comments via email” check box doesn’t seem to be working 😐

  26. The picture itself proves these places are worth spending for. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are beautiful.

  27. For a “broke backpacker,” you certainly accomplished a lot in those seven months – everywhere from going to the World Cup 2010 final to visiting Aleppo just before the Civil War broke out. Would it be safe to say that this overland trip was your “point of no return?” Or your “coming of age” trip? In other words, after this trip, you knew you just had to visit every country in the world at that point when you just accomplished this much in Africa with very little money to your name?

    1. hard to say mate, i had already been in Asia and Australia (i.e away from Ireland), traveling for almost 3 years so to be honest i guess it was right from my first year in thailand, teaching english, that i knew i would never return 🙂

  28. Good morning, am so happy to have come across your article and am blessed to have tapped a little from your African experience .How ever my aim of writing you at this point in time is to seek information about some African countries am planning to visit from March 5th to April 14th 2015 and will be much happy if you can just help me with some reliable information. Any way am African from Ghana but work and live in Dubai –UAE and I want to visit Egypt, first then from Egypt to Sudan, Sudan to Ethiopia and Ethiopia to Uganda, once I leave Uganda I will be heading to Kenya ,then from Kenya to Togo and Togo back to Dubai, so with that road map in mind I will love you to advice me on the mode of transports starting from Egypt right down to Kenya and the approximate cost from each of the journey. Especially transport by land via rail or buses. Bearing in mind the border crossing I wish to find out about immigration procedures at each border.
    While wishing and hoping your contribution on this will be of help I want to say thanks in advance and looking forward to your prompt response
    Thanks & best regards

  29. Hey Johnny,
    Loved reading about your Cape Town to Cario trip. I am so keen to backpack Africa this year and am trying to figure out how to do it as a solo female traveller. I have looked into your options but would rather just go with the flow at my own pace. Do u think for the most part it’s ok to travel solo? I’m itching for another big adventure, Reading your blogs are so inspirational and helps me follow my travelling dreams for sure. Keep up the good work matey!!!

  30. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure
    whether this post is written by him ass no one ekse know such detailed about my trouble.
    You’re wonderful! Thanks!

  31. Hi I am traveling cape to egypt from november this year using a motor trike it has been a life wish now I am old I have to do it thanks for the positive views. I am a little worried about the sudan borders though cheers tony.

  32. Asking questions are in fact nice thing
    if you are not understanding anything completely, but this paragraph offers nice understanding yet.

  33. What an impressive trip! Definitely on my bucket list, but as a solo woman traveler, for once, I’d like a travel buddy. Your budget sounds quite reasonable, sure, more expensive than Asia or South America but still pretty cheap considering all the awesome stuff you did.

  34. So, Johnny, I am trying to figure out if I can go to Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya and Egypt for a 30-day holiday. I know that the first three will be easy since they are neighbors. The question I have is about Egypt. Would you fly to Cairo first and then fly to Tanzania or Kenya?
    I want to spend at least a week and a half in Tanzania, 4-5 days in Zanzaibar, about a week in Kenya and another week in Egypt.

    1. hey mate, i think the cheapest flght from that area is gonna be nairobi so personally i’d do my thing in Egypt first, then fly and explore the next 3 by land (and boat to zanzibar). A great plan would be Egypt -> Nairobi -> safari in Masa Mara -> mombasa -> Zazibar (via dar es salaam) -> north to Moshi or NgoronGoro crater and back to Dar for your flight home – just an idea 🙂

      1. I knew I was asking the right person. Thank you.

        I read your post about backpacking in Egypt. Do you think 2 days is enough in Cairo, followed by a day trip to Luxor and maybe 2 days in Alexandria?

        Have you been to Namibia? I am amazed at the sand dunes there and wonder if I could add it to this African trip.

        Does Africa have low-cost airlines like Ryan Air?

