My name is Justin Pargeter. I am from Johannesburg South Africa and am 22 yrs old. Having just completed my honours degree in African Archaeology I feel it is time to explore this amazing continent of mine!! I plan to take 2007 off and backpack from Johannesburg up to Kenya and possibly even further north. I've never really travelled such a long distance alone but am in no way afraid of what lies ahead, rather more excited! I plan to travel through Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania then on to Kenya. Seeing as how my journey is to last a year I will need to do some form of peace work along the way, archaeologically related or not. If anyone has any tips on what to take on such a journey, where to stay (cheapest) or where i could find such jobs I would be much appreciative.
Africa by foot, You must be really determined. Just watch out for what you eat along the way, and how you sleep baaring in mind that there is malaria and other tropical deseases. I'm sure you must have heard a lot of Olduvai Gorge-the so called craddle of mankind. I know of a famaous doctor Dr. Fidelis Masao doing research over there, may be you mat wanna meet him when you set your feet in Tanzania. Drop me a line if you will need some help.
Sounds bladdy amazing earning money in england to do the same thing, Theres not alot of info out there specially if you want to skip the overpriced tour companies in tanzania and kenya. our plan is to go from cape town down the garden route to my home town slummies(East London,for the less informed) then up to the kruger from kruger up to Vic Falls and then from them cut across to the coast of mozambique tanzania kenya and then uganda to see mountain gorillas. The best bit of advice would probably go between july and september so you can catch the great migration but thats about it oh and phone tanzania tourism board i havent got around to it but apparently theyll be able to pint you in the direction of good accomadation. I'll keep you posted I get ne more info. Hope you will to