        1. i didn’t make it to namibia unfortunately mate, it’s so expensive! although i hear it’s beautiful (and really expensive). To answer your question about low cost airlines in Africa – a categorical NO! flights are so pricey, it’s unreal :s To fly to namibia return from Nairobi will cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars!

          2 days cairo, i day luxor and 2 days alexandria sounds perfect mate – you’ll be a little rushed but if you get your game face on you’ll be fine 🙂 personally, that would be enough for me, i spent a lot longer in each place and i was getting bored of more dusty ruins (i know that may sound a little unsophisticated but it’s true :P). If you wanna do the hot air ballooning in Luxor you’ll have to stay 2 days though, cos it’s v early in the morning

          1. I read your Luxor post and I might have to stay two days now. I’ve never been hot air ballooning and would love to experience that. Now that’s I’m researching more, I might try to go around the migration season.

            I did see your prices for everything in Luxor. Looks like I’m going to spend more than I thought I would in Africa. I swear (aside from Japan), Asia spoils you when it comes to relatively inexpensive travel. Did you find that things like snorkeling and eating in Tanzania/Zanzibar were inexpensive?

          2. zanzibar demonstrates a bit of a false economy because it’s such a tourist hub so food and drink there can get pricey. Other than that it’s cheap mate, Africa generally is quite cheap for food and accommodation, it’s just the awesome activities that end up costing a fortune!

        2. When I was in Egypt, I took a train from Alexandria to Cairo in the AM and then took a sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor that night. I spent one day in Luxor and then took the sleeper train back to Cairo, spent a day, and took a train back to Alexandria. Luxor in one day is definitely doable if you have to. The sleeper train may be a good option for you. It was about $60 US each way, but it will save you time and the cost of accommodation elsewhere.

          1. Wow, you move fast!! I traveled a lot slower, took the (cheap) bus and chilled but i had no time constraints so no stress. If you’re in a real rush, this advice is a great option

  35. I hope you liked Cairo. Did you visit it in winter or summer? you will find it less expensive in summer although temperature can be as high as 40 deg C during the day. Alexandria on the other hand is more expensive in summer as it is a Mediterranean resort with long beaches that attract thousands of local tourists in summer. I am looking forward to reading a post about your trip to Egypt.

  36. Dream route! My boyfriend and I are heading back to Africa next year but only to a few countries for two months – Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania and then South Africa for a friend’s wedding. I’ve been doing a little bit of planning and was so surprised at the costs! I’m used to scraping by very little in SE Asia and central America, so it’s come as quite a shock! But will hopefully be an amazing trip!

    Did you travel by yourself? And any recommendations for companies to do the gorilla trek with?

    1. hey Rebecca, what a trip! Sounds like you’re gonna have a blast too – east africa is captivating. I traveled partly by myself and partly with a friend, it’s safe as houses so no drama there.

      For the gorilla trek, there are no companies – you have to do it through the tourist boar, loads of companies act as a 3rd party – avoid them and go straight to the tourist board either in uganda or rwanda. I’m gonna write a post about it this week so i’ll explain it all there in more detail. If you need any help in the mean time just drop me a msg 🙂

      1. VERY excited! Shame it’s planned for October 2011 though – feels soooo far away. Look forward to your post. I’ll email you if I have any more questions re costs and recommendations for things to see and do!

  37. Excellent route and one I’d like to do. I’ve travel through most of the countries on the route but am missing the bridge from Egypt to Kenya. I agree Africa is more expense that Southeast Asia for example, but so doable. It’s my favorite continent in the world and I can’t wait to make another trip back. Would love to chat with you more about your experiences there and your favorite places- I’m sure we’ve been to many of the same places but am always looking to hear about ones I haven’t been to yet!

    1. hey laura,

      thanks for dropping by 🙂 Amazing continent for sure, but I guess with all the negative media coverage, it can be a daunting prospect for travellers sometimes. But if you go beyond that, the rewards are endless. I know you’re a volunteer and there’s so much scope for that area of work across the whole continent so I’m sure they’ll welcome you back with open arms. Any timeline on when you want to return?

  38. Amazing post Johnny, congrats for having done such a route.
    I am a route-lover and have performed some such as Route 66, the Transiberian or Southern Africa during my last holidays. The Pan-American and the Pan-African routes are in my list too, but I will need to quit my job first 🙂
    I was told that the most difficult / dangerous part for the African one is crossing Sudan, is that right?
    I am beginning to write my own blog and following world travelers, so you have a new fan here.
    Keep going…

    1. Hey diego,

      thanks for the kudos – i actually didnt stop in Cairo but i know most people do, hence the blog title. I continued for another month on into the Middle East – great people in that part of the world.

      Sudan was ok, bureaucratic-heavy but worth the effort. Somaliland was prob tougher but the most dangerous part is taking buses all the time. I was probably in around 5 crashes in my 6 or 7 months, it’s a nightmare! but u have little choice to get around otherwise :S

      Uv been around a bit too mate – look forward to reading your blog, take it easy mate


  39. Wow, doing this treck has NEVER crossed my mind. This actually doesnt seem like a bad Idea to once I am done exploring Egypt on my RTW trip. Im saving this post and fav’ing your blog. I will be reading more of your adventure to learn more about it.

    Glad I came across this.

    1. Hey jaime,

      yeah i didn’t realise it was a backpacker route until i decided to do it but when ur there lots of people are doing (by lots i mean a a handful but that seems like lots when you’re in somaliland, sudan, djibouti etc!). Hope u get a chance to do it mate – if u do, keep me posted please!


  40. Gosh I am in a muddle today … what i meant to say was great info as I intend a return to Africa and it will be traveling a variation of this route, I think, and didn’t realize exactly how much i’m gonna spend … better cut down on beers tonight … actually, nah.

    the candy trail … a nomad across the planet, since 1988

    1. im sure after 20 years u have a few tricks up your sleeve to make that money stretch mate! Africa is one crazy continent tho, that’s for sure

  41. Yeah crossed from Ethiopia to Sudan – pretty intense to be honest! I was in a mosque and stumbled across this, check this camel sacrifice out (video at the bottom of the page):

    it was relatively safe but the visa was a real hassle and having to constantly check into police stations got a bit frustrating. Great experience tho and a cracking country to backpack in..

  42. Thanks for the post. We were thinking of doing this initially… but later on decide to skip South Africa due to it being more expensive than we initially thought. Did you cross Sudan from Ethiopia? What was it like?

    1. Yeah crossed from Ethiopia to Sudan – pretty intense to be honest! I was in a mosque and stumbled across this, check this camel sacrifice out (video at the bottom of the page):

      it was relatively safe but the visa was a real hassle and having to constantly check into police stations got a bit frustrating. Great experience tho and a cracking country to backpack in.

  43. Agreed … Travel is no longer dirt-cheap nearly anyway – amazing that some articles BS about traveling the world for free – unless you beg, sleep in the streets – couch-surf, eat crap, take advantage of locals – no way, that’s mostly what you are in for as an extreme budget traveler in much of Africa. UNLESS you are African or really get amongst it.

    Hey, at less the ganja and beers still cheap … MRP

    1. hey mate,

      i’d say central asia is the last place you can truly scrape by on. Pakistan, Iran, India (for the next few years only tho) Bangladesh – these countries you can get by on $10 a day. Most other places though, you’d have to double that as a bare minimum

      I couldn’t believe in some countries in Africa the price of a bottle of 1lt bottle of water is the same price as a bottle of coke/beer… difficult to refuse really!

      1. Yeah, sorry, in my liquor haze last night I really meant in Africa but yeah certainly the Indian subcontinent & Indonesia rank amongst the best but many parts of Africa – especially the West, are no bargain compared with good-value SE Asia or even Central America & Bolivia & Colombia.

        Now, time for a cheap cold Chinese beer …

        the candy trail … a nomad across the planet, since 1988

